We are looking for a Treasurer and two Trustees who are passionate about our vision for an inclusive and diverse society in which all LGBTQ people can realise their own unique potential.
Who We Are
Switchboard is a charity for LGBTQ people looking for a sense of community, support or information. We connect people and support them directly through specially developed Switchboard services or link them to other specialist organisations.
This year we are be celebrating our 45th year, this landmark makes Switchboard the longest-running LGBT organisation in Brighton and Hove, making this is an important and exciting time to be joining the charity. Switchboard is in a solid position and we have an effective governance structure in place, a strong vision, clearly defined values and a strategy for the future.
Switchboard’s dedicated staff team run a number of services that offer information and support, befriending and social prescribing for LGBTQ communities. The services include: our volunteer-run helpline, older people’s project, health and inclusion project, disabled people’s project, Rainbow Dementia Café, trans link project and a trans survivors helpline.
As with other sectors, during the COVID-19 crisis we have had to temporarily redesign our service offer. All of our services are currently being delivered remotely, via the telephone, email and digitally (group Zoom sessions). Although it has been a challenging time the entire Switchboard team have worked hard to ensure that services users are still able to access support.
Who We Are Looking For
We are now looking to recruit a Treasurer and two new general Trustees to continue to develop the organisation in line with our strategy. We are in even more challenging times, from the impact of COVID-19 and beyond, demand for services are increasing and all forecasts indicate this will continue. Public sector funds are continually under pressure, so a need to diversify our income is a must. There are greater pressures for organisations to evidence impact, outcomes and value for money.
We are looking for people with strategic vision, independent judgement and a willingness to give time and commitment to being a trustee. We would especially welcome individuals with previous experience of human resources, fundraising, the voluntary and community sector or being a trustee. Trustees aren’t paid, but it’s a rewarding experience and you can easily make an impact. Currently the Trustee Board are meeting (virtually) monthly.
Switchboard strives to achieve diversity and inclusion at all levels throughout the organisation, and to ensure we are working with and for all sections of our LGBTQ communities. We particularly welcome applications from anyone who identifies as QTIPOC (Queer Trans Intersex People of Colour) or LGBTQ BAMER (Black Asian Minority Ethnic Refugee), trans and non-binary people, trans women of colour, intersex people, refugees, migrants or asylum seekers, people of faith, older people and disabled people as these groups are currently under-represented on our Trustee board.
How to Apply
To be considered for the role of the Treasurer or a Trustee please send a brief CV and covering letter to our Chair Dawn Draper as to why you would like to be a Trustee at Switchboard and what skills and experience you will bring to the role. For more information or an informal discussion on the role of trustee, please contact Dawn at the email address below.
Please ensure you have read the role description below for further information about the position of Trustee.
Postal address: Switchboard, Community Base, 113 Queens Road, Brighton BN1 3XG
Closing date: 30th June 2020 (interviews TBC and in the current circumstances will be held remotely)