About the organisation
The Happy Baby Community was registered as a charity in 2019. (Registration number 1181633). Started as a project at the Helen Bamber Foundation, the charity supports over 1300 women and their new babies living in London. Women who have fled from wars, violence or traffickers and have sought international protection in the UK.
We are a user led charity, offering community based support in 5 community hubs across London and Sussex. Our support includes a comprehensive perinatal program, welfare and therapeutic support and a comprehensive program of evidenced based interventions to support young children.
- To be a safe and trusted place that enables new and pregnant mums and their children to thrive.
- To provide professional and practical services for this community.
- To provide training and education that supports the community to build confidence and skills.
- To be a safe place, and a place of hope.
- To support and encourage women and their children to feel confident and thrive.
- To reach out to women who struggle to access support.
- To meet the practical needs, and provide emotional support to the women in the community and to the 100’s of new and expectant mums arriving in the UK
All women and their children have an equal right to thrive and feel valued.
About the role
We are looking for someone with accounting expertise and experience in strategic and financial planning and budgeting - essentially someone who is interested in working with our female user-led Management Team to further develop our financial management practices and support Trustees in their strategic oversight and decision making.
They will ideally have experience of working with women refugees and trafficking survivors (either through lived experience, personally or through paid or voluntary work).
Given the collaborative nature of the Board, and our focus on leadership development, we are looking for women who are strong team players, value driven and good communicators.
The Happy Baby Community governance plan supports the Management Team member’s participation in all Board activities. They do this in the capacity of community ‘Members’ and do not, unless explicitly granted by the Board, have a vote. Board members are encouraged to each support one of the Management Team with whom they are matched for their expertise. It is a mentoring role designed to support their understanding of charity governance and build confidence. The mentoring usually takes the form of a check-in by phone before each Board meeting and any additional contact agreed by the individual Board and Management Team members.
Our ideal candidate
We are looking for:
-A qualified accountant / financial professional
-Experience of charity accounting (desirable).
-An experienced manager who values and enjoys mentoring and supporting team members
-A candidate who is keen and interested in challenging the impact of poverty on young children and women who have a baby in the UK
-A candidate who is keen and interested in challneging the simpact of poverty on young childen.
What’s in it for you
The Happy Baby Community has 182 volunteers including a dedicated team of 6 Trustees. We place the support of our vital volunteers as a key priority.
The women, babies and children that we support have experienced the very worst of humanity and we have assessed and reviewed how we can do the most good we can with the resources available.
You would be joining a uniquely diverse organisation, We represent over 32 countries within our volunteers and staff speaking over 40 languages. We have an outstanding 'can do' culture. We recognise that for many of our staff and volunteers working with a small baby has challenges even more so when you are in a new country. The culture of kindness is deeply felt as for many of our members the community is their family.
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