Joining the IDAS Trustee Board, as either a trustee or a committee member, is one of the most important forms of volunteering in the sector. The trustees give direction to a charity and are ultimately legally responsible for its activities. The time, skills and work of our Board of Trustees is incredibly valuable to us at IDAS. Our trustees ensure that IDAS has a clear strategy, and that our work and goals are in line with our purpose, which is to: provide accommodation, support and advice to people who have experienced or been affected by domestic abuse and/or sexual violence.
The trustees could not complete their work without the valuable support of additional committee members of the board. Most trustees start as committee members, which gives them time to get to know and understand the trustees’ responsibilities while developing expertise in one or two aspects of IDAS.
Trustees don’t do the day-to-day running of the charity; they play the role of ‘critical friend’ to the senior management team, giving support and, by challenging, helping the team to manage effectively. Our trustees safeguard our assets, both physical assets such as property, and intangible ones, like our reputation. They make sure we use our resources well and that the charity is run sustainably.
The board meets four times a year, and the Board’s committees also meet around four times a year to focus on particular areas of work or projects. All trustees are involved in one or more committees or other special projects, as well as having a good understanding of the charity’s work overall.
The benefits of joining the IDAS Board
Being a trustee or a committee member is a challenging but very rewarding volunteer role. You can put your skills and experience to use and make a lasting difference to victims and survivors of domestic and sexual abuse. It’s a chance to learn about the management and strategy of our charity and to develop your leadership skills. You’ll get to work with new and interesting people from diverse backgrounds. With limited compulsory meetings, it’s the perfect volunteering opportunity for busy people.
We’d love to hear from you
If you are interested in learning more about joining our board we’d love to hear from you. We offer an induction programme, a board buddy and ongoing training to new members of the board. We want to widen the perspective of the board’s decision making. So we particularly want to hear from you if you are from an ethnic or cultural minority group or are a young person with experience of living with domestic abuse or have a disability.
If you are interested in joining the Board as a committee member or trustee, please read the Information for Prospective Trustees and send us a form expressing your interest (below) so that we can arrange an initial, informal chat.
Please send your Expression of Interest form to email@example.com
The Equalities monitoring form should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Or post the forms to Board Secretary, 39 Blossom Street, York YO24 1AQ