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We are looking to recruit new members to the Board of Trustees,– each position is voluntary and unpaid.

 

We are a charity dedicated to the emotional wellbeing of all English speaking residents of Spain.  Our vision is for a society in which fewer people die by suicide, people are able to explore their feelings, and people are able to acknowledge and respect the feelings of others.

 

We do this by enabling people of any age who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those who may be at risk of suicide, to receive confidential emotional support.  This support is provided by appropriately trained Listeners via FREEPHONE between 10am and 10pm, 365 days a year.  We offer this support in order to improve emotional health and to reduce the incidence of suicide.

 

Whether you are already an experienced Trustee or wanting to make that first step to Board level, we would love to hear from you.

 

The skills we are looking for:

  • Fluency in English/ native English speaker

  • Ability to work effectively as a member of the team

  • Ability to exercise good independent judgement

  • Strategic vision

  • Ability to think creatively

  • Adherence to principles of public life: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership

 

In addition, we are looking for the following skills specific to each Trustee role that we wish to appoint to:

 

Listening Operations

Listener Welfare

Experience in writing and implementing operational policies and procedures.

 

IT literate with an ability to collect and analyse facts and figures pertaining to the service in order to make recommendations for improvement.

 

Ability to manage a small team and resolve HR issues as the need arises.

Experience in HR management – ideally in the voluntary sector but not essential.

 

Ability to handle conflict resolution and mediation

 

Understanding of health & safety regulations.

 As a Trustee, you can expect:

  • Opportunities to make strategic decisions and develop new skills

  • Influence to shape innovative projects

  • Debate and discussion with like-minded senior professionals

  • The opportunity to make a real difference to the English speaking ex-pat community

 

We are looking for individuals who are willing and able to devote the necessary time and effort – which could be 2x half days per week, plus Board/Zoom meetings and ad hoc events when possible. 

 

Board meetings are held monthly and mainly by Zoom.  However, board members are expected to attend three meetings per year in person.  For this reason, applicants need to be willing to travel to our office in Punta Marina, Alicante on the understanding that all reasonable expenses will be reimbursed.

 

Interested?

Contact Secretary Louise Denneny: secretary.spainsams@gmail.com for an application form.  Please express which Trustee role(s) you are interested in being considered for. 

The closing date for submission of completed applications is 30 June 2024.

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