Role: Member of the Board of Trustees (voluntary position)
Hours: approx. 5 hours per month
Project Term: min. 2 years
Location: Remote working, plus attendance at 4 board meetings per year in York
Appeal for trustees: Margaret Carey Foundation
The Margaret Carey Foundation runs bike and wheelchair maintenance workshops in prisons and in the community across 5 counties in England. We wish to recruit 2 new members to join our governing body, the Board of Trustees, to help us achieve our mission and ensure that the organisation is effectively managed. Given the importance of bikes and of our social enterprise to our charitable aims we are particularly looking for people with the following experience to join our Board:
1) High street, or charity retail experience, working with products and services and with some experience of staffing
2) Keen cyclists, particularly people with experience in cycling groups and promoting cycling in the community
3) Corporate and/or philanthropic fundraising
4) Community projects and/or youth work
You would need to be able to make a commitment to the Margaret Carey Foundation and its principles, have social concern, independent judgement and the ability to work as part of a team with our other five board members.
The trustees meet as a board four times each year in York and individual trustees are also involved in sub-committees throughout the year. Trustees are expected to advocate for MCF, to raise the profile of our organisation and to contribute to its future sustainability as their time and experience permits. Trustees must be aged at least 18 and we welcome applicants from all backgrounds, particularly people who have had contact with the criminal justice system and people with disabilities. Being a trustee is a voluntary role but we reimburse travel to and from board meetings and other out-of-pocket expenses.
What is the Margaret Carey Foundation?
Set up in 2010, our 13 prison workshops across 11 prisons provide meaningful activity to approximately 125 prisoners each week, saving around 250 wheelchairs and 1,100 bikes each year from landfills. In June 2015, MCF Community Bike Hub in Shipley sells pre-owned bikes which have been refurbished in our MCF prison workshops informally training 450+ members of the public a month so that customers can keep their new bikes on the road. Also mid-2015, we opened The Bradford Bikery, a training partnership in a Bradford housing estate in partnership with InCommunities social housing provider. And in 2016, we opened a community bike workshop in an approved premises in Greater Manchester with Achieve North West.
In prisons, improving opportunities and employability is a first step towards reducing re-offending. In communities, affordable bikes and maintenance training engage a wide variety of groups in learning, recycling and healthy living. MCF work to ensure everybody has the chance – inside prisons and in the community – to take part, to learn and to do good.
We are working for a world where:
- Communities are safer because people in prison and excluded adults in the community have the self-esteem, skills and opportunity to break their personal cycle.
- Unwanted bikes and wheelchairs are reused for good, instead of filling up landfills.
- Vulnerable and disadvantaged people – and projects working with them – have access to affordable bikes, promoting a healthy lifestyle and car-free towns.
- Communities have access to affordable bikes and mechanics, so cycling can become and remain a part of their daily lives.
How to apply
Please contact David Brown, MCF’s Director, on firstname.lastname@example.org with your CV and a short cover letter expressing your interest in becoming a trustee. We look forward to hearing from you!