Trustee Opportunities - Vacancy Chair of Help & Care Trustee Board
Advert for Chair Vacancy:
Is your leadership style caring and ethical with a cunning entrepreneurial twist?
Help & Care is an established charity & social enterprise at an exciting stage of development. We are a value based organisation with over 30 years experience in helping people and communitities live the lives they choose. We have good governance in place and an established Board plan for transition. We are looking for a Chair with innovative leadership skills to join our talented board and take this plan forward.
For more information about the role, please download the Chair Application Pack
To apply please submit a letter outlining your background, how your professional experience meets the 'role description' and 'person specification' and your interest in the role. If you could send this via email to Lisa Mann - Governance Officer Tel: 0300 111 3303 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
This role is a voluntary position where expenses may be claimed.
Dorset Macmillan Advocacy
Dorset Macmillan Advocacy partners volunteers with individuals affected by cancer whether they are patients, carers or relatives. The patients we support are aged 50 or over, carers and relatives can be any age.
Advocacy is about ensuring all people are treated fairly and have access to the best treatment and support. Peer volunteer advocates help people to get hold of and understand information, explore their options and rights and help them to have their wishes heard.
By helping older people affected by cancer to resolve issues and difficulties that they may be facing, the volunteers enable them to focus on their health and wellbeing particularly if they are feeling unwell and undergoing or recovering from cancer treatment. Volunteers support their partners flexibly, visiting them at home, attending medical appointments or talking on the phone.
Volunteers should have a good understanding of the impact of cancer, perhaps through a personal experience of cancer or other illness. No previous experience of advocacy is necessary as full training is given. We provide regular support and reimburse expenses. The time commitment is about half a day a week plus monthly team meetings. Please contact us for an informal chat in the first instance or click here to visit the Dorset Macmillan Advocacy website to find out more.
A group of about 50 people are registered as general volunteers; they undertake a wide range of tasks offering short term support to people. Tasks are varied, expenses are paid and full training and ongoing support is provided.
Here are a few examples of how our volunteers help people
- Doing a little shopping
- Writing a letter
- Completing forms
- Accompanying someone to appointments
- Walking a dog
- Accompanying a person on a social or leisure activity
- Helping someone with a hobby
Our telephone support service now runs on three afternoons a week, when a team of volunteers make regular phone contact to isolated people.
We have a Moneyfriends scheme offering practical help (but not financial advice) to those suddenly faced with managing finances.
Our volunteers also help with a walking group and do home visits to people following bereavement.