Trustee Opportunities

Charity number 1159582

At Fencehouses Community Centre we deliver varied and diverse services and activities to all parts of our community.

Our large community centre is based in the village of Fencehouses within County Durham and is a vibrant growing community hub. There is always something going on and there is something for everyone from:

  • • Early years and toddler groups
  • • Judo
  • • Indoor bowls
  • • Fitness, well-being and exercise classes
  • • Table tennis coaching
  • • Dance for everyone from 1-99
  • • Slimming World classes

Our community centre boasts a large dance hall with professional stage area, café / kitchen / bar area, meeting rooms and rental space as well as a large free carpark and accessible facilities.

Our community centre is operated via a community interest organisation (CIO) which is supported by our talented and skilled trustees. We are looking to strengthen our board with the addition of new trustees.

Trustee Role Profile of Fencehouses Community Centre

The duties of a trustee are as follows.

  • Ensuring that the organisation pursues its stated objects (purposes), as defined in its governing document, by developing and agreeing a long-term strategy
  • Ensuring that the organisation complies with its governing document (ie its trust deed, constitution or memorandum and articles of association), charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations
  • Ensuring that the organisation applies its resources exclusively in pursuance of its charitable objects (ie the charity must not spend money on activities that are not included in its own objects, however worthwhile or charitable those activities are) for the benefit of the public
  • Ensuring that the organisation defines its goals and evaluates performance against agreed targets
  • Safeguarding the good name and values of the organisation
  • Ensuring the effective and efficient administration of the organisation, including having appropriate policies and procedures in place
  • Ensuring the financial stability of the organisation
  • Protecting and managing the property of the charity and ensuring the proper investment of the charity’s funds
  • Following proper and formal arrangements for the appointment, supervision, support, appraisal and remuneration of the chief executive (if the charity employs staff

In addition to the above statutory duties, each trustee should use any specific skills, knowledge or experience they have to help the board of trustees reach sound decisions. This may involve scrutinising board papers, leading discussions, focusing on key issues, providing advice and guidance on new initiatives, or other issues in which the trustee has special expertise.

Person specification

  • Α commitment to the organisation
  • A willingness to devote the necessary time and effort – approx. 3hrs per month
  • Demonstrable strategic vision
  • Relevant expertise – HR / Finance / Charity / Community / Leadership / IT
  • Good, independent judgement
  • An ability to think creatively
  • A willingness to speak their mind and challenge constructively
  • An understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship
  • An ability to work effectively as a member of a team
  • A commitment to Nolan’s seven principles of public life: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.

Our trustee group must reflect the diversity of the people we support and the communities in which we work, and we welcome and encourage applicants from all backgrounds. Trustees are expected to take an eyes on hands off approach to ensure full and appropriate governance, challenge and strategic leadership.

Why join us?

You’ll be part of an organisation that instils its values at all levels of the business, ensuring the people we support are at the forefront of our decisions.

Our people love working here, and most trustees stay for many years, becoming as passionate as we are about the continuing success of this vibrant community organisation.

This opportunity will be useful for anyone wanting to learn more about being a trustee, develop a more rounded skill set, or will hold the interest of someone with many years of experience.

We’d like to meet you, apply today and find out more about us and the role.

Safeguarding Statement

Fencehouses Community Centre and the CIO are committed to the safety and wellbeing of all who use our services but specifically safeguarding vulnerable groups and we expect everyone involved with our charity to share this view without exception. Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility.

Please forward expression of interest to:

Kimberley, HR Manager at

*please note we practice safer recruitment.

Candidates who meet our selection criteria set out above will be invited to attend a meeting whereby their suitability will be assessed via interview

One of our clients has an excellent opportunity for anyone with key skills within the field of finance, HR, business leadership, management or charities to become a Trustee and be part of the continuing success of a local community based organisation.  Trusteeships are voluntary posts but have a great deal of legal responsibility and accountability.  They are a great way to support a community group, develop new skills, meet new contacts and can be a stepping stone to paid non-executive directorships.  Have a look at the advert and drop me a line if you think you might be interested or you know someone who would be ideal.

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