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Taking on the role of a trustee is one of the most important forms of volunteering in the sector. Trustees give direction to a charity and are ultimately responsible for its activities. The time and skills 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.

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.

Our board meets four times a year and we also have sub-committees that focus on particular areas of work or projects. Most of our trustees are involved with one or more sub-committee, as well as having a good understanding of the charity’s work overall.

The benefits of being a trustee

Being a Trustee 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 are especially interested in survivors of abuse who are able to bring a lived experience to our board and our decision making.

If you are interested in becoming a trustee, please read Information for Prospective Trustees and complete the application form and Equality Monitoring form below.

Information for Prospective Trustees (PDF)
Trustee Application Form (Word)
Equality Monitoring Form (Word)

Please send your application form to

Equalities monitoring forms should be sent to

Or, please feel free to post the forms to 1A, Whip-Ma-Whop-Ma Gate, York, YO1 8BL

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