SNAPS is looking to recruit new members to our Board of Trustees from our Parent/Carer community and therefore we are putting together a single short session to help explain what the Board actually does and what the role of a Trustee involves. The aim would be to encourage more people to join the Board either as future Trustees or as observers, and to help improve understanding generally.
Special Needs and Parent Support Yorkshire CIO, or SNAPS, has been blessed over the years with a number of Trustees who have given willingly of their time and expertise to help to ensure that the charity operates properly, according to its brief, and delivers its services and support to children with additional needs and their families. Some have been parents or volunteers, or people unconnected to SNAPS but wanting to ‘give something back’.
The role of the Trustees and the Board is primarily to ensure that SNAPS operates according to its guiding document, which is called the Constitution. This is an important document which enables SNAPS to register with the body which controls all charities, called the Charity Commission, and to define what its role is – i.e. why it exists and what it plans to do as an organisation.
So, according to the SNAPS’ Constitution, the objects of the charity are:
· To help meet the needs of parents and carers of children with special needs by the provision of support and advocacy, advice and information;
· To promote health and education for children with special needs and their parents and carers;
· To provide educational and recreational facilities in interests of social welfare for children with special needs and their parents and carers so that conditions of life may be improved.
As you can see, our objects are drafted to be pretty broad, but they do define what we can do, and what we can’t do. So, for example, if we started a project supporting a political or religious objective, however worthy that might be, it would be outside of our remit and therefore not legal for SNAPS to be involved with.
We would be delighted if you are able to join this session. Please do take this opportunity, and contact either myself or Lucy Owen for a chat about the next step.
Chris Eatwell, Chair firstname.lastname@example.org 07813 028 594
Lucy Owen, Chief Executive email@example.com 07866 702 026