Trustee (HomeStart)


Home Start Causeway


Home -Start Causeway is an independent local charity under the auspices of Home-Start UK. It is governed by a board of trustees and has a team of 2 staff and over 30 family support volunteers. Home- Start Causeway  is a volunteer organisation which provides home visiting and group support to families with at least one child under 5 years old, who are experiencing difficulties such as isolation, disability, illness or multiple births. Volunteers are individually matched with a specific family and provide practical and emotional support for a few hours each week for as long as required.

Role Description:

To attend trustee meetings and play an active part in meetings and deliberations. As a member of the board of trustees: to hold Home-Start Causeway in trust for current and future beneficiaries; to provide good governance, leadership and direction for Home-Start Causeway within the ethos and values of Home-Start; to ensure that the scheme complies with all legal and regulatory requirements; to ensure financial stability and accountability, and to ensure the scheme fulfils its responsibilities as a good employer and an effective manager and supervisor of staff and volunteers. To use own skills, knowledge and experience to help trustees reach sound decisions.

Desirable Skills and Experience:

Commitment to Home-Start and the role of trustee

Willingness to devote the necessary time and effort

Good independent judgement

Ability to work effectively as a member of a team

Willingness to speak their mind

Strategic vision

Understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship

Abiding by Nolan’s seven principles of public life: selflessness, integrity,objectivity,accountability,openness,honesty and leadership


Days/Times Required: Approximately 6-8 hours a month, including trustee meeting once every 6 weeks for approximately 2-3 hours. (currently Tuesday mornings).

Location: Meetings held in Coleraine

Induction process and ongoing safeguarding training is provided.

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