The Zone

Name: Trustee
Organisation: The Zone
Location: 14-16 Union Street, Plymouth, Devon, PL1 2SR
Type: Part Time


(18+) We are seeking to appoint individuals to become new members of our Board of Trustees, people who are committed to understanding and developing the innovative ways in which the Zone supports more than 6,500 different young people a year, many with complex and multiple needs.

Trustees will ideally come from a variety of backgrounds and offer differing life and career experiences that reflect the diversity of the people we work with.

This is an opportunity to develop direct experience of working creatively in partnership across multi-agency and multi-disciplinary settings.

Trustees work on a voluntary basis with essential expenses paid. The number of hours varies with individual Trustees and the roles they take on. As a minimum, Trustees are expected to attend one Board meeting lasting two and a half hours every two months and four half day development meetings each year.

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Organisation Description

The Zone runs a ‘Drop in’ for young people aged 13-25 years which provides a safe and confidential space for young people to talk and seek information, advice and support about a number of issues including homelessness, changing mental health, relationships and sexual health and general support.

Our other projects include: ZAP (Zone Accommodation Project), Two mental health projects: Icebreak - an early intervention service offering support to young people aged 16 - 25 who are experiencing severe emotional distress; Insight - an early intervention service offering support to young people aged 18 – 35 who may be experiencing psychosis; Group Work (providing outdoor activities to young people aged 13 – 25 often using Lopwell Barn as a base) and Wiser Wonga – improving financial confidence in young tenants and residents.


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Cause / Interests

  • Drugs and Addictions
  • Homeless and Housing
  • Mental Health

Types of Activity

  • Advice, Information and Support
  • Business, Management and Research
  • Trusteeship and Committee Work
  • Youth Work

Skills and Qualifications


Ideally we are looking for people with experience, skills, and expertise in cooperative team working, with an interest in developing effective organisations, combined with an understanding of our work and ambitions.

These would include, ideally:
• Successful experience of operating within a board or committee in a charitable, public sector or commercial organisation (but awareness and enthusiasm for the role based on other experience may be acceptable)
• Demonstrable experience of building and sustaining relationships with key stakeholders and colleagues to achieve organisational objectives
• A proven track record of sound judgement and effective decision making
• A history of impartiality, fairness and the ability to respect confidences
• A track record of commitment to promoting equality and diversity

Someone with appropriate knowledge, skills and understanding:

These would include ideally:

• Commitment to the organisation and a willingness to give the necessary time and effort to understand its workings and to attend meetings
• Having the confidence to contribute actively in Board meetings and to express a point of view
• To be able to think clearly and to seek clarification where necessary
• To be able to use common sense, for example to bring an independent view and strategic overview to assess the impact of proposals on individuals and groups
• Willingness to be available to staff for advice and enquiries on an ad hoc basis
• An understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship
• To be able to work effectively as a member of a team and having the courage to speak openly when differing perspectives need to be discussed
• An understanding of the respective roles of the Chair, Trustees and Chief Executive


This is an opportunity for someone to develop direct experience of an established voluntary sector organisation working with multi-agency and multi-disciplinary partners across a wide range of innovative service developments.

People interested in becoming Trustees might include those who:

• are working in another sector and wish to gain such experience to help in their own career
• simply want an opportunity to focus on voluntary work that will help the young people of Plymouth and the surrounding area
• want to gain insight into the work of a Trustee Board for a Charity and how it relates to the Charity Commission and other national guidance providers
• feel they have a set of knowledge and skills they would like to volunteer to a worthwhile cause.
We value all the inputs that our Trustees make. They play a significant and important part in the direction and development of the agency.

Additional/Specific Suitabilities

Minimum Age: 18
Maximum Age: NA
Disabled Access: Yes
Wheelchair Access: Yes
Expenses: Travel
Restrictions: NA
Induction: Yes
Insurance Cover: Yes
Special Needs: Yes
Offer: Support
Training: Yes
Other: NA

Recruitment Method

Application form, References, Trial Period, DBS Check, Interview