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MRS Independent Living

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Main tasks
- Preparing for, attending and contributing to Management Committee meetings.
- Providing feedback on our strategic thinking, objectives and plans, and considering their financial implications.
- Reviewing risks and preparing to mitigate these, if needed.
- Contributing to reviews of systems, policies and procedures to ensure these are efficient, effective and based on best practice.
- Drawing on your experience (personal and professional) to make the best decisions for the long-term interests of MRS and the people and communities we serve.

Trustees must be:

- Able to meet the requirements described in the person specification below. This may be through their life experiences (which may include caring or voluntary activities), professional roles, as a user of services or as a local resident.
- Committed to the aims and values of the organisation.
- Able to meet the time commitment, which includes five 2-hour Management Committee meetings per year plus preparation in the form of reading papers prior to meetings.
- Willing to abide by all MRS policies and procedures.
- Willing to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check before their appointment is confirmed.

Business, Management & Research,Trusteeships & Committees

Basic IT skills - internet & email, Negotiating

We are looking for people who have: - An understanding of one or more of the communities with whom MRS works. - A basic knowledge of how charities or social enterprises operate. - The ability to build relationships and make others feel valued and appreciated. - The ability to ask probing questions and query information. - The ability to actively listen and be respectful of different views. - The ability to think creatively. - The confidence to contribute ideas and respectfully challenge thinking in a constructive way. - A commitment to our organisational vision, values and ethos. - A commitment to honesty, integrity and confidentiality. - A commitment to team working and decision through consensus. -A willingness to learn about and understand all areas of our work.

Being a Trustee is an unpaid volunteer role. We will support you in the role through: - Reimbursement of reasonable expenses, e.g. whenever travel to meetings is required. - Access to training and development opportunities, which may be provided in-house or externally. This will include support to help you understand the legal duties and responsibilities of trusteeship. - Opportunities to visit our services and projects and see them ‘in action’. - A Trustee ‘buddy’ to help you settle into your new role as Trustee, fill in gaps in your knowledge, answer any questions etc.

1-4 hours per month.

Further location details may be provided below.

Natalie Pink


Email volunteering@mrsindependentliving.org or phone 0330 380 1013

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The Management Committee meets remotely via Zoom.

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We warmly welcome applications from people from all backgrounds, particularly those from diverse communities and people who use or would be eligible to use our services, such as older people, people with disabilities or people facing mental health challenges. It would be helpful to have a current or past connection to the area in which we work (Hackney, Islington or the City of London), but it’s not essential. We would love to hear from people who can help hold us to account on our diversity, equality and inclusion objectives, including people: From Black British, African or Caribbean communities with lived experience of the institutional barriers and racism faced by Black people in North East London. With lived experience as someone who has or may be likely to experience discrimination or disadvantage on the basis of a protected characteristic e.g. race, disability, sex, sexuality, age etc. We are also keen to receive applications from people with professional skills and experience, particularly in finance, fundraising, communications and marketing or charity/business management (you must have a minimum of 3 years’ experience in one of these areas). You don’t need to have previous Trustee, Board or senior management experience - it’s much more important that you are interested in our work, share our values, are confident expressing your views and opinions, can work well as part of a team, and are willing to learn.

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