Volunteering with Richmond Carers Centre to support Unpaid Carers
Richmond Carers Centre is looking for Trustees and a new Treasurer.
As a Trustee, you will be part of a group leading and governing Richmond Carers Centre, ensuring we comply with our legal obligations as a charity, meet our aims and objectives, and delivering high quality services to local unpaid carers.
The primary functions of a Treasurer are to advise the board on financial matters and to ensure that the accounting and financial functions of the organisation are in order. All detailed financial activity and data input are undertaken by a contractor, who liaises with the treasurer.
Richmond Carers Centre supports unpaid adult and young carers living or caring for someone in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames.
An unpaid carer is someone of any age who, without payment, provides care and support to a partner, friend, relative or neighbour who could not manage without their help. This may be due to a physical or learning disability, a mental health condition, long term illness, frailty, addiction or substance misuse.
Anyone can become a carer and often carers do not realise for some time that this is what they are. Many feel they are just doing their duty as a spouse, friend or family member and no more than anyone else in their situation would do. Becoming a carer is not a choice that people make, it is the outcome of a change in circumstance, and many do not realise there is support available.
Carers UK estimates there 1 in 8 (around 6.5 million) people are carers, with 1.3 million of them providing more than 50 hours care a week and 5 million juggling care and work (https://www.carersuk.org/news-and-campaigns/press-releases/facts-and-figures)
Helping Carers to Live Well is our organisational aim.
WHAT WE DO
We offer free, confidential information, advice and emotional support via telephone, email and in-person at the centre. For adult carers registering with Richmond Carers Centre, further services include information updates by email, regular activities (some online and some face-to-face) such as a book club, photography club, carers yoga and carers walks, coffee socials, and short trips such as to Kew Gardens. There is a full learning and workshops programme and a counselling service, both of which are currently online but due to resume in-person as the centre transitions back to face-to-face services. The support team is a source of listening and emotional support, with support workers helping carers to find the support they need through signposting and referrals to other services.
The Young Carers Service supports young carers aged 5-18 with advice, information and emotional support, regular after school activities and a full holiday activities programme during school breaks. It also operates a mentoring service, which can take place online, in schools or out in the community.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
- Become a Trustee – and work along side other Trustees to manage and lead the service forward
- Shadow our current Treasurer – learn the ropes so you can take on this role at some time in the near future
- Read our website – and understand what we do in case someone you know in your life becomes an unpaid carer and needs more support.
We have 7 Board meetings planned for 2022 and our AGM will be held in December 2021. If you are interested in volunteering with Richmond Carers Centre as a Treasurer or Trustee, sign up to the RCVS Trustee Recruitment virtual event detailed below or contact our Chair of Trustees, Christine directly to arrange a meeting to discuss the opportunity in more detail. You will then attend a couple of meetings as a co-opted member and be endorsed as a full member at our AGM if you decide to continue with your interest in Richmond Carers Centre.
Sign up to a virtual recruitment event being held at CVS 6.30-8pm on Thursday 14th October and we will see you there.
Contact our Chair of Trustees by email to arrange a time to discuss
Christine Hawes – Chair of the Board of Trustees Richmond Carers Centre – firstname.lastname@example.org
Have a look at the role description of a trustee below