Want to make a difference? Join our Board of Trustees

SOFEA enables people to transform their lives. If you want to make an amazing difference to people’s lives with a fantastic charity ready for the next stage of its journey, SOFEA would love to talk to you about joining our Board of Trustees.

From our bases in Milton Keynes and Didcot we work directly with over 600 people each year (mostly young people), providing an innovative approach to wellbeing, employability and education for some of the most disadvantaged in our community. We work in partnership with Schools, Health, the Police and Social Services to find people whose lives we help transform.

Our food distribution operation is the main context for the above programmes, and is almost entirely staffed by young people who have graduated from these programmes. We employ 30 young people, who had faced serious barriers to their employment through this route, including warehouse supervisors, administrative staff, IT support and peer mentors.

Through the distribution of 1,500 tonnes of surplus food each year (working in partnership with FareShare) we reach many communities across the Thames Valley and South Midlands, working in partnership with nearly 200 other organisations to not only ensure that people in need receive food, but to use the convening power of food as a catalyst to enable people to transform their lives.

We are currently looking for great people who can add value to the team. No previous experience of Non-Executive or Trustee roles is required, but we’re particularly looking for expertise, experience and interest in the areas of safeguarding, Equality Diversity Inclusion, fundraising and finance. If your expertise and/or experience is from a public health, youth crime or fundraising background we’d be particularly interested in hearing from you.

Our Board of Trustees is a voluntary board and meets formally six times a year (the majority online) and the expectation is that Trustees attend these meeting and either join one of the Board’s Committees or act as a Link Trustee for part of the organisation.

SOFEA works with vulnerable people and we take our approach to safeguarding very seriously. As such we operate a safer recruitment policy, as part of which, we require successful applicants to complete an enhanced disclosure and barring service check.

For more information, email Elaine Murphy (SOFEA HR Manager) elaine@sofea.uk.com to arrange a visit, or a call 01235 510774.