what does a trustee do?
- Ensure the charity has maximum positive impact.
- Guide the charity’s future aims and objectives.
- Create policy based on legal and practical requirements.
- Make a enduring difference to vulnerable lives.
- Attend bi-monthly meetings (remotely if needed).
- Protect the charity’s reputation and ensure that it remains viable and effective for the future.
- Enrich their own lives as much as those of the charity’s beneficiaries.
what does a Volunteer do?
- Almost anything!
- Use their skills and free time to make a real difference.
- Help Chaffinch to achieve more for the children of Kibera.
- Learn new skills and meet new people.
- Choose to work primarily alone or as part of a supportive team.
- Do as much or as little as they desire, with no extra commitment.
What role can I fill as a volunteer?
Whatever your skills, however much time you want to commit, and wherever your interest lies, there is probably a place for you as a Chaffinch volunteer.
Where do you fit in?
- Fundraiser – are you passionate about organising events and seeking out new sources of income? Could you coordinate an event, organise a team of volunteers, explore new ideas, or just get involved for a one-time need?
- Social Media Lover – do you regularly use social media and have a handle on how to make the most of these platforms? Could you produce content for Chaffinch’s social media channels and help us to increase our reach?
- Designer – are you skilled at graphic design for publicity materials, or experienced at web design?
- Letter-writer – can you write effective letters encouraging companies and businesses to offer support, or construct a grant proposal?
- Communicator – do you enjoy producing newsletters for email and print, and helping others to understand the work that Chaffinch does?
- Ambassador – can you be the voice of Chaffinch in your community, spreading the word and letting people know how they can get involved?
If you don’t recognise yourself in any of these roles, that doesn’t mean there isn’t a place for you. Maybe you have your own idea of how you can get involved.
What role can I fill on the board of trustees?
We are also looking for trustees with a variety of skills and strengths to create a balanced board, which can effectively govern the charity and make decisions about how best to help the children.
A board of trustees needs:
- A Chairperson – someone who can effectively lead a meeting and ensure all views are heard.
- A Secretary – someone who can take accurate minutes, prepare reports, and ensure all trustees are kept informed about meetings, agendas, and matters of administration.
- Treasurer – someone with skills in producing accounts and managing day-to-day finance, who can keep the trustees informed about the charity’s financial situation and monitor multiple income-streams.
- World Changers – people passionate about making a difference and who are keen to guide the future of Chaffinch.
Being a trustee is a big responsibility but also comes with big rewards. Trustees are responsible for ensuring that the charity’s aims are met effectively and sustainably, monitoring the use of funds, and complying with the laws relating to a charity registered in England & Wales.
You CAN be both a trustee and a volunteer! If you are interested in governance and guiding the aims of Chaffinch, but also want to be hands-on in the day-to-day activities of the charity, you can do just that.
Why should I join the Chaffinch team?
Joining a charity team, regardless of role, can put you in a position to make a difference in some of the most desperate situations in the world.
Trustees have a major role in guiding the charity’s aims and objectives, ensuring maximum positive impact. A board of trustees needs people with a variety of ideas, values, and strengths to keep minds open. Your contribution can have real impact.
As a trustee or as a volunteer, you will have the opportunity to be a part of changing lives for children in Kibera but be aware, you are likely to get as much back as you give!
Chaffinch is run 100% by volunteers just like you. You will have the opportunity to really understand the difference that you are making and create a personal connection with the children of Kibera.
You will have the opportunity to use your skills and strengths for positive impact as well as learning new skills and pushing your limits in a friendly and supportive environment.
There’s always a new challenge waiting for you. Whether you are interested primarily in governance issues (trusteeship) or passionate about the day-to-day impact (as a volunteer), there’s always something to stretch you and to excite you.
currently supported children
Children in residential care
To apply to join the Chaffinch volunteer team, just send us an email letting us know where your interest lies and we will be in touch shortly.
For trustee roles, download an application pack here.
Please don’t be intimidated. The actual experience of the role can be much more informal than the official documents suggest!
Contact us if you need any assistance with the form, or require another format to meet your accessibility requirements.
Frequently Asked Questions:
- I don’t live local to Chaffinch/don’t live in the UK, can I get involved? – YES! We have roles that can performed from anywhere in the world. Even if you don’t have a regular internet connection, there are still many ways you can help. Just get in touch!
- I’m under 18, is that a problem? – No. Depending on your age and the role, we may ask for your parent or guardian’s consent for you to be involved, but there’s plenty you can do as a volunteer. Unfortunately, it is not possible to be a charity trustee until you are 18.
- I work in a school. Can my class get involved? – We would love to hear from you. Learning about different cultures is an important part of the school curriculum and we’d love to connect with you. Children helping children is always very special so we can definitely find some ways that your class can get involved.
- Can I volunteer at the centre in Kibera? – We don’t currently have this option due to all the practical demands of such a programme. However, our established volunteers will be the first to know if this option becomes available in the future.