Vacancy – Charity Trustee

Do you live in Mountsorrel? Are you interested in helping local people who are in need, hardship or distress? Are you looking to gain experience as a charity trustee?

The Mountsorrel United Charities have been caring for the people of Mountsorrel since 1874, when several smaller charities were combined. We have a vacancy for a co-opted trustee to help us in our work. You will need to live in Mountsorrel, or have an interest in the village.

The Mountsorrel United Charities (MUC) acts as an umbrella organisation, investing funds and distributing income. Trustees of MUC are also trustees of Mountsorrel Relief in Need Charity and the Charity of Hugh Phipps, both of which are grant making charities. For efficiency, the business of the three charities is combined.

Most grants are made by the Mountsorrel Relief in Need Charity to individuals in need, although grants are also made to organisations who provide services to people in the village.

    Trustees meet 8+ times a year in the evening to:
  • Consider detailed information about grant applications
  • Make collective decisions about which applications to fund or not
  • Ensure that items and services are provided to Mountsorrel residents when they are most in need
  • Consider financial information and ensure the availability of funds now and for future generations
  • Oversee the work of the charity, ensuring legal compliance

    We are looking for someone who:
  • Is empathetic, caring and considerate, respectful and non-judgemental
  • Has a good understanding of issues affecting people living in need, hardship or distress
  • Has knowledge and experience of the benefits system, either as an applicant, or recipient of benefits, or as an adviser, and/or has financial/accounting experience
  • Can commit to attending and participating in meetings regularly

Only 4 out of 14 current board members are women so to address this imbalance we especially encourage women to apply.
To apply, you should email your CV and covering letter to the Chair, George Overton, ​​. In your covering letter please clearly indicate how you meet the above requirements.
For an informal chat about the role please contact George on 07999589044.

Closing date for applications is Friday 31st December 2020.

Mountsorrel United Charities Trustee role description

    Trustees need to be willing and able to:
  • Read and digest detailed grant application information
  • Understand basic financial information
  • Clarify their understanding by asking questions of those who carry out work on behalf of the charity
  • Challenge policy and procedure in a tactful manner
  • Bring their skills, knowledge and experience as local residents to the table
  • Maintain confidentiality
  • Respect the views of others around the table
  • Attend meetings regularly and actively participate in discussions
  • Accompany the Relief in Need Coordinator on visits from time-to-time
  • Confirm they are not excluded from acting as a charity trustee

Support and guidance is available to all trustees. When recruited, new trustees receive a trustee handbook (online and on paper), which includes governing documents, policies, annual report, recent minutes, and guidance from the Charity Commission and other bodies, including about the responsibilities of charity trustees. The handbook is a working document which isupdated as the need arises. Further induction and training take place in person with the Chair and others as appropriate. This includes, within the first three months, accompanying the Relief in Need Coordinator on visits to applicants. Trustees may be asked to attend courses /seminars / webinars provided by other agencies from time to time. New trustees are also encouraged to “buddy up” with another trustee, and to contact the Chair or Clerk with any queries relating to governance, finance or general procedures.