About the organisation
We exist to end digital poverty by providing sustainable access to the technology, skills and opportunities to get online. We are an award winning charity who work with people experiencing digital exclusion in our local Lambeth and Southwark community. We work with people who are often already marginalised, facing barriers to housing, healthcare, and other vital services, and who are cut off from local connections because of digital poverty.
We operate a circular economy: we collect, repair, refurbish and reuse unwanted technology, including laptops and smartphones, returning it to the local community where it is needed. We deliver workshops and digital skills sessions to increase participants' confidence, digital literacy and overall well being, helping them to fully engage with their device and experience the benefits of being online.
About the role
Our Trustee Board is a vital part of Community TechAid, helping to guide our strategic vision and ensure we meet our mission of ending the digital divide.
As a board member you will have the opportunity to influence our direction and enable our dedicated team of staff and volunteers to provide a valuable and impactful service for those experiencing digital poverty.
We know that diverse groups of people make better decisions, and want our Board to look like and actively represent the community we serve, helping to ensure our team, ambitions and ways of working match our community’s needs.
You will be able to dedicate a minimum of 3 hours a month to Community TechAid work, and be available for in person quarterly meetings at our office. Ideally you will have experience in legal or accountancy and have a connection to our south London community.
You will support Community TechAid to meet key requirements and work closely with our CEO to ensure proper accounting records are kept and to help oversee and plan budgets.
Our ideal candidate
We aim for our Trustee Board to provide a broad mix of skills, backgrounds and lived experience. We are particularly interested in people who meet any of the top three criteria below, or any two or more of the others listed below.
- Accounting qualification, interested in taking up the Treasurer role on the Board
- Legal experience (with a focus on charity, contract and/or human resources)
- Substantial trustee board experience within other organisations
- Experience of, and interest in mentoring staff in, fundraising and/or other means of income generation
- Experience of, and interest in mentoring staff in, developing publicity, digital communications and marketing, including making best use of social media
- Access to networks of potential funding sources and support in the business community and non-profit and statutory sectors
- Lived experience of one or more of the key demographic groups we serve (e.g., low income families/individuals, disabled, refugees, asylum seekers, NRPF, schools, women’s support groups)
- Individuals from minority ethnicities or communities not currently represented by the board, such as Latino, Muslim, Asian individuals and/or individuals living with one or more disabilities
- Lived experience of digital exclusion, especially with experience of receiving CTA support
- Individuals under 30 years of age
What’s in it for you
At Community TechAid we see firsthand how the digital divide contributes to existing barriers, preventing people from developing the skills and opportunities they need to thrive. Lack of access impacts all aspects of daily life, from managing finances to accessing education and healthcare, and as the cost of living escalates we are seeing more and more people pushed into digital poverty.
You will be joining at an exciting time for the organisation, as we enter into a period of growth. You will support our team to ensure that we continue to make positive changes in our community and have influence over how we grow as an organisation.
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