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Volunteering Opportunity: Slow the Flow-Trustee at Slow the Flow

  • Type of Activity:
    Trusteeship and committees
  • Cause / Interest:
    Environment and conservation
  • Geographical Area(s):
    Upper Valley
  • Opportunity Type:
    Residential
  • Volunteer Commitment:
    Long term (Commitment of at least 6 months expected)
  • Skills Required:
    Interpersonal skills, Listening and communication, Negotiation and influencing, Practical, Teamwork
  • Skills To Gain:
    Leadership, Planning and organising, Teamwork

More Details About This Role

Slow The Flow was set up following the catastrophic flood event of Boxing Day 2015, to look at natural flood prevention measures and solutions to slow the volume of water which comes down the hillsides into the River Calder in West Yorkshire.

We have subsequently grown to become a nationally recognised charity, with a Queens Award for Voluntary Service for our work to advance the education of the public in Natural Flood Management (NFM), Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) and other sustainable methods of managing the environment. Repeatedly called upon to comment by local and national media, we seek to promote the cause of nature-based solutions (NBS) to mitigate some of the impacts of an increasingly erratic climate, specifically flooding.

We are a strong team of volunteer trustees with skills ranging from ground engineering and landscape architecture through to commercial management and digital media. We currently operate on a shoestring budget, entirely voluntary, and we wish to see this expand. This will allow us to increase our outreach activities. Two proposed new Trustee roles of Fundraising, and Project & People Management, are central to our plans for the future.

What Could Someone Gain From This Role?

This is a real opportunity to contribute to the growth and development of our activities in the Upper Valley and make a practical contribution to the impact of climate change in their local area. It is an opportunity to develop leadership, project management skills and event planning, and would be a fantastic addition to a CV.

Requirements and Benefits

Specific desirable criteria: Fundraising Trustee

● Demonstrable experience of successfully securing funding for projects.
● Understanding of the current funding landscape.
● Experience of successfully delivering funded projects.
● Experience of monitoring grant funded projects, and reporting to providers as appropriate.

Specific desirable criteria: Project & People Management

● An ability to assist the organisation in developing and expanding capacity to further our aims and objectives.
● An ability to assist the organisation in developing strategy around our objectives.
● Experience of successfully recruiting the right staff to a comparable organisation.
● Experience of successfully managing organisations and people.

Bi monthly meetings usually in person
Out of pocket expenses reimbursed

Age / Gender Restrictions

18+