We’re a small charity seeking trustees to help make a big difference

About the charity:

A Mile in Her Shoes (AMiHS) is a small, volunteer-led organisation and registered charity that helps women at risk of homelessness to find their feet through running and social opportunities.

AMiHS is one of the country’s most exciting young charities. Four years after it was set up, it was shortlisted for the 2017 Guardian Public Service Awards and was recently awarded project funding from Comic Relief. The Board and delivery teams are all passionate and inspirational volunteers, and such is the appeal of the work that AMiHS does, that there is a waiting list for new volunteers to become run leaders

AMiHS works with partner organisations with experience in the homelessness sector to provide opportunities to take part in sessions that have a focus on fun, fitness, social interaction and participation in running and games.  Women experiencing multiple disadvantages can experience many barriers to participation in physical activities.  The AMiHS approach and activities are designed to reduce these barriers and allow women affected by homelessness to enjoy the physical and social benefits of exercise.

As the decision-makers for a small charity with big plans for the future, the AMIHS trustees are responsible for driving the overall strategy for the charity. This involves coming to decisions on immediate, short-term projects and issues while also discussing and implementing plans for how the charity can move forward in the medium and long-term.

Like 82% of UK charities, we don’t employ paid staff yet, although we have plans to change this in the coming months. For the time being it is vital that our trustees are also able to be hands-on and involved with driving forward our work on the ground. Running and leading a run group, though encouraged, is not essential – but a strong interest in the issues surrounding what we do most certainly is.

We are particularly interested in hearing from applicants with experience in volunteer management, fundraising, marketing, governance, HR and the charity/ homelessness sector in general. Although volunteers directly involved with our run groups are female, there are no gender restrictions on being a trustee and we welcome opportunities to continue to diversify our leadership at Board level.

Key duties

Trustee role at Board Meetings:

  • Attend Board meetings regularly (these are held on weekday evenings, six times per year in central London)
  • Reading any paperwork in advance of meetings and preparing for relevant agenda items that have been circulated, as appropriate
  • Updating fellow trustees on ongoing projects and assigned actions between meetings as required
  • Each trustee should use any specific skills, knowledge or experience they have to help the Board reach sound decisions. This may involve:
    o    Giving reasoned opinions on proposed ideas and discussion points
    o    Scrutinising Board papers and proposals
    o    Leading discussions
    o    Highlighting and ensuring that the Board focuses on key relevant issues
    o    Providing guidance on new initiatives, opportunities and developments in the homelessness and women’s  sector
  • Willingness to take on actions, including those that may not be within the Trustees’ current experience
  • Taking minutes from time to time

The role of the trustees outside board meetings:

Whilst the role is primarily strategic and advisory, as we are currently a small charity with no paid staff, Trustees will be expected to offer ad-hoc operational support.  Such tasks will include:

– logistical support of groups and events, representing AMiHS at events to promote the work of AMiHS, research and feedback to the Chair and Board and assistance with preparation of grant and funding applications.

– Chairing/co-chairing one of our forthcoming sub-committees/working groups. These include areas such as:

1. PR and Communications
2. Fundraising
3. Corporate governance and finance
4. Group development and volunteer management.

Trustee Person Specification:

  • Commitment to and willingness to work in accordance with AMiHS principles and values of social inclusion, equality of opportunity and participation, particularly for women experiencing the most disadvantage
  • Willingness to devote the necessary time and effort, currently including: attending 6 Board meetings a year, taking place on a weekday 6.15-8.15 pm and when established, approximately 4 sub-group meetings each lasting up to 2 hours each.
  • Trustees should also be able to complete practical actions arising from meetings in a timely manner
  •  Trustees should also be available to provide small ad-hoc advice and inputs as necessary to the Chair and     when appointed, support in guiding a member of paid staff as required
  • Strategic vision
  • Good, independent judgement
  • Ability to think creatively
  • Use experience and knowledge to contribute to discussions, including willingness to contribute a view that may differ from your colleagues
  •  Understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship7
  • Ability to work effectively as a member of a team including willingness to take on actions which may currently not be within your area of experience
  • Nolan’s seven principles of public life as outlined in the Trustee Code of Conduct: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership
  • Able to maintain confidentiality of AMiHS business and activities
  • Ability to recognise and declare any conflict of interests which may arise from interests elsewhere whilst acting for AMiHS.

At the moment we operate mainly in London but with growing interest and a board to match, there’s plenty of potential to expand to other areas.

​We are an equal opportunities organisation and welcome applications from all backgrounds, including those who have been personally affected by homelessness and related issues.

How to apply:
If you’re interested, please email volunteer@amileinhershoes.org.uk an expression of interest – ideally with a CV or similar – which tells us a bit about you and what you can bring to our Board: by 22nd April 2018

Interview dates: Please note that interviews will take place in London in May.

We apologise that due to limited resources, we will only be able to respond to those applicants we wish to invite to interview.

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