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Volunteer opportunity description

Role Description

The Management Committee takes on the ultimate legal and financial responsibility for all the activities of Lewisham Toy Library and maintains an overview of policy and strategic direction. As a committee member you will help to provide vision and leadership, ensure the organisations accountability & legal responsibilities and contribute to financial & staff management.

There is the possibility of specialising in specific areas within the committee such as fundraising, development, operations and marketing depending on your skills and interests.

To apply: Please contact us and we will provide further details. Applications need to have a cover letter telling us how they can contribute to the team and a CV.


Experience/Skills Required

We are looking for individuals who have an understanding of and commitment to the organisation’s mission & values. Knowledge of children’s learning and play would be an advantage but not essential. In return you will have the chance to contribute to this fantastic organisation whilst at the same time increase your knowledge and learn new skills in the not for profit sector.

New Trustees are required to join the Board of the Lewisham Toy Library to complement the skills of the existing team. The types of skills and experience that are particularly needed are any of the following: small business or charity management, fundraising, marketing and IT.

Time Commitment

Each Trustee is required to attend 1-2 hour monthly evening meetings held in Lewisham (usually in Brockley or Catford) and undertake tasks between meetings as required.

Responsibilities of all Trustees

We are a relatively small organisation, which means that everyone is involved in various aspects of the Toy Library. Key responsibilities include:

  • ensure the organisation applies its resources exclusively in pursuing its objectives

  • contribute actively to the board of trustees' role in giving firm strategic direction to the organisation, setting overall policy, defining goals, setting targets and evaluating performance against agreed targets

  • safeguard the good name and values of the organisation

  • declare any conflict of interest while carrying out the duties of a trustee

  • be collectively responsible for the actions of the organisation and other trustees

  • ensure the effective and efficient administration of the organisation

  • ensure the financial stability of the organisation and the proper investment of the organisation's funds

  • protect and manage the property of the organisation

  • attend meetings and read papers in advance of meetings

  • attend sub-committee meetings as appropriate

  • participate in other tasks as they arise from time to time, such as helping with fundraising

  • keep informed about the activities of the organisation and wider issues which affect its work

Each trustee should use any specific skills, knowledge or experience they have to help the board of trustees reach sound decisions. This will involve scrutinising board papers, leading discussions, focusing on key issues, and providing advice and guidance requested by the board on new initiatives or other issues relevant to the area of the organisation's work in which the trustee has special expertise.

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About the organisation

Lewisham Toy Library

Dwayne Baraka
Toy Librarian
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