Deadline: 29 Mar 2024

Organisation Overview

Pride Action North is the trading name of Northumberland Pride Limited. We are a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual Plus (LGBTQIA+) charity based in Ashington, Northumberland and Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

“We aim to create a holistic and inclusive community where everyone can thrive. We are committed to raising awareness through education and collaboration, empowering individuals to achieve their full potential.”

You can read more about our new Three Year Strategy: 2024 – 2027 on our website and how this role will contribute to our commitment to refocus power and resources, addressing the unique needs of both rural and urban LGBTQIA+ communities.

Our values are Acceptance | Advocate | Working Together and you can find out more about our values and mission statement on our website.

We provide support services to youths and adults ranging from one-to-one support to group sessions, mental health and wellbeing support, hate crime support and domestic and sexual violence and abuse support; hate crime support.

A number of training and development programmes we run include inclusivity workshops, protected characteristics workshops, information and advice advocacy and awareness raising.

What makes Pride Action North unique is that 70 per cent of our staff identify as belonging in the LGBTQIA+ community and those that don’t are firm allies, with vast experience of supporting and working with individuals who are part of our community. This means we can fully understand issues from a personal perspective and we are up-to-date with the latest legislation and information relating to the community.

Role Details

Time requirements: 0-5 hours a month

Attendance: Remote (Minimum 4 board meetings a year, where applicable, attendance at sub group’s and other ad-hoc tasks throughout the year)

Role Description

Trustees plays an enormous role in charities up and down the country, and host legal responsibility for the their charities management and administration. Trusteeships are unpaid, and those who take this role in Pride Action North will significantly contribute to the health and wellbeing of LGBTQIA+ people across the North.

Being a Trustee of any charity can be demanding at times, particularly in using your skillsknowledge and abilities in decision making but is equally rewarding.

We’re initially looking for individuals with a background and/or experience in legal or business development. However, if you have a background and/or experience you think we need then we’d encourage you to apply. This could include individuals with significant senior management experience, marketing, promotions and public relations and local regional and national policy. We plan on appointing at least two Trustees, however will appoint more if a candidate is suitability matched to the gaps identified by the board.

You don’t need to have been a Trustee before, it’s more important that we have the right people who can spearhead our three-year strategy. Our strategy is  designed to guide Pride Acton North towards being the leading champion in the North of England for the LGBTQIA+ community and Trustees that join us are key to making our vision a success.

We have eight strategic priorities for the next 3 years which you can read in our strategy document. They embody our commitment to growth, inclusivity and positive change.

LGBTQIA+ people need us more than ever and by refocusing power and resources, our strategic vision we will ensure that both the needs of rural and urban members of our community are met. With the collective efforts of our staff team and a strong Trustee board we Pride Action North will be determinedstrong and thriving.

Required Skills & Experience

1. Proven ability to think strategically and contribute to the development and execution of long-term plans.

2. An understanding of and commitment to equity, quality, diversity and inclusion.

3. Ability to work effectively as part of a team

4. Demonstrated passion for and alignment with Pride Action North’s mission and values.

5. Willingness to actively advocate for and promote the Pride Action North’s goals.

6. Ability to understand financial statements.

7. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

8. Ability to articulate complex issues clearly and concisely.

9. Experience in shaping and implementing organisational strategies.

10.Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with diverse groups of people.

11.A commitment to responsible and accountable decision-making.

12.Willingness and availability to commit the necessary time to fulfill trustee responsibilities, including attending board meetings and committee work.

13.Demonstrated commitment to personal and professional development.

14.Experience in fostering a positive and inclusive organisational culture.

15.Previous experience serving on a board of trustees or in a similar governance role.

16.Understanding of legal and regulatory requirements relevant to the charity sector.

17.Experience in financial oversight, budgeting, and financial management.

18.Ability to leverage personal and professional networks for the benefit of the charity.

19.Understanding of the charity sector, current trends challenges and opportunities.

20.Ability to assume a vice- chair position in the future or as Chair of a subcommittee.

This opportunity is available through Reach Volunteering - please apply here

Causes: Children and Youth, Community Support, LGBTQ+, Health, Mental Health, Social Welfare
Roles: Trusteeships and Governance
Pride Action North
Local charity based in Ashington, NE63 9JZ
North East

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