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Interested in becoming a Trustee?

HACRO is looking for a new trustee if you might know of anyone who might be interested?

HACRO is seeking a trustee to oversee and develop our work readiness programmes, BBO mentoring and WorkAbility which take place across Hertfordshire in the community.  We were about to start delivering WorkAbility in HMP The Mount and in Job Centres when the pandemic restrictions came into effect so this will need to be picked up. The teams are experienced professionals supported by volunteers.

The Board of eight Trustees meets monthly (currently via Zoom).  All trustees have specific areas of responsibility and are active in the work of the charity. We are a CIO with an annual income of around £250,000.  We have expanded rapidly in recent years through a mix of commissioned work and grant funding.  

What is HACRO looking for?

HACRO is seeking someone local to Hertfordshire who has an understanding of the criminal justice system. This might have been through having worked in the prison or probation services or as a magistrate, service user or other relevant experience. Being able to work with a range of different people and to consider the best interests of our clientele and local communities is essential as is a willingness to work at a strategic level with fellow trustees to ensure the continued development of the charity.

We are particularly keen to hear from people from the BAME community in order to improve the diversity of the board.

We are seeking someone with some of the skills/experience listed below:

  • Project/Programme Management
  • General/Operations Management
  • Mentoring/Coaching experience

Personal Attributes for Role :

  • Commitment to HACRO, its vision and mission.
  • Willingness and enthusiasm to devote the necessary time and effort.
  • Personal integrity.
  • Strategic vision.
  • Good, independent judgement.
  • Ability to think creatively.
  • Willingness to speak their mind.
  • Understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship.
  • Ability to work effectively as a member of a team.
  • Some experience of charity finance and fundraising would be useful (and appreciated).
  • The skills to analyse proposals and examine their financial consequences.
  • Willingness to be available to staff for advice and enquiries on an ad hoc basis.

What difference will you make?

Having a job is key to enabling offenders to turn their lives around and reducing reoffending. This benefits the individuals, their families and community. Work readiness is an important aspect of HACRO’s services because many offenders do not have the skills, attitudes or experience to get and retain jobs. They often have few qualifications and may have poor literacy, numeracy and IT skills, having had an inconsistent school experience.  They are actively discriminated against by some employers and will face even greater barriers to employment post-Covid as unemployment levels rise among the general population.

HACRO work-readiness projects aim to give people the skills, self-confidence, self-belief and qualifications to enable them to succeed in getting and retaining jobs which will, in turn, improve their self-esteem and enable them to support themselves and their families and become contributing members of their local communities.

What’s in it for the volunteer?

Our projects are recognised as successful and as a result, we have good success in raising funds through grants from charitable trusts and public bodies and getting commissioned work.  We have a skilled, experienced and dedicated group of staff and volunteers who are committed to the values of the charity and to its aims and objectives.

HACRO is an organisation in transition. We are expanding rapidly due to the skills and commitment of our trustees and manager. It is an exciting and challenging time to be involved with such an organisation.

Valerie Beale

HACRO Chairman

62-72 Victoria Street, St Albans, Herts, AL1 3XH

01438 833966 or 07703 475980

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