Who we are
The Welcome Centre is a large independent foodbank based in the centre of Huddersfield. We have been operating in one form or another for 25 years. Over the past ten years our work has expanded significantly and we now run a two-centre operation, working in partnership with 130 services and agencies to support local people in crisis.
We supply weekly food packs as well as toiletries, bedding and household goods to individuals and families who are in difficulty. Last year we gave out more than 14,000 packs. We also provide support advocacy and guidance. We have a small staff team of 5 employees and we rely on the work of over 90 volunteers to maintain the service. There is a great working atmosphere based on the enthusiasm and commitment of staff and volunteers allied with a strong sense of common purpose.
Our Board of Trustees
Our Board is made up of volunteers from a variety of backgrounds. Together we set out the overall strategy, monitor progress against our targets and objectives and ensure that the Welcome Centre operates on a financially sound basis.
Trustees attend four meetings per year (usually held on Monday evenings), as well as an annual strategy day and our AGM. In addition most of us serve on one of the four subgroups. Most of us also take responsibility for particular areas of governance. In addition we encourage trustees to volunteer at the centre or the warehouse in order to maintain a good understanding of what we do.
We currently have two vacancies and would welcome applications from individuals who would like to be a part of our team of trustees.
The key criterion is to have empathy with our aims and objectives. However, we would be particularly interested in candidates who have some knowledge of organisations that support people in need. We are also looking to develop a balance in terms of age and ethnicity within the board. We would particularly welcome applications from younger people and candidates from an ethnic minority background.
You do not have to know everything. We will provide training, induction and support as well as a lively and stimulating environment and the opportunity to make a difference. Above all we are looking for enthusiastic and committed individuals.
- Next Steps
- If you would like to apply to become a trustee please complete the attached application form and send it to us along with a brief c.v.
- If you would like more information about us please email and let us know if you wish to speak to a trustee and/or look round the centre.
- The address for all correspondence is [email protected]
- The deadline for receiving your application is Friday 25th October.
We will look at all applications and invite selected candidates in for a brief, informal interview.
We look forward to hearing from you,
Chair of Trustees