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Become a Trustee

Make a difference to the lives of carers and disabled people in Dundee and join our Board of Trustees

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We are currently recruiting members to join our Board of Trustees

We aim to make a difference to the lives of carers of all ages and disabled people in Dundee, ensuring their rights are promoted and upheld. You can help influence how we do that by joining our Board of Trustees.

To support you to explore this exciting and worthwhile opportunity, a member of our Board of Trustees would be delighted to speak with you.
Please telephone 01382 200422 in the first instance to express your interest.

To discover more about the role of Trustee and the skills and experience required, we have provided answers to some frequently asked questions below. 

What type of work does Dundee Carers Centre undertake?

What type of work does Dundee Carers Centre undertake?

You can find out about our work from our website that contains comprehensive information, our most recent Annual Report and Statements/Policies.

We can also send our General Leaflet to you, please phone 01382 200422 or email [email protected]

General Links

Who manages the Dundee Carers Centre?

Who manages the Dundee Carers Centre?

Lucinda Godfrey is the CEO of the Dundee Carers Centre.

I have worked at the Centre for over 18 years firstly as the Co-ordinator of the Young Carers Project and 15 years as CEO. Before the Centre I worked in youth work and came to Dundee to study from Northern Ireland and never left!

I honestly don’t know where the years at the Centre have gone but know that I continue to enjoy it and am proud of what the Centre has achieved working alongside carers, disabled people and partners.

I am passionate about people being meaningfully involved in the decisions that affect their lives and when I’m not at work I can be found reading a good book.

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What is the role and responsibilities of a Trustee?

What is the role and responsibilities of a Trustee?

The following information sets out the role and responsibilities of being a Trustee

Further links and resources

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What skills, qualification and experience are required?

What skills, qualification and experience are required?

We are looking for Trustees who have a range of skills and experience.

We regularly assess the current expertise available and identify areas where we might want to try to recruit Trustees with particular knowledge and skills.

The Trustee Audit helps with this process but Trustees are not expected to have all the skills identified

Download our Trustee Skills Audit

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Do I have to have lived experience as a carer or disabled person to become a Trustee?

Do I have to have lived experience as a carer or disabled person to become a Trustee?

While this would be valuable, it is not essential. We currently have Trustees who have this experience and you would have the opportunity to meet/work alongside people who are carers or who are disabled

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How many members of the Board are there and who are the current members of the Board?

How many members of the Board are there and who are the current members of the Board?

We currently have 7 Trustees on the Board

Meet our Trustees!

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How often does the Board meet, when does it meet and for how long? How much preparation time is required for Board meetings?

How often does the Board meet, when does it meet and for how long? How much preparation time is required for Board meetings?

The Board currently meets every month on Tuesdays from 12.00 to 1.30 approx. The day and time are reviewed from time to time. Meetings are usually held at the Centre but currently due to the pandemic we are meeting online. Trustees can access support with reasonable expenses to attend meetings.  Papers for each Board meeting are sent out well in advance and will include such items as a Financial report, a CEO report, and Strategic/Operational Plans. We have both business and developmental-type meetings.

Preparation time to read, prepare views and ideas may take approximately 1-hour.

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Are there other opportunities to be involved in developmental work in the organisation?

Are there other opportunities to be involved in developmental work in the organisation?

Although some Trustees prefer to focus solely on Board meetings, others decide to get involved in subgroups, such as the Community Involvement Group, or in fundraising/charity events. In the past, these have included sponsored fun runs/walks, an abseiling event, and the Dundee XmasTree Festival. We also have Staff/Trustee Development days (approx once per year) where we work together on the Strategic Plans for the Centre.

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What type of induction will I receive and what training is available to support me in my role?

What type of induction will I receive and what training is available to support me in my role?

The CEO and Convenor will guide and support you through an induction programme.  Areas of development will be identified at the induction stage and training will be put in place to meet these needs. A Trustee ‘buddy’ can be put in place and ongoing opportunities for training will be available if requested.

If you would like to find out more, please get in touch by phoning 01382 200422 or email [email protected] and we will be happy to arrange a conversation with one of our members.

Interested?

How to apply to become a trustee

If you would like to apply to become a Trustee please download our Trustee Applicant Pack from the following link:

Download out Trustee Application Pack

If you would like the pack to be sent to you please call  01382 200422 or email [email protected] where arrangements will be made for the application pack to be posted to you.