Interested in becoming a Trustee?
Having started life as SELNEC Advisory Council Limited in 1934, Community Council of Lancashire was established as a rural community in 1937, trading as a company limited by guarantee and registering as a charity in 1989. Its original function was primarily to attempt to deal with the social effects of prolonged unemployment but now uses the working title Community Futures to reflect the diversity of its role in supporting and developing all communities in Lancashire. Its aim is to advocate for and support people who are active in their communities and help them to be better informed, better skilled and better connected.
The charity owns a house in Fulwood, Preston which provides head office accommodation and income from leasing space to other not for profit organisations. SELNET currently occupies the entire first floor of the building. Following refurbishment in 2009, the house was named Brentwood House in recognition of the original building which served as a recuperation home for mothers and children in Marple, Cheshire, from 1934 until it closed in 1971.
The charity work programme is varied:
- Our flagship family services are most definitely rooted in our past and provide much need community-based childcare, family support and employment to local people.
- As the only charity in Lancashire with links to a national network of rural community councils, we can pass on the benefits of shared learning, research and access to government departments through our membership of ACRE. Our commitment to rural communities is extremely important and we endeavour to build capacity to respond to their needs through partnership with LAVCH, membership services and ensuring that government agencies such as Defra have a good understanding of the challenges that Lancashire communities face.
- We also have extremely strong links with several partnerships, some of which are focussed on health and social care and others that more broadly support community sustainability.
We are seeking additional members of the public to join our Board of Trustees, which oversees our charity’s work. Each Trustee brings their own unique perspective to the table, to inform key decisions that shape the future of Community Futures.
As a Trustee, you will support the development of the charity’s strategy, provide specialist knowledge and ensure that governance is of the highest possible standard. These roles are voluntary and reasonable travel expenses will be reimbursed. The Board meets quarterly on weekdays (remotely at present) and attend an annual general meeting usually held in September or October.
In total, trusteeship requires a time commitment of around four to five days per year, including training sessions and promotional events. Trustee appointments are made annually through election at AGMs and co-option by the Board of Trustees throughout the year.
We are particularly keen to ensure that our trustee board reflects the diverse nature of the communities we support. We encourage applications from everyone regardless of age, disability, gender, ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation.
Our commitment to you as a trustee is to ensure that you receive a comprehensive induction and information pack, as well as regular trustee training and other information sessions relevant to our work.
Still interested? Please contact 01772 717461 for an informal chat or jump straight in by completing and submitting an application form below:
Meet our trustees:
Peter Taylor – Chairman
Michael Otter – Deputy Chairman