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Trustee Voluntary/unpaid Role

Women’s Aid in Luton is the sole provider of refuge accommodation in Luton for women and children fleeing domestic violence and abuse. We are also the lead Partner in a project to deliver refuge to women with additional support needs, such as poor mental health and drug and alcohol dependencies; these issues can often be as a direct result of trauma brought on by the experience of domestic violence and abuse.

With the current challenges facing our sector, we are focused on securing on-going funding, providing more stability to the organization following recent staff turnover and looking to establish some certainty that the service we provide continues to be ‘fit for purpose’ for our clients and our stakeholders.

We are looking to strengthen our existing Board of Trustees through recruiting additional people to sit on our Board. We are particularly looking to recruit a Chairperson to provide leadership and direction to the Board and individuals who have expertise in all aspects of strategy and leadership.

At the heart of our service is the desire to provide safe, secure and confidential accommodation for women and their children and give them the practical and emotional support that they need to start afresh. Our dedicated team of specialist staff who support women accessing our services and act as an advocate for them as they empower themselves to build a new life for themselves and their family.

For the role of trustee you would:

  • Ensure that the Organisation complies with its own governing constitution, relevant legislation and regulations including but not restricted to, financial, employment, organisational and charity
  • Actively contribute to the running of the Organisation through the provision of firm strategic direction, setting overall policy, defining goals, setting targets and evaluating performance against agreed targets
  • Represent WAIL at functions and meetings where appropriate
  • Ensure the effective and efficient administration of the Organisation
  • Ensure the financial stability of the Organisation
  • Regularly attend Board meetings (12 per year); plus participate in occasional training, networking and fundraising events having properly prepared in advance for each meeting
  • Prepare for each Board meeting by scrutinising papers and documents to be discussed within the meeting. role of Trustee

If you have some time, energy and interest in the domestic violence sector and believe you could make a difference to Women’s Aid in Luton, we would love to hear from you.

If you would like further information or to arrange an informal chat please email

Due to the sensitive nature if this role we will be considering female volunteers only for this post in accordance with the provisions of the Occupational Requirement (Equality Act 2010, pursuant to schedule 9 part 1). Applicants will be required to have a satisfactory enhanced disclosure through the Disclosure and Barring Service.