OPP OF THE DAY: Trustee Vacancies – Beacon Centre for the Blind

Do you want to make a visible difference for people with sight loss?

Beacon Centre for the Blind is a charity with a 145-year heritage of supporting people affected by sight loss. Like most charities, we have been significantly impacted by the pandemic however, we are more determined than ever to help those who need us most.

It is an exciting time to join our charity, with new ways to support our members as we emerge from lockdown as well as projects to develop and launch.

We’d welcome those with lived experience, who have been affected directly or indirectly by sight loss and/or have eye health experience. We are also seeking to ensure all of our members are represented on the Board, through a diverse and inclusive team.

If you are passionate about making a difference, we have a number of Trustee vacancies on a voluntary basis covering a variety of specialist roles including:

• Fundraising / Marketing

• Charity Retail

• Digital Inclusion

• Health & Social Care

But we are also keen to hear from anyone who is passionate about making a difference and wants to give something back to their community.

What is the role about:

You will work with the Chair and other trustees to provide guidance and support to all areas of the charity. Trustees are also expected to fulfil a legal role in ensuring the charity operates within its aims and expectations.

As a trustee you will join the main Board which meets four times a year, and we would also like you to join one of the two sub committees which also meet four times a year. Trustees are also encouraged to support Beacon fund raising events. As a Trustee you would also be in email and phone contact with relevant director and wider team if you particular skills and expertise are required.

You will be continually supported by the Chair and other trustees.

The first term of office for every Trustee shall be one year, followed by three years renewable for two further terms thereafter.

What is in it for you:

You will have the opportunity to:

· Utilise your skills for the public benefit through the support of a leading regional sight loss charity.
· Deepen your understanding of charity management and governance.
· Support the achievements of Beacon’s charitable objectives, resulting in a visible difference for people with sight loss.
· Feature on our website as well as blog opportunities and CSR links for your organisation/personal profile.

To apply, please send your CV along with a short covering letter of application to the contacts listed below. In your covering letter, please summarise your motivations and experiences for applying for the role. Lisa Cowley, CEO: lcowley@beaconvision.org Kathy Roper, Chair of Trustees: kroper@beaconvision.org

Supporting information: Chair of Trustees Blog: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/make-difference-becoming-trustee-beacon-kathy-roper/?trackingId=OXs9cjrIQkmKkV6poWjyvA%3D%3D