Trustee Volunteer Vacancies

Swansea Women’s Aid Trustee x 3

Location Swansea

Are you looking for a way to give something back, or make a difference to your community?  You may come from the professional, business or care communities and/or have benefitted from Women’s Aid services yourself in the past. If you have the time, relevant experience and share our values, you can help make a real difference to women and children in Swansea. You don’t have to be an expert in domestic abuse or have Trustee experience to be part of our valued team, as induction and full training is given.

Swansea Women’s Aid (SWA), est. 1975, provides temporary accommodation and/or support to women and their children in Swansea who have suffered or are experiencing domestic violence and abuse, in all its forms. Our specialist staff work with women and children in a number of ways, both in-house and within the community, to help them recover from violence and trauma and to move forward with their lives. As you will no doubt be aware, the Covid situation heightened the risk of domestic abuse. SWA staff and volunteers worked tirelessly throughout all lockdowns, coping with the increased demand. Sadly, demand remains high and we must look to the future to grow our services to meet this increased need. Additionally, we continue our work to educate and inform the wider public, the media etc. with the long term aim of improving attitude, behaviour and the social landscape, for women and children and their rights to safety.

The Trustee Board works very closely with the Chief Executive Officer and senior staff of SWA to develop future strategy and to ensure good management and governance of our services. Applicants from all backgrounds are welcome including those who can demonstrate experience and skills in one or more of the following areas:

  • Commercial experience
  • SME owner
  • HR /Employment Law
  • Welsh Language
  • Service delivery to families e.g. Social Worker
  • Digital Marketing

Trustees work on a voluntary basis and are not expected to contribute financially. Board meetings take place 6 times a year in the evening in Swansea and or virtually as required. Additionally, Trustees may meet a couple of times per year to discuss specific matters such as strategic planning. Depending on expertise, a Board member may be asked to assist with sub committees, projects or problems, but this is not obligatory.

Interested?

The Board works as a team and we pool our expertise. Experience as a service user is as valuable as business experience. So if you feel you have something to offer to help make a real difference to women and children’s lives, please email Kerry Jones, Office Manager at kjones@swanseawa.org.uk to request an information pack which contains further information about the role and the application process.

Please note that these roles are exempt under the Equality Act 2010 pursuant to Schedule 9, Part 1 and therefore we can only accept applications from women. We are however keen to improve the diversity of our Board and particularly welcome applications from women in black and ethnic minority, LGBTQ+ and the disability communities.

Please note our initial deadline to receive completed applications is Friday 27th September 2021 and interviews are likely to be held mid October 2021.