Could you be a Create Sheffield Trustee?
Do you want to support children in Sheffield to enhance their life chances through arts and culture? Be part of a committed group of volunteers? You do? Then you could be our newest Trustee!
We are a charitable organisation that is set up to empower children and young people of Sheffield through increasing access and participation in arts, culture and heritage. From creative learning opportunities to fun things to do – we’re here to benefit the lives of all those aged 0-24.
We have formed Create Sheffield as a charity as we really believe that the city needs to invest in cultural education to enhance the lives of our children and young people and to build a brighter, better society as well as individual life chances. Sheffield is an extraordinary city full of potential and we want to make sure that it is open and builds positive futures through creativity.
Create Sheffield want to expand our Trustee team with talented and passionate individuals like you. Our work will enable more young people from all backgrounds to access arts, learn skills and build confidence to engage with the world and each other.
Create Sheffield is Sheffield’s Local Cultural Education Partnership (LCEP). Formed in 2016, Create Sheffield is one of 15 LCEPs established in Yorkshire and Humber by IVE, the Arts Council’s Bridge Organisation for the region, in response to the Cultural Education Challenge. Find more information about this.
Create Sheffield was officially launched as a company in 2018, with a mission to bring arts and culture to as many children and young people as possible and to remove the barriers that stop young people getting involved. Read more about our governance and history.
The requirements of the current educational system, coupled with the expectation to ‘catch up’ post Covid, has squeezed opportunities for arts, culture and creativity out of the curriculum, and pushed it, increasingly, into the position of an enrichment activity. If children are not connecting with arts, culture and creativity at home, then we can no longer expect them to be offered the opportunity in school. This in turn causes a city divide around who can and who cannot engage with arts and cultural activity.
We want to reverse this trend and ensure that every child has both access to cultural education and experiences, and also to ensure that there are ways to help young people build creativity into their everyday lives. For some, this may be a life choice, for others a career Create Sheffield is there to help them on their way.
Getting involved in arts and culture helps to build a child’s cognitive and social skills, boosts health and wellbeing, and teaches skills that are invaluable in the world of work. That’s why we’re determined to enhance the life of Sheffield’s young people.
How will we get there? Through collaboration and innovation; by developing sustainable partnerships with local artists and cultural organisations, and meaningful relationships with schools, educators and young people. We aim to provide more opportunities for children and young people to explore, discover and create in Sheffield. Learn more about the problems we are trying to solve and find out how to get involved.
Create Sheffield is evolving as an organisation and has firm foundations in its shared goals and values with our cultural and education partners. It is a collaborative movement through which we will make Sheffield a place which listens to and responds to the needs of its youngest residents so that they can live, learn and play together.
Charity number 1189387, Company number 11633729
Who are we looking for
Our Board aims to be diverse and representative of a broad cross-section of the local community, across a span of ages and backgrounds, with insights and experience in the arts, learning and connecting with children and young people. The Board will provide governance for the charity and welcomes expertise in several professional disciplines; finance, hr, business development and fundraising.
We respect and value differing opinions and perspectives; we are committed to equality, diversity and inclusion. We welcome applications from every section of the Sheffield community; and we would mentor successful candidates who wish to grow their knowledge of what it takes to be a Trustee.
We are looking to speak to people who are interested in change, collaboration and charity development as well as helping children.
Role Description – Trustee
Trustees are the people responsible for controlling the management and administration of Create Sheffield
A trustee is required to act reasonably and prudently in all matters relating to the charity and must always bear the interests of Create Sheffield in mind.
The role of a trustee is:
- to ensure that Create Sheffield complies at all times with its governing document, charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations
- to set and maintain vision, mission and values
- to develop strategy, setting overall policy, defining goals and setting targets and evaluating performance against agreed targets
- to ensure accountability
- to set up employment procedures and respect the roles of staff/volunteers
- to support the operational management of the organisation
- to draw up and monitor the implementation of internal policies, which must include equality and diversity as well as health and safety policies and grievance and disciplinary procedures
- to ensure that risk assessments for all aspects of the business are carried out
- to safeguard the good name and values of Create Sheffield
- to maintain effective Board performance and ensure the effective and efficient administration of the charity including funding, insurance and premises
In addition to the above statutory duties, each Trustee should use any specific skills, knowledge or experience s/he has to help the Board reach sound decisions. These may involve scrutinising Board and focus group papers, leading discussions, focusing on key issues, providing advice and guidance on new initiatives and other issues in which the Trustee has special expertise.
We meet on a quarterly basis for two hours and have on away day session per year. There will also be regular finance and HR subgroup committee meetings.
Trustees are also invited to attend networking opportunities which will include a twice yearly creative forum.
- Please get in touch to let us know why you would like to be a trustee at Create Sheffield. Please answer the following question ‘Why us and why you?’
- You can use whatever format you feel comfortable, e.g a CV and covering letter, a LinkedIn profile, even a short video.
- Please send your expression of interest to email@example.com by Monday 30th May 2022
- Interviews will be held on Monday 6th June and Wednesday 8th June shortlisted applicants can request a time slot to suit between 4 and 7pm
If you have any questions or would like to find out more about the role of being a trustee please do contact Margot Walker, Interim chair E:firstname.lastname@example.org