Are you a Legal Legend?
Join our Board of Trustees

We are recruiting for a number of voluntary positions to join our Board of Trustees. Worthing Community Chest is a registered, local, independent charity that enables local groups and charities to achieve community enrichment through grants we award.

Our vision

To be the “go-to” funder and partner of new and developing community groups in Worthing. Together we improve, transform and enrich lives.

What is a trustee?

Trustees, also called board members, are the volunteers who lead charities and decide how they are run. Becoming a trustee at Worthing Community Chest is a great way of contributing to causes you care about and developing strategic and leadership skills at the same time. Whether you are an experienced trustee or want to take your first step at board level, we want to hear from you.

Are you a Legal Legend?

Are you thrilled by policy wording and compliance? Join us to update policies aligning with legislation, including employee/volunteer rights, cyber laws, GDPR, disability laws, etc.

Typical Tasks

  1.  Policy Development: Collaborate on policies, ensuring compliance with legal frameworks.
  2.  Compliance Oversight: Guide adherence to laws, regulations, and reporting obligations.
  3.  Risk Management: Assess legal risks, develop mitigation strategies.
  4.  Legal Advice: Provide expert guidance, support decision-making within legal boundaries.
  5.  Working Group Participation: Collaborate on legal aspects, fundraising, partnerships, and more.

Commitment: minimum one year, board meetings every 8 weeks, 6:30-8:30 pm. Embrace the opportunity to ensure compliance, safeguarding rights and interests of our stakeholders.

 

Skills

  • Legal expertise in employment, volunteer, cyber, GDPR, disability laws
  • Policy development and compliance implementation
  • Analytical thinking for risk assessment and strategic advice
  • Effective communication and collaboration with stakeholders
  • Attention to detail in legal analysis and documentation
  • Ethical mindset and confidentiality handling
  • Problem-solving in navigating complex legal landscapes
  • Adaptability to stay updated and adjust policies accordingly
  • Bring these skills to Worthing Community Chest to ensure legal compliance, protect stakeholder rights, and contribute to our success.

Inclusivity

We strive for a fairer and more inclusive board. Currently, our board is 37.5% female and 12.5% from ethnic minorities. We strongly encourage applications from women, people from diverse ethnic backgrounds, and from any other historically underrepresented groups, such as individuals with disabilities.  A diverse board will better represent the varied groups we support. Join us in making a difference. 

Benefits

As a trustee or volunteer, you will enjoy the following benefits:

  1. Training: Access to training opportunities to enhance your skills and personal development. This can contribute to your Continuous Professional Development (CPD).
  2. Expenses Paid: Reimbursement of reasonable expenses incurred while carrying out volunteer duties.
  3. Fun and Social Aspects: Engage in a supportive and welcoming team environment, fostering new friendships and social connections.
  4. Practical Experience: Gain hands-on experience in fundraising, applying and expanding your existing skills.
  5. Influence and Decision-Making: Have the opportunity to shape the way we manage our grant giving, contributing your unique perspectives and ideas.
  6. Meaningful Impact: Make a direct and tangible difference in enriching the Worthing Community, positively impacting the lives of individuals and groups.

Join our team of dedicated volunteers and experience the priceless rewards of being part of a community-driven organisation.

Practical Considerations

  1. Location and Accessibility: Our Board Meetings are generally held at Worthing Town Hall, Chapel Road, Worthing BN11 1HA, and easily accessible by car and public transportation.
  2. Parking: Ample parking facilities are available nearby, ensuring convenience for volunteers who prefer to drive.
  3. Public Transportation: Bus stops in Chapel Road, Worthing, are located nearby, providing accessible public transportation options for volunteers who prefer to use buses.
  4. Flexible Hours: We understand the importance of flexibility and strive to accommodate volunteers' availability as much as possible. We can discuss flexible scheduling options to ensure a suitable time commitment for trustees.
  5. Legal Commitments: As a trustee, you will have legal responsibilities governed by law. For detailed information on these commitments, please follow the provided link.
  6. Meeting Schedule: Trustees meet every eight weeks for board meetings, where important decisions are made. Additionally, working groups and fundraising events may be organized in between board meetings. We encourage trustees to actively participate in these activities and serve as ambassadors for Worthing Community Chest.

Join us as a trustee, and enjoy the convenience of our location, flexibility in hours, and the rewarding experience of making a difference in the Worthing community.

When do I need to be available?

This is a highly flexible role, allowing you to work at your own convenience, with the exception of board meetings.

Here's what you can expect regarding time commitments:

1. Board Meetings: Board meetings are held every eight weeks, providing a structured framework for important discussions and decisions. These meetings generally take place on a weekday evening between 6:30-8:30 pm.

2. Working Groups: Working groups, aimed at fundraising and partnership activities, are scheduled at times that accommodate the availability of trustees. This flexibility ensures that you can actively participate and contribute in a way that suits your schedule.

3. Estimated Time Commitment: On average, the role requires approximately 10 hours per month. This includes board meetings, working group involvement, and any additional tasks related to fundraising and project implementation. Enjoy the flexibility of working in your own hours, collaborating with fellow trustees, and making a positive impact on the Worthing Community.