This is an exciting opportunity to get involved in an engaging, decision making role in a charity that inspires and empowers young disabled adults to live fulfilling, independent lives – promoting personal development through the arts.

About the Orpheus Centre
The Orpheus Centre was founded in the 1990s by Sir Richard Stilgoe. Its mission is to inspire and empower young disabled students to live fulfilling, independent lives – promoting personal development through the arts.  All staff and volunteers are expected to understand and contribute to the Orpheus Centre ARTS Strategy, details of which are set out in annual operational plans.

Our core values are to be Joyful, Bold, Inclusive, Resilient and Determined. These values are the foundations for all our work and are what the organisation stands for.

Why should you apply?
Orpheus is a vibrant independent specialist college for young disabled adults who have a passion for the arts and a desire to live independently. Orpheus believes that disabled people should have the same opportunities as their non-disabled peers. 
The Board of Trustees is looking for new Trustees with a range of skills and backgrounds. What they will have in common is that they are passionate about our vision to empower and equip young disabled people with the skills and confidence they need in order to live independent and fulfilling lives in the community.

Time commitment and what you will be doing
The time commitment is between 10 and 15 days a year, made up of four Board meetings including the AGM. All Trustees will also join a Board committee. All the committees – Learning and Care; Housing; Fundraising; and Finance, HR and IT – also meet four times a year. Board meetings are held on site, committee meetings by Zoom. There will also be opportunities for attendance and assisting at Orpheus events, and we always welcome Trustee involvement in Orpheus’s work: the more you know about what we do, the more effective your contribution. 

Who do we need?
We have a strong and varied Board, but, with an eye to filling some skills gaps, for future developments at Orpheus, and effective succession planning, we are looking to recruit three or four Trustees. Details are in the role description/person specification. But in brief, we are particularly keen to attract applicants with experience and skill at a senior level, in social care, IT, capital building projects, or housing for people with disabilities. Experience of charities, whether in an executive or Trustee capacity, and in special education, would be an advantage but are not essential. 

In return, we can offer you a fulfilling role shaping the future of a charity which is changing lives for the better, and which is continuously aiming to improve what it does and how it does it.  

How to apply
If you wish to apply for a Trustee position, please supply the following: 

  • A detailed CV setting out your career history, with responsibilities and achievements.

  • A covering letter (maximum two sides) highlighting your suitability for the role and how you meet the person specification. Please note that the covering letter is an important part of your application. 

Details of two professional referees together with a brief statement of their relationship to you and over what period of time they have known you. Referees will not be contacted without your prior consent. 

If you have any questions or would like to arrange a call to discuss the role, please email [email protected] or call 01883 744664 to speak to our Head of HR. 

For a full role description, person specification and candidate information pack, please click here

The Orpheus Centre is proud to be a disability confident employer.
We have made a positive commitment to employing disabled people. Reasonable adjustments will be made to the recruitment procedure as required in consultation with the applicant to ensure no-one is disadvantaged because of their disability. If a disabled person is selected for a position, reasonable adjustments will be made to the workplace, including premises and equipment, work duties and practices or policies, as appropriate. All disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the role as set out in the role profile and person specification will be guaranteed an interview.

As a Disability Confident Employer, we are:

  • Challenging attitudes towards disability
  • Increasing understanding of disability
  • Removing barriers to disabled people and those with long-term health conditions
  • Ensuring that disabled people have the opportunities to fulfil their potential and realise their aspiration
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