Catholic Care is seeking to recruit four new lay trustees to increase the breadth of knowledge and experience on its established Board of Trustees so as to provide good governance and to achieve the continued effective running of the Charity.

As a values based charity, driven by our own values of Care, Community, Compassion, Dignity, Equality and Justice which derive from Catholic Social Teaching, we are looking to recruit Trustees who are committed to caring for and supporting those in our society who are disadvantaged, vulnerable and marginalised whilst operating as a Trustee within the ethos and teachings of the Catholic Church. For over 150 years Catholic Care has evolved to meet the social challenges across the Diocese of Leeds.

The Charity currently employs around 150 staff, plus a dedicated team of volunteers, who deliver a wide range of services benefitting over 1500 people per year. Our regulated services include residential and supported accommodation for adults with learning disabilities and mental health issues; a residential children’s care home; social work and children’s mental health and wellbeing services predominately delivered in to schools. Our work in the community includes services for women with an unexpected pregnancy; asylum seekers and refugees; retired clergy; groups for older people and pre-school children, and young carers.

The Board of Trustees is responsible for good governance, including the strategic direction of the Charity and the oversight of its performance and activities, including its financial health. Trustees are therefore not expected to become involved in the day to day running of the Charity. The role of trustee is a voluntary, unpaid role. However, all reasonable expenses will be reimbursed.

At the present time we are particularly interested in hearing from those who can demonstrate experience in the general areas of:-

  • HR
  • Fundraising
  • Marketing

and, from those who can demonstrate experience in areas specific to service provision within the Charity including:-

  • Children in a residential setting
  • Adults with a learning disability
  • Adults with mental health issues
  • The community – particularly in respect of the prevention agenda
  • Vulnerable older people and the housing options open to them

Catholic Care provides services to and employs people of all faiths and none. A person who holds the position of trustee is expected to be familiar with and have regards to the values of Catholic Care and work within that framework. He or she must be prepared to operate as a Trustee within the ethos and teachings of the Catholic Church.

Trustees are appointed initially for a three year term with potential further three year terms of office. The Board of Trustees meet four times a year, on a quarterly basis, with some further time commitment for specialist committee members.

Catholic Care is a company limited by guarantee and is a registered charity.

The Charity’s Mission is:

In everything we do, we strive to show how the teachings of Christian love, charity
and justice can shape the way we live together.

We aim to achieve this by taking the Caring Church into the Community and
offering practical services and support for anyone who is disadvantaged,
vulnerable, or marginalised regardless of their faith.

The latest Annual Review for the year ended 31 March 2017 may be downloaded here.

For more information on the role of Trustee, click here to download the Charity Commission guidance: “The Essential Trustee: What you need to know, what you need to do”.

How to apply
Applications are to be made by letter and CV to include a clear statement of what you feel you can bring to the role to Joanne Cunningham, Secretary to the Trustees:

Applicants may be invited to an initial informal discussion at Catholic Care’s offices about the role and its requirements. Short listed applicants will be invited to attend an interview with other members of the Board of Trustees.

Closing Date:
Friday 6 April 2018