Do you have passion, skills and expertise that could help The Compassionate Friends (TCF) to continue to develop in the coming years? The voluntary role of Trustee with our charity is both rewarding and fulfilling and our current Board of Trustees would like to invite interested applicants to apply to help run our charitable organisation which offers support, friendship, understanding and hope to bereaved parents, siblings and grandparents. In November 2018 there will be 4 vacancies on our Board of Trustees.
The Board of Trustees is responsible for the governance and strategic direction of the charity and as such works in a similar way to a company board of directors, in as much as each trustee often takes on an area of responsibility for the benefit of the charity.
We are in an exciting phase of our development, having been in our new national office premises in North West London for over a year, expanded our staff and volunteer base, and developed our range and variety of activities and support. We are looking for Trustees that can help us to develop our strategic direction, continue our careful governance and grow our organisation to be the principal national charitable organisation offering peer support to bereaved parents and their families.
The Board would be particularly assisted by individuals with skills and experience in areas such as but not limited to Information Technology, Human Resources, Volunteer Management, Fundraising, Charity/Company Law, Managing Charity Finances, Training and Events Management, , Public Relations and Communications, or with other skills and experience which could be of benefit to the work of TCF. This is not an exhaustive list and you may have other skills that would benefit the charity. Being a charity Trustee is a commitment and a challenging, but rewarding, role and we always look forward to welcoming new people to the Board. Typically, the amount of time that a board member might be prepared to devote to TCF would be approximately 5 hours per week. The Board meets together 6 times a year, usually in London at the weekend.
As per TCF’s Memorandum and Articles of Association, to qualify to stand for election you must be a fully paid up Donating Member of The Compassionate Friends. If you are not yet a Donating Member please join up HERE or contact the National Office below to sign up and make your donation. You should also consider whether your other activities outside of TCF could create a conflict of interest which might limit your involvement in making management decisions. Please also note that each applicant standing for election must also be nominated by another Donating Member of TCF.
If you wish to be considered for election, please complete the Nomination Form (which can be downloaded at the link or below) - including your biographical information and the details and signature of your nominee - and provide a Personal Statement detailing your skills and experience supporting your application, and why these would benefit the charity. You might like to include why you wish to become a Trustee of The Compassionate Friends. The personal statement should not exceed 300 words and will be issued to the membership, together with your brief biographical information, as part of the voting process.
Your completed Nomination Form should be addressed to The Chair of Trustees and received electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by post to the address below, by 4 pm on Monday 5th November 2018. Any applications received after this date cannot be considered for nomination. Voting papers will be issued to the membership by email by Wednesday 14th November 2018 and the voting will be at and prior to the Annual General Meeting of The Compassionate Friends on Saturday 8th December 2018 or by a Proxy Voting Form (which will be included in the email/letter issued on 14th November if you are unable to attend the AGM).
Announcement of the election outcome will be made on Saturday 8th December 2018 at The Compassionate Friends Annual General Meeting.
Maria Ahern, Chair
Susan Hughes, Vice-Chair
Andrew Miller, Company Secretary
We are looking for an editor for TCF News, our printed charity newsletter published four times a year. It is a lovely job at the heart of our charity. The publication acts as a shop-window for all the events and the wonderful people who make up The Compassionate Friends.
We are looking for someone who enjoys writing and would like to be proactive in looking for news stories within TCF. Many of the articles and features are submitted by our National Office, Trustees and other members, and your role would be to edit and assemble copy and pictures ready for the designer who then lays out the newsletter. Computer literacy is essential.
The ideal candidate would also be interested in developing the publication, writing articles or conducting interviews of interest to our supporting members and donors.
If you are interested in finding out more, please contact Carolyn in the National Office. Tel: 0345 120 3785 or email her.
Leaflets supporting bereaved parents, their family and supporters published by The Compassionate Friends are periodically revised to keep them fresh and up-to-date, and some new leaflets are also created. It’s a lot of work, but so worthwhile: We have sent out more than 10,000 leaflets and flyers in the past 12 months – that’s over 30 different titles – and that number doesn’t even include the downloads from our website.
To continue the good work that’s already been done, we are in the process of reinstating the TCF Publications (Leaflet) Committee as of July 2016. It will run a bit differently from the past, with more electronic communications. Besides welcoming those who would like to have a fuller involvement in the Committee, we are also welcoming those who would rather help on a less regular basis, perhaps with a specific task or project.
We really do need volunteers, so if you would like to help out in any capacity, we’d love to hear from you. Ideally you should be more than 2 years bereaved of a child (or sibling). Please complete the short questionnaire at this link to apply.https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Y26CM39.
Thank you! Hoping to hear from you soon.
PS. For anyone who is new to the work of the TCF Publications Committee, please be aware that our work is on a volunteer basis. There is no payment, although some necessary expenses can be met by our charity.
Each year thousands of parents suffer the loss of a son or a daughter. Please help us to support families in their time of greatest need.