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Youth Trustees

Surrey Youth Focus
15 October, 2018
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Youth Trustees – Surrey Youth Focus (SYF)

Fantastic part-time voluntary opportunity for a social media expert age 18-23
Do you have knowledge and experience of using social media to achieve something? (e.g. raising awareness of an issue, campaigning, marketing, etc).

Would you like to use your knowledge and experience to help a charity?

Would you like a fantastic opportunity to learn new leadership and management skills through a part-time voluntary role which can be done alongside studying or working.

Are you age 18-23?

Do you live, work or study in the County of Surrey?*

(* Note that the County of Surrey is the area served by Surrey County Council. This excludes the London boroughs of Kingston and Croydon, even if the location has a Surrey postcode).

If the answer to all of these questions is yes, please read on to find out whether this opportunity is for you.

The Role
Surrey Youth Focus is seeking two new youth trustees for our Board of Directors (Trustees). 
The Board of Directors (Trustees) are legally responsible for the organisation and for agreeing its strategy, oversight of finances and compliance with the law. Individual Board members also provide specific expertise to the CEO. We already have Directors with expertise in Finance, HR and legal, so you do not need to have knowledge in these areas. We are looking for people with expertise in Social Media and/or Inclusion & Diversity who have a passion for social change.

What’s involved?
A Director (Trustee) of a charity is a part-time voluntary role that can be done alongside studying or working. Our board meets four times a year, currently this is at 6.30pm on a Tuesday night in Burpham near Guildford. You would be need to be available regularly for these meetings. There may also be other ad-hoc meetings and events between meetings. As a social media expert we would also ask that you provide help and advice on specific projects via email/skype and face to face meetings. You may also like to work with us on a Youth Focused social campaign. These can typically be done at times to suit your other commitments.

Note that the Trustees do not run the day to day operations, these are done by the Chief Executive Officer.

For further information on the role of a trustee of a charity, see the charities commission https://www.gov.uk/topic/running-charity/trustee-role-board and specifically

For a confidential chat about the role, please contact one of the following:
Allister McGowan (Chair) on 07740 045157 or allistermcgowan@yahoo.co.uk.
Cate Newnes-Smith (Chief Executive Officer) on 07939 244767 or cate.newnes-smith@surreyyouthfocus.org.uk.

To express an interest in the role of Trustee please send your CV and a covering letter providing details of any social media campaigns that you have been involved in to info@SurreyYouthFocus.org.uk.

About Surrey Youth Focus

Surrey Youth Focus is a charity which connects and collaborates to significantly improve the lives of young people in Surrey.

Surrey Youth Focus has been in Surrey for over 25 years, supporting our members - youth charities and voluntary organisations such as Scouts, Girlguiding, YMCA, Eikon, Disability Challengers, Surrey Cricket and many more. Our work includes:
Encouraging collaboration between a wide range of organisations including voluntary and charities, clubs, businesses, schools, local authorities, health organisations, etc.
Empowering the voice of youth and to hear the voices of young people, ensuring that a wide range of young people’s voices are heard. For example, the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner has engaged us to consult with young people with an aim of improving relationships between young people and the police.
Helping to strengthen youth voluntary and charitable organisations by providing access to knowledge and resources from business, schools, local authorities, etc.
Representing the interests of youth charities and voluntary youth organisations to statutory bodies across Surrey and beyond. For example our CEO represents the third sector on the Surrey Safeguarding Children Board and the Surrey CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service) Strategy Board.
We are highly networked to other organisations, including Surrey County Council, Districts and Boroughs, Health providers, Surrey Police and businesses large and small. Our president is the Lord-Lieutenant of Surrey, Mr Michael More-Molyneux and our Patrons include the Chairman of Surrey County Council, the High Sheriff of Surrey, the President and Vice Chancellor of the University of Surrey and the Bishop of Guildford.
Our impact and reputation is very impressive for our size, we are a friendly, hardworking team of five people.

What’s in this for you?
We believe that this is a fantastic opportunity:
To learn about leading and managing an organisation, including finances, HR, legal, strategy, marketing, etc
To create a good network of contacts
To further practice and develop your social media skills
To gain highly credible experience for your CV

About the role of Trustee

Location: Burpham, Near Guildford, Surrey.

Time commitment: There are four Board Meetings a year (in the evening) and the AGM. Trustees may be asked from time to time to represent SYF at events and meetings with stakeholders. As a Trustee with social media expertise, you would also be asked to advise and work with us on social media campaigns.

Remuneration: This is a voluntary role and there is no pay. However, expenses (petrol money, train tickets) can be paid.

Term: SYF’s Trustees serve for three years.

Principal Responsibilities
Contribute skills, knowledge and experience to the Board of Trustees' role in setting the strategic direction of SYF and overseeing the organisation.
Review risks and take appropriate action.
Ensure effective and efficient administration of SYF.
Act as an ambassador for SYF and young people in Surrey with businesses, the third sector, public agencies and education and make use of networks to help SYF to achieve its’ mission.

Person specification
Knowledge and experience of using social media to make a difference and/or to build up followers e.g. fundraising, campaigning, blogging. This can be in a formal setting (e.g. work, education) or informal setting (e.g. with family and friends).
Experience of generating, editing, publishing and sharing engaging content (e.g. original text, photos, videos and news)
A strong and visible passion and commitment to serve young people, in all of their guises.
A commitment to promoting equality and diversity.
A willingness to learn the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship.

Knowledge of current technologies and trends in social media, design tools and applications
Knowledge of Search Engine Optimisation and web traffic metrics
Familiarity with web design
A passion for social change.

We are seeking young trustees who either live, work, study or do voluntary work within the geographical remit of Surrey County Council.

Note that confusion often arises due to historical boundary changes – areas such as Kingston and Croydon still have Surrey postal addresses but from a local authority perspective are in London Boroughs and not in the County of Surrey.

Attitude, Education and Professional Experience:
No specific educational or professional experience is required for this role. We are particularly interested in young people who have demonstrated resilience, overcoming a personal challenge or supporting someone else to overcome a challenge.


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