Islington and various London locations
Closing date

Solace Women’s Aid is excited to open up a new opportunity for women with a lived experience of using Violence Against Women and Girls Services to join our board of trustees.

You know better than anyone what counts in a crisis. Your experience of using VAWG services and your understanding of the issue means you have a perspective that will help us support even more women and children in London in the ways that matter most.

You will have the opportunity to shape our strategy, our financial performance, our reputation, our policies and our projects. We want you to bring your lived experience of using VAWG services to the table, using your skills, creativity and commitment to make a real difference.

The role is a voluntary position that requires a commitment of just 8 meetings and two away days a year. Relevant expenses such as transport and childcare are reimbursed.

Full role responsibilities are listed below. Our trustees receive full training on information and skills necessary to be successful in the role.

Trustee responsibilities:
•    To agree and monitor Solace’s strategic direction to achieve its goals
•    To ensure Solace fulfils its legal, charitable and financial requirements
•    To actively contribute in setting policy, goals, direction & evaluating these
•    To act in the interest and safeguard the reputation and values of Solace
•    To ensure the effective administration of Solace
•    To ensure the financial stability of Solace and the proper investment of funds
•    To appoint the Chief Executive Officer, support and monitor her performance
•    To use specific skills, knowledge and experience to help with decision-making
•    To chair and attend bodies given delegated authority by the board

To find out more about the role please contact [email protected] We are also hosting an open recruitment evening on 14th January. The evening will run between 6pm and 8pm with short presentations from our CEO, Mary Mason, and members of our Board of Trustees. If you would like to reserve your place, please RSVP here. Please note that we will also be providing a crèche service, upon request via the application form, for the duration of the evening.

We aim to ensure that the environment for all of our volunteers at Solace is as safe as possible. Therefore, due to the nature of some discussions and work trustees may be asked to contribute to, we ask that any applicants have left any Violence Against Women and Girls Services at least two years ago.

CLOSING DATE: 12pm (noon) Friday 25th January

INTERVIEW DATE: Week commencing 28th January

To apply please complete and send the Application Form AND Equality Monitoring form to [email protected] by the closing date of Friday 25th January. If for any reason you are having trouble downloading the documents, please email us and we will send the documents to you.

Unfortunately we do not accept CVs.

Solace Women’s Aid values diversity, promotes equality and challenges discrimination. We encourage and welcome applications from people of all backgrounds. We particularly welcome applications from BME women who are currently under-represented on the Board of Trustees.

Solace is a Disability Confident employer. Please feel free to email us at [email protected] if you require any additional support to apply for this role.

This service is run by women for women and is therefore restricted to women applicants under the Equality Act 2010, Schedule 9, and Part 1. Section 7(2) e of the Sex Discrimination Act 1975 apply. The post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act.

An enhanced DBS (Disclosure Barring Service) disclosure will be required for this role

No agencies

How to apply

Please read the Volunteer Role Description before you attempt to fill out the application form.

Please complete the Volunteer Application Form and ensure you clearly state the role you are applying for.

Please complete the Volunteer Equality Monitoring Form.

Send the completed Application Form & Monitoring Form along with your current CV to [email protected].

Please note that our volunteer opportunities are open to women only (exempt under the Equality Act 2010, Schedule 9, Part 1), and that these volunteer roles are exempt from the rehabilitation of offenders act 1974 and subject to enhanced DBS checks where applicable.

Applications which are incomplete will not be reviewed. All our roles are during office hours only unless stated otherwise.