Become an OutLET Board Member

Are you ready to make a difference within a small charity?

 

Become a OutLET: Play Resource Board Member 

Following a year of unprecedented growth, OutLET: Play Resource are looking for enthusiastic and committed individuals to join our Board and help us build on what has been an exciting period for our organisation.

The pandemic has been tough for many people across society, but one of the most impacted groups has been children and young people. At OutLET, we are committed to providing outdoor play and learning opportunities for children and young people to support their mental wellbeing and development – now more than ever it’s important we get these things right for them. Through Therapeutic Forest School, outdoor learning and play and programmes, we give children and young people the chance to learn and grow, connect with their peers and communities, and build resilience and confidence. 

If you too are passionate about supporting children and young people and can bring your skills and knowledge to our Board, we would love to hear from you.

Our Board is made up of people who have had a real interest in the organisation and helping young people.

You will support strategic decisions, legalities and business growth alongside a team of people who contribute from their expertise in business, leadership, entrepreneurship, social work, education and youth work. Our Board members are highly committed to OutLET, living our values of integrity, respect and openness and are extremely motivated to help us achieve our ambitions.

 

Our Board meetings are every 4-6 weeks, usually in the evening. Currently, due to Covid restrictions, these meetings are online, with an intention to return to in-person meetings in future at our office in Hamilton. This is a voluntary role but we will pay for out-of-pocket expenses.

We’re looking for Board members who will be committed to our vision and strive to help us achieve or aims, who will think as individuals but work well with the Board team to contribute ideas and participate in decision-making, who will be creative and help us to think beyond how we are doing things today, and who will recognise and respect the importance and impact of their role as an OutLET Board member.

If you’ve no experience of Board membership, we can provide guidance, training and support. 

We would really like our Board to look more like our community – so we would particularly encourage you to apply if you are care experienced,  have experience of living on a low income, have either a physical or less visible disability, or come from a Black, Asian, or ethnic minority background.

I’ve never worked with children or in a charity – Can i join the board?

The short answer is yes!
We want our board members to come from different backgrounds both personally and professionally as we believe this is what creates a well rounded team.  Even though you haven’t worked in these areas, you have may transferable skills that you can use to help develop and grow.

I’d like to volunteer but i work full time, what is the time commitment involved in being a board member?

On average the time commitment needed to be our board is around 4-6 hours per month although this may vary as there may be times where we need to call on your specific expertise for support.  Your commitment is important as you will be part of the driving force behind helping OutLET take the next steps forward so please be sure that you are able to give this time.

I’m not sure board membership is for me at the moment but I’d really like to be involved with your organisation.  Is there anything else i can do?

Great! We have lots of other volunteering opportunities available, whether it’s helping us deliver our outdoor programmes or even aiding us in creating digital content.

For more information then contact us and we would be delighted to talk to you further.

 

So What’s Next?

If you are interested in becoming a board member then the first step is to complete our application form and email it to office@outletplayresource.co.uk


We will then contact you to arrange a telephone call with our Project Leader who will be happy to answer any further questions prior to going through our interview stage.

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