October 2017 will see the coming together of two locally-rooted charities – Sheffield Alcohol Support Service (SASS) and Airedale Voluntary Drug and Alcohol Agency (Project 6). The merged organisation will reduce harms caused by substance use and multiple, complex needs to individuals, families and communities in Yorkshire. Through enabling self-belief and building inspirational social networks, we want to inspire people to discover and achieve their personal goals.
The merger will enhance service delivery in both Keighley and Sheffield, provide opportunities to develop new and innovative services for people in recovery, families in crisis and those with multiple, complex needs, along with increasing the charities’ financial strength. The two organisations have been working closely together in a number of areas over the past few years and we have recognised that our shared values, culture and approaches to delivering quality services truly meet the needs of our local communities. Both organisations have approached the merger with a commitment to developing a dynamic and sustainable organisation for service users, rooted in local communities; with the shared view of preserving values that maintain a local focus.
We receive our income from a mixture of public sector contracts, earned income and grants, including Local Government, CCG’s, Lloyds Bank Foundation, Big Lottery and Children in Need.
There are currently 10 Trustees on the Board with a range of skills and experience in areas such as HR, finance, health and social care, addiction services, academia and the voluntary sector.
What we are looking for in a Chair
This is an exciting time for the organisation and the Chair of Trustees will be a pivotal role in supporting the development, governance and leadership of the new merged charity. We are looking for someone who is passionate about social change and committed to the values of the organisation. The Chair must be able to advise and challenge where appropriate. In particular we are looking for someone who has experience of working in at least one of the following areas:
- social business or social enterprise
- commercial sector
- non-profit or charitable sector with income generation
We hold a minimum of four board meetings per year, with two additional 'floating meetings', that you will be expected to chair. Board meetings take place in Sheffield and Keighley. As Chair you will also be required to conduct ongoing support and supervision of the CEO and be an active member of the Finance Subgroup. We anticipate a commitment of around 10 hours per month.
This is a voluntary role. All Board trustees are entitled to claim appropriate travel and subsistence expenses. We will also fund relevant training for Board members.
For Further Information
Please see the attached Role Profile (click here).
For an informal discussion about the role please contact Project 6 CEO Vicki Beere on 01535 610180
How to Apply
Deadline – 6th November 2017