Talbot House Children's Charity, Hexham Road, Walbottle, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Tyne & Wear, NE15 8HW

Employer: Talbot House Children's Charity

Salary: Volunteer

Closing: Sunday, 17 December 2023

Would you like to be part of a team who Change Children’s Lives?

Talbot House Children’s Charity are looking for additional

Volunteer Trustees and Governors to join our Team

You could be a volunteer at Talbot House Children’s Charity.

We have an exciting opportunity to become a Trustee or Governor and be part of a team who really do Change Children’s Lives.

The Charity, a Residential Children’s Home and SEMH School, are seeking several volunteers to join our current team of Trustees and Governors.

We would be very interested to speak to you if you share our passion about our services and a genuine interest in the welfare, care and development of children and young people with social, emotional, or mental health consideration.

We are specifically interested to find local Trustees/Governors who have experience in the following areas:

  • Education*
  • Charity Sector
  • HR
  • Children’s Social Care
  • Children’s or Adolescents Therapy
  • Local residents and parents
  • Local business owners / employees

*Education experience is our main requirement.

You do not need to be a parent of a child who attends Talbot House to join our team and you do not need to have had previous experience in these roles.

The Charity requires Trustees who will:

  • Take a strategic role on the board holding the Senior Management Team (SMT) to the ethos and principles of the charity in line with its founding documents;
  • Provide support and balanced guidance to the SMT, acting as a critical friend;
  • Ensure accountability of the SMT regarding finance management;
  • Provide challenge in a measured and open way.

Trustees will do the above in matters concerning both the school and the home.

Governors who will be concerned with the school only in the above matters.

Volunteers can opt to be both a Trustee and a Governor, or just one or the other.

Talbot House is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of its pupils and the successful applicant will be subject to an enhanced DBS Disclosure. The Trust will pay for and arrange all DBS checks. Please see our Safer Recruitment Policy on our website.

Apply via our jobs page at: www.talbothousecc.org.uk  or contact me at hr@talbothousecc.org.uk for an application pack, or call me on 0191 229 0111.

Next steps: All applicants will receive a call to discuss their application informally.

The roles of Trustee/Governors are voluntary; however, the Charity does require a level of commitment for the role.

Our Trustees and Governors meet up to 4 evenings per year for full board meetings.

Our Governors are allocated to committees, who also meet 4 times a year.  There is also termly monitoring requirements for our Governors.

Full induction and ongoing training will be provided; a mentor from the existing board will be assigned so that you are supported fully.

Many companies encourage employees to volunteer in this way as part of their corporate social responsibility allowing attendance at our meetings without affecting other terms and conditions (if you are currently employed, please check with your own HR department who will provide details).

We are a registered charity and have two main areas of service within the Charity; our non-maintained special school, offering education to up to 60, 5 -18 year olds, and our Residential Children’s Home that offers a home for up to five, 7 to 18 year olds. We operate services for children with social, emotional and mental health considerations. Both facilities are set in seven acres of well-kept gardens and grounds, our School and Residential Children’s Home (known as Chadersley) are set in a secluded and tranquil location on the outskirts of Newcastle (West).

Our Mission

Talbot House Children’s Charity is a children’s charitable organisation with a non-maintained special school and a registered children’s home. We exist to improve the lives of the children we work with.

Talbot House school provides education for children who have complex needs centred around their social, emotional, or mental health.

Our children’s home provides a safe and secure environment where children who are unable to live within a family unit can achieve permanence, while they develop the skills and confidence they need to prepare for adulthood.

The Charity’s core values are:  

People – passionate people are at the heart of Talbot House.

Place – providing a safe, nurturing environment where we are all equally valued and encouraged.

Pride – we take pride in celebrating our achievements and inspire self-belief.

To achieve this we create a warm, safe and welcoming environment with experienced and nurturing staff who are committed to our values across all elements of the Charity.

You really could help us make a difference, if you are unsure about applying, please contact the HR Department for an informal chat. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Closing Date: Sunday, 17 December 2023

Shortlisting: w/c Monday, 18 December 2023

​1st Interview Date: TBC

If you have any queries regarding this position or the application process, please contact HR on 0191 229 0111 or email hr at:hr@talbothousecc.org.uk