Volunteer at Independent People and help young people reboot their lives... and your own.
We are recruiting two new Board Members with backgrounds in Psychology and Social Work.
About 1625 Independent People
1625 Independent People prevents youth homelessness in the South West and has been helping 16-25 year olds reboot their lives through housing and support for over 30 years. Our service works because we keep young people's needs at the centre of all delivery.
With over 100 staff in four locations, we provide housing support and advice to around 1800 young people per year. We’re one of the brightest youth organisations in the South West, leaders in our field, no other organisation in the area has the same wealth of experience.
About the Board
The 1625ip Management Board is made up of 10 volunteer Board Members
from different walks of life and professional backgrounds.
One of the things that unites them is their unrelenting passion for improving services for young people in the South West. Another is keeping 1625 Independent People true to its objectives and going in the right direction.
We’ve been going for over thirty years and having a strong and engaged Board has been a critical element of our success.
The Board works very closely with the Senior Management Team
which is made up of five Directors and our Youth Board
which is made up of young people we support.
Whilst the Board is not involved in every day operational matters, the Chair of the Board is in the office every week and Board members are active in supporting and promoting the organisation externally through events and social media.
- Board Member with Psychology Background
We have developed a nationally recognised Psychologically Informed Environment Framework for the delivery of our services. This is based on recognising the trauma that young homeless people have been through and the need for a “trusted adult” model of delivery.
Our work is supported by external psychologists in terms of training but we are looking for someone who can champion and influence this work at Board level and maintain its importance at a strategic level.
- Board Member with Social Work Background
We deliver services to care leavers and young offenders with high support needs, including a Big Lottery funded complex needs project.
More and more of our work is taking us into the traditional social work arena and while we have hugely experienced staff we have a lack of experience of social work at Board level. Ideally we are looking for someone with managerial experience in social work who can help keep us at the forefront of these exciting developments.
As a Board member you will need to attend a minimum of 80% of the arranged meetings per year - mostly in the evening. (Board meets six times a year)
There are Board papers to read before each meeting and you will also need to take on a proportion of the tasks which are decided at the meetings.
Every Board member is an ambassador for 1625ip – you will need to attend a minimum of one corporate event per year.
How to Apply:
Download this Board Member Application form (Word, 63kb)
For an informal chat about the role please contact our Chief Executive, Dom Wood on 0117 317 8800.
Fill in the application form and email to Dom.firstname.lastname@example.org or post to:
1625 Independent People
59 Old Market Street
Please note we will not consider CV’s.
Then what happens?
All applications will receive a response within two weeks of applying. If the Board and Senior Management Team feel you are a good match you will be invited to attend an informal meeting with a couple of Board members to discuss the role further.