We are a Parent Carer Forum. We are an independent charity, working across Surrey, that enables the voice of Parents and Carers of children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) to be heard in the provision of Health, Education and Social Welfare services.

Our membership is over 2500 parent carers of children with SEND, and through consulting them, we aim to influence, advise and co-produce services with Surrey Local Authorities. Family Voice Surrey recognises that people from different backgrounds and with different skills, attitudes and experiences bring fresh ideas and perceptions.

We are currently recruiting a number of voluntary positions on our Board of Trustees. As a Trustee you will get: • Induction, training and reimbursable expenses, • Opportunities to make important decisions & develop new skills, • Opportunities to be part of a committed, capable team, • Influence to shape Surreys SEND services, • Opportunities to use your families SEND experience, or your professional skills or just your common sense, to truly make a difference, • The satisfaction of being involved in something very worthwhile and important.

What skills do I need?

Our new Trustees will come with a variety of possible experiences and skills and from different backgrounds: -

• Parents of children with SEND - i.e. parents that have direct personal experience of the issues we tackle – regardless of your working skills or experience,

• Or: Working knowledge of the Education, Health (esp. CAMHS) or Social Care sector, particularly with services for children with SEND,

• Or: Experience of the charity sector and/or general transferable professional skills - i.e. HR, Finance, Fundraising, Marketing, Operational Management skills etc,

• Or: professional skill an insight to the political landscape in Surrey and an ability to network and influence.

We value and harness difference and wish to make our services relevant and approachable for everyone. We particularly welcome applications from disabled and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates as BAME and disabled people are currently under-represented on the Board.

If you feel that you fit any of the above, you could be the perfect fit for our team, (previous Board experience not necessary as training will be given). 

  • Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic (BAME)
  • Children
  • Disability
  • Families and Parenting
  • Health and Hospices
  • Mental Health
  • Young People
  • Administration and Office
  • Advice and Information
  • Employee Volunteering
  • Finance
  • Fundraising
  • IT and Websites
  • Marketing, PR, Social Media
  • Teaching, Training and Coaching
  • Trusteeship, Committee Work

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Availability Details

The expected time commitment is 4 Trustee meetings per year (held on Zoom, week-day evenings), one full strategy day, plus AGM and some ad hoc committee work. You can get more involved with our Charity too, if you wish.

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