in South Essex, BASIS (www.basissouthessex.org.uk)
is a well-established charity working to improve the independence and quality
of life of those who have visual impairment, their families and carers. BASIS
believes that it is important to raise awareness of the needs of visually
impaired people to the sighted community, changing attitudes, thereby bringing
both groups to a closer understanding of each other.
The organisation provides a diverse range of activities and support to its beneficiaries. With strong links to Guide Dogs for the Blind, RNIB and the NHS, BASIS offers a unique service provision for the area.
This is an exciting opportunity to get involved with this 20 year old organisation as it seeks to grow and develop. Until recently BASIS was run by its board of trustees on a voluntary basis. Recent funding has created a number of paid posts to provide operational running of the organisation and enabling the board to take on a more strategic focus. Having secured funding from The National Lottery and undergone a review of governance BASIS is about to embark on a period of growth and development. The new trustees will be able to play a part in this and therefore enjoy making a difference to this organisation, its beneficiaries and shaping its future direction.
What skills do I need?
role may appeal to someone who has an interest in health or social care, and
those who wish to give something back. The current trustees identified how
rewarding it is to see people on a journey and see how something that you do
makes such a difference.
BASIS would like to appoint at least 1 new trustee to complement the current board in its role as a governing body: setting strategy and ensuring exemplary governance and fiscal control. Ideally the candidate would be someone with an understanding of charities and the voluntary sector. Most importantly they will have strategic expertise and understanding of good governance. BASIS is keen to attract applicants from a diverse audience.
The charity is keen to bring additional skills to its board through the appointment of individuals who ideally have a background in one of the following areas:
- Data Protection policy
- DBS check required
- Equal opportunities policy
- Expenses reimbursed
- Health and Safety Policy
- Ongoing support
- Suitable for under 18s
- Training provided
- Volunteer induction
- Volunteer policy
- Volunteers covered by insurance
- Written role description
When can I volunteer?
Start Date: 28/11/2021
End Date: 01/11/2024
Approx 5 hours per month including 2 hours for Trustee meetings every 6 weeks.