We are looking to strengthen our Board of Trustees with new

members, who have energy, enthusiasm and drive to help us to

continue our great work and build stronger and better foundations for

the future.

Home-Start Isle of Wight relies on a strong, effective board of trustees. Trustees take responsibility for strategic oversight and ensuring that Home-Start Isle of Wight delivers on its purpose, complies with the law and with the  charity’s governing document and that resources are properly planned, allocated and managed. We work as a team and between us have a wide range of experience.

While many of the day-to-day operational decisions of a local Home-Start may be delegated to senior staff, trustees have overall responsibility for the charity and for leading the senior staff in building and maintaining an effective and sustainable


The main responsibilities of all Trustees are:

·         To ensure that Home-Start Isle of Wight complies at all times with its governing document, charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations.

  • To support the operational management of the organisation and ensure accountability.
  • Provide support, guidance, and constructive challenge to staff team
  • Offer specific guidance in their areas of expertise

·         All Trustees must ensure that they are aware of their safeguarding responsibilities and take responsibility for promoting and safeguarding the welfare of children and young people. This will include completing a Standard DBS check. Regular safeguarding training is mandatory and will be provided.

  • To draw up and monitor the implementation of internal policies, which must include equality and diversity, as well as health and safety policies and grievance and disciplinary procedures.
  • To safeguard the good name and values of Home-Start Isle of Wight.

·         Carry out other associated duties as may arise, develop, or be assigned in line with the broad remit of the post. As a small charity, there will be times when the trustees will need to be actively involved beyond Board meetings. This may involve scrutinising board papers, leading or joining in with sub-committees, providing advice and guidance on new initiatives, presenting externally, or other issues in which the trustee has special expertise.




We are looking for people willing to bring energy, enthusiasm, and commitment to the role, and who will broaden the diversity of thinking on our board. You do not need previous governance experience – we will provide induction and support.

We welcome applications from all, we value equality, diversity, and inclusion, oppose prejudice, and are committed to being an anti-racist organisation. If you share these values and think you are well suited to this role, we strongly encourage you to get in touch and speak with us.

Experience & Skills:

·         Expertise in areas including voluntary sector, family or community support, fundraising, business support including HR would be of value.

  • An understanding or willingness to learn about charity governance issues and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities, and liabilities of Trusteeship.
  • Awareness of the Isle of Wight community and its business and social networks would be desirable.
  • Experience of working positively and proactively within a team
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills 
  • Familiarity with using digital resources such as email, WhatsApp, Zoom and relevant websites
  • IT literate with experience using Microsoft Office programme
  • Can solve problems and use initiative to deal with queries proactively and professionally.

Time Commitment


How much time allocated to supporting the Board and Home-Start IOW is up to the individual but as a guide please see below our minimum expectations:


·         Up to 6 Board meetings per year, in person on the Isle of Wight or via Zoom.

·         Sub-committee meetings – when required and relevant

·         Ad hoc time researching, general communications, networking, and administrative duties linked to role

·         On average up to 10 hours per month 


Personal attributes:

  • Enthusiastic and interested in supporting the local community
  • Able to think strategically and work collaboratively towards a common goal
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to commit time to conduct the role well
  • An appetite to improve quality of life for local families
  • Passionate and empathetic about working with Home-Start
  • Commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusive values and practice.


  • Diversity and equal opportunities policy
  • Accessibility
  • Age restrictions
    Volunteers must be over 18
  • Child Protection
  • Complaints Policy
  • Confidentially Policy
  • DBS check required
  • Ex Offenders
    subject to DBS
  • Expenses reimbursed
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Ongoing support
  • Suitable for Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • Suitable for Supported Volunteering
  • Suitable for Under 16's
  • Suitable for Under 18's
  • Training provided
  • Volunteer induction
  • Volunteer Policy
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
  • Vulnerable Adults Policy
  • Written role description

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Isle of Wight

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