Would you like to be a Trustee?

The current Chair is to retire later this year and the current Board also needs to recruit up to four Trustees.  This is an outstanding opportunity to offer your skills and experience to a well-known and highly respected local charity.

 Padley has a tremendous heritage in Derby, founded in 1985 it is one of Derby’s longest established charities.  It is also one of the largest local charities.  Our purpose is to provide services to the most deprived and vulnerable in our society.  This includes helping people with a range of issues such as homelessness, debt and destitution, drugs, alcohol, mental health issues and long-term unemployment.

Our ethos is founded on personal development and move-on, for some this is about moving on from a difficult past, for others it’s dealing with overwhelming circumstances or coping with a disability or condition that has limited their engagement with society, robbed them of their self-confidence or changed their life. While we help people rebuild their lives and confidence, we provide a safe environment for those who are most at risk in society.

We currently operate from two sites: our headquarters and charity shop at 27 East Street, Derby, and Padley House and adjoining warehouse in Beckett Street, Derby, a third of a mile from the HQ.

Padley House, until recently, comprised an open access twelve-bed hostel and day centre provision. Prior to Covid restrictions, the day centre, open 365 days a year, welcomed 60-100 people each day, served around 50 hot meals a day and had daily visits from a para-medic who operated from a medical facility.  An optician visited monthly, hairdresser fortnightly and there were regular visits from the drug and alcohol support team and probation service. The day centre also provided access to showers and clean clothing.

However, Padley is undergoing a period of very significant change, both in terms of service delivery and physical location. Derby City Council, working with St James’ Securities of Leeds, have embarked upon a major city centre regeneration project.  This will necessitate the demolition of Padley’s base in Beckett Street. This has provided Padley with an opportunity to review its offer to better meet current and future needs.

We have decided that rather than manage a hostel, we will move to supporting men and women in dispersed, self-contained accommodation. Giving homeless people a home of their own in this way, with their own front door key and private address, gives them greater dignity and independence which, with our intensive support, will provide a sound base for moving out of the cycle of homelessness experienced by many. We are providing supported housing management services for the benefit of service users who will be renting this accommodation from Derby Homes and have negotiated a management agreement between Padley and Derby Homes for the provision of this service.  Our initial programme is for 18 such units, of which we already have 4 in management, with a further 8 planned for later this year, and the remainder following soon after.

The day centre is to be re-located, along with the warehouse, so as to provide a wider base of services as follows:

  • develop services for homeless people to fill gaps that have been identified in provision by the Director of Housing Services (for example Positive activities; Life skills and tenancy ready courses; Support with employment; and ADHD and Autism Awareness)
  • work with homeless people who have not yet engaged with Derby Homes’ partnership arrangements and signposting them to the appropriate service provider
  • develop a universal offer in partnership with Derby City Council through their Community Development Manager, recognising that the City-wide strategy is only gradually emerging at the present time
  • re-focussing our food offer around the new pattern of service provision and in close partnership with the Food4Thought Alliance in the City.

Historically, much of Padley’s work has been funded by grants from the local authority and NHS, but over the last five years these have been withdrawn such that now activities are mainly supported by Derby and Derbyshire based private and corporate voluntary funding.

At Padley we aim to transform the lives of disadvantaged people for the better. We want exceptional people to join our Board of Trustees to enable us to fulfil this exciting vision. We are at a pivotal point in our strategic development and we need Trustees who can bring experience, insights and passion to help realise our ambition and build a sustainable future. We want exceptional thinkers and people who can bring creative and different ideas to help us continue to develop.

We are looking to augment our already strong Board of Trustees in the following areas, though we welcome applications from all sectors:

  • Fundraising and Marketing
  • Communications/Public Relations
  • Finance
  • Property/Facilities Management
  • HR

Our Trustees:

  • must share the commitment and values of The Padley Group
  • should be able to create strong working relationships, bringing appropriate levels of support and challenge to debates
  • must communicate clearly and concisely; being prepared to listen to others and recognise different viewpoints
  • must be committed to helping create a diverse and inclusive Charity; demonstrating an accepting and positive regard for others
  • must have empathy with the services and client groups that we seek to serve – direct experience working with disadvantaged people would be an advantage
  • preferably have experience as a trustee, or equivalent, for example, school governors, leading or participating in senior teams – though support can be provided for those seeking to transfer skills from other areas

A Trustee role with Padley provides an excellent opportunity to work with a dynamic and creative organisation, to help shape our strategy and make a difference to the lives of disadvantaged people.

The Trustee roles are voluntary and unremunerated.  Trustees are appointed initially for three years.

Board meetings normally take place bi-monthly. Away days/half-days take up no more than a further two days per year. There is an expectation that Trustees will also contribute and play an active role in Board sub groups which will meet between Board meetings, and other relevant events where they will act as ambassadors of the Padley

Allan Shaw, Chair of Padley Board, on 07973303550 for an informal chat. Email [email protected] for an application pack

We want our Trustees to be representative of diverse communities so we actively encourage applications from those with appropriate lived experience, ethnic minorities, disabled people and anyone who identifies as part of a community that is under-represented in the charity.

Allan Shaw