Chance to become a governor of your local ambulance service

Chance to become a governor of your local ambulance service
South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SCAS) is looking for governors and we are encouraging people to put their names forward as candidates at our autumn 2017 election.
 
This is a fantastic opportunity if you are interested in the future of local health services, in particular of your ambulance service, to make a difference.
 
Our Governors have an important role: as well as collectively holding the Board of Directors accountable for our performance, they also ensure that the interests of the Trust’s members are taken into account.
 
You must be 16 or over and reside in (or have a connection with) one of our four counties (Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Hampshire and Buckinghamshire).
 
Vacancies to be filled are as follows:
Berkshire x 1
Buckinghamshire x 3
Hampshire x 3
Oxfordshire x 1
 
Governor workshop
We recommend that you attend our Aspiring Governor Workshop event.
There will be the opportunity to learn more about the election process and how to fill in your nomination form, along with lots more information on being a governor. Details are as follows:
 
Thursday 6 July 2017
6.00pm-7.30pm
Shaw House, Church Road, Newbury RG14 2DR
 
To book a place, please email company.secretary@scas.nhs.uk by Monday 3rd of July.
 
Attending the workshop doesn’t mean you have to stand for election as a governor afterwards, the session will be for you to find out if you might be interested in the role.
 
If you are unable to attend the workshop but wish to register your interest please email company.secretary@scas.nhs.uk
 
Monica Moro ACIM | Membership, Engagement and Marketing Support Officer
South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust | 7-8 Talisman Road | Bicester | OX26 6HR | Tel: 01869 365126 (Switchboard 01869 365000) | Mobile: 07788 418915 |monica.moro@scas.nhs.uk | www.southcentralambulance.nhs.uk |Twitter – follow us @scas999

OXFORDSHIRE YOUTH SEEKS NEW CHAIR AND ADDITIONAL TRUSTEES

OXFORDSHIRE YOUTH SEEKS NEW CHAIR AND ADDITIONAL TRUSTEES

INTRODUCTION
Oxfordshire Youth (OY) is in a transitional phase that offers an opportunity for the new Chair, working closely with the Chief Executive, to forge a new direction for the Charity whilst leveraging the organisation’s great achievements over a 70 year history.

PURPOSES
Oxfordshire Youth has two principal purposes, both of them in Oxfordshire:
1 helping to improve the life opportunities of young people
2 advancing young people’s citizenship through supporting them to make a positive contribution to their communities

ACTIVITIES
OY provides a wide range of support services-notably guidance, information and training- designed to improve the effectiveness of youth and children’s work policy and practice across the county. OY’s membership, which currently numbers 90 organisations, comprises volunteer-run youth clubs, voluntary youth service providers, and voluntary children’s and family service providers.

The main current project, benefiting both front line practitioners and young people, is Sustainable Communities, which is largely financed as to £496k by the Big Lottery Fund in the four years to March 2020 and aims to sustain 19 volunteer-run youth clubs and support the opening of another six across Oxfordshire. OY is also funded by public bodies, charitable trusts, private individuals and a few corporates.

HISTORY
The organisation was founded in 1947 as the Oxfordshire Association of Boys’ Clubs. Its successor bodies have been the Oxfordshire Association of Young People (OAYP), from 1992, and OY, from 2014.

CONSTITUTION
OY is a registered charity (no. 1151723) in the form of a charitable incorporated organisation.

FINANCES
In the year to 31 March 2017, OY made a surplus of £19k on income of £323k. The year was a busy one for commissioned projects and benefited from a successful time for fund raising from charitable trusts and other private sources, including in connection with events.

PERSONNEL
OY has 7 employees (6 FTE), but these numbers are likely to increase shortly. Helen Boardman is Interim Chief Executive pending the return from maternity leave in September of the Chief Executive, Jodie Leftwich.

There are currently 11 Trustees. The current Chair, Sir Charles Ponsonby, wishes to retire in the final third of 2017 after more than six years in post. The other officers are the Vice Chair, Carl Anglim, and the Treasurer, Mike Watkinson, who for 30 years was the organisation’s Chief Executive.

OY benefits from some well-connected honorary officers. These are headed by the Patron, Tim Stevenson, the Lord Lieutenant, and by the President, Lady Henrietta Spencer- Churchill.

THE CHAIR’S MAIN DUTIES
1 Leadership of the Trustees, ensuring high standards of governance and overseeing the strategy, direction and affairs. Overseeing the development and implementation of a new strategy is likely to be of key importance.

2 Ensuring that the necessary business of the Board is carried out efficiently and effectively

3 Line management of the CEO, in the form of guidance, support and constructive challenge

THE CHAIR’S TIME COMMITMENT
This is unlikely to average less than 20 hours per month, notably:

1 Chairing a meeting of the Trustee Board every other month (2+ hours, early evening)
2 Attending the Finance Committee in alternate months (2 hours, in office hours)
3 Chairing perhaps 1.5 days of strategy sessions per annum
4 Meeting at least fortnightly with the CEO, supplemented by frequent telephonic and email contact
5 Assorted office work from home
6 Attending OY events (when convenient)

TRUSTEES’ TIME COMMITMENT

This might average roughly six hours per month, notably:
1 Attending a meeting of the Trustee Board every other month (2+ hours, early evening)
2 Attending a meeting of the Finance Committee or the Events Committee in alternate months (2+/1.5 hours, in office hours), membership of both committees being optional
3 Attending perhaps 1.5 days of strategy sessions per annum

DESIRABLE ATTRIBUTES IN THE CHAIR AND AN ADDITIONAL TRUSTEE
Together with a commitment towards improving the life opportunities of young people, these include:
1 Leadership skills (C)
2 Experience of strategic planning (especially C)
3 Influence in the public life of Oxfordshire (C)
4 Fund raising skills
5 Marketing and communications skills
6 Professional experience of youth work

FURTHER INFORMATION
1 OY Annual Report and Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2017
2 The OY website, www.oxfordshireyouth.org
3 Helen Boardman on helen.boardman@oxfordshireyouth.org/ 01865-767 899 4 Charles Ponsonby on cponsonby88@gmail.com/ 01993-811 717

APPLICATIONS
A CV and a covering note explaining your interest in and suitability for in the Chair’s and/ or additional Trustee’s role should be emailed to Charles Ponsonby on cponsonby88@gmail.com, copied to Carl Anglim on carlanglim@gmail.com and Mike Watkinson on mike_watkinson1939@hotmail.com, by 30 June 2017. Interviews will take place in July 2017 at OY’s offices in Headington, Oxford OX3.

Muscular Dystrophy UK: Town and Gown Race – volunteers needed

Muscular Dystrophy UK simply wouldn’t be able to put on our events without the help of generous volunteers. We are delighted to have you all on board for what is going to be the biggest Town and Gown ever with over 4,000 runners!

Location: Oxford University Parks, OX1 3RF
Date/ Time: Sunday 15th May 7.30am – 12.30pm
Getting there: Please note this is a closed-road event and parking is extremely limited so we would strongly advise against driving on the day. The parks are about a 25 minute walk from Oxford train station.
T-shirts:All volunteers receive a t-shirt on arrival to say thank you for your time.
Refreshments: Water and snacks will be provided throughout the day.

We’re still in need a lot volunteers so volunteers are encouraged to bring friends/family along to help too—the more the merrier!

Here’s the link to the application:
http://www.musculardystrophyuk.org/get-involved/volunteer/volunteering-opportunities/townandgownapplication/

Emily Miles Events Intern Muscular Dystrophy UK, 61A Great Suffolk Street, London SE1 0BU
t: 020 7803 4828
e: eventsvolunteer2@musculardystrophyuk.org

Spring Clean Oxford: Volunteers and Voluntary Groups Wanted to Help

Spring Clean Oxford – Volunteers and Voluntary Groups Wanted to Help

The weekend of March 3-5th will see Volunteers Groups taking part in the OxClean 10th Annual Spring Clean collecting  litter from paths, verges and ‘grot-spots’ across the City of Oxford.

The annual Spring Clean is now firmly on the Oxford’s calendar, with people enjoying coming and working together for a good cause. Last year a wide range of volunteers in more than 80 groups picked up 7 tonnes of litter. This year even more volunteers are needed, could you or your organisation take part, you will have fun and develop your team-building skills as well as cleaning up an unsightly area for the community.

You will also be taking part in a new national project, OxClean has joined with an initiative launched by Keep Britain Tidy, The Great British Spring Clean which will be an annual event taking place across the UK on the same weekend as the OxClean Spring Clean.

To find out how to take part in the OxClean Spring Clean, how to be supplied with litter pickers and hi-vis-vests, plus lots of information about how to safely litter pick plus how to register your group please  visit http://www.oxclean.org.uk/spring-clean/  or telephone 07505 756692.

 If you or your organisation is outside Oxford please contact www.greatbritishspringclean.org.uk

Spring Clean Oxford: Volunteers and Voluntary Groups Wanted to Help

Spring Clean Oxford – Volunteers and Voluntary Groups Wanted to Help

The weekend of March 3-5th will see Volunteers Groups taking part in the OxClean 10th Annual Spring Clean collecting  litter from paths, verges and ‘grot-spots’ across the City of Oxford.

The annual Spring Clean is now firmly on the Oxford’s calendar, with people enjoying coming and working together for a good cause. Last year a wide range of volunteers in more than 80 groups picked up 7 tonnes of litter. This year even more volunteers are needed, could you or your organisation take part, you will have fun and develop your team-building skills as well as cleaning up an unsightly area for the community.

You will also be taking part in a new national project, OxClean has joined with an initiative launched by Keep Britain Tidy, The Great British Spring Clean which will be an annual event taking place across the UK on the same weekend as the OxClean Spring Clean.

To find out how to take part in the OxClean Spring Clean, how to be supplied with litter pickers and hi-vis-vests, plus lots of information about how to safely litter pick plus how to register your group please  visit http://www.oxclean.org.uk/spring-clean/  or telephone 07505 756692.

 If you or your organisation is outside Oxford please contact www.greatbritishspringclean.org.uk

Group available to volunteer during January

Hello,

My name is Jamie and I work for Oxford International Education Group.

We operate an English Language School in Oxford and in January we have a group of Peruvian students who would like to spend their Sundays doing voluntary work.

I am wondering if you could support this? There will be 31 students in total aged 14-17 and the dates we are looking for are 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th January. We have a budget to support the placement provider so if you require a donation or staff wage contribution etc. we are very open to this.

Please let me know if you are able to offer any places (even if just for some of the students) or require any further information from me.

Jamie Tyler JTyler@OxfordInternational.com


Healthwatch Oxfordshire seeks Directors

Healthwatch Oxfordshire, the county’s watchdog for health and social care, is looking for additional people to join our board of directors.

Do you have a strong commitment to improving local health and social care services?

Do you live or work in Oxfordshire?

Do you have time to volunteer a minimum of one day a month for two years to be part of a successful and progressive board of directors?

Interested?

Then download the recruitment pack from our website at www.healthwatchoxfordshire.co.uk. Or telephone 01856 520520 and we will send one out to you.

For an informal chat about the role please call Rosalind Pearce, Executive Director on 01865-520520.

Closing date for applications is Friday 6th January 2017 and interviews take place from week beginning 16th January 2017.  Successful applicants will join the board in April 2017

Please note: All directors must complete a full Disclosure and Barring Service check.

Healthwatch Oxfordshire seeks Directors

Healthwatch Oxfordshire, the county’s watchdog for health and social care, is looking for additional people to join our board of directors.

Do you have a strong commitment to improving local health and social care services?

Do you live or work in Oxfordshire?

Do you have time to volunteer a minimum of one day a month for two years to be part of a successful and progressive board of directors?

Interested?

Then download the recruitment pack from our website at www.healthwatchoxfordshire.co.uk. Or telephone 01856 520520 and we will send one out to you.

For an informal chat about the role please call Rosalind Pearce, Executive Director on 01865-520520.

Closing date for applications is Friday 6th January 2017 and interviews take place from week beginning 16th January 2017.  Successful applicants will join the board in April 2017

Please note: All directors must complete a full Disclosure and Barring Service check.

Trustees needed

Interested in becoming a Trustee?

Looking to make a difference to your local community?

Able to spare 1-2 days a month?

If YES – then do get in touch. Getting Heard (formerly Oxfordshire Advocacy) is an Oxfordshire charity established 30+ years ago to empower disadvantaged adults to get their voices heard on matters of importance to them. Imagine facing a life impacting decision without friends or family to support. That’s when our independent advocates get involved.

Having grown in size and complexity in recent years we are looking for two new Trustees to join our existing Board of 5 Trustees. This is an exciting time to join and applications are particularly welcome from people with experience of one or more of the following:

* Adult social care
* Monitoring & evaluation
* Governance
* Fundraising

Previous Trustee experience is not required and successful candidates will be offered training. To find out more please go to www.gettingheard.org/volunteer/. We particularly welcome applications from disabled and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic candidates, who are currently under represented on our Board. The deadline for applications is 9am on Monday 12th December.