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About The Organisation

Independent Domestic Abuse Services (IDAS) is Yorkshire's largest charity addressing domestic abuse. A growing and innovative charity, last year IDAS helped more than 7000 people and supported over 4000 families affected by domestic abuse. We now serve North Yorkshire, York, Barnsley and Sheffield. With 130 staff and 50 volunteers we work every way we can to help anyone affected by domestic abuse - providing a confidential helpline, support in the home, the community, the courts, refuge accommodation, and running projects in schools, universities and businesses and free on-line training.

Trustees and committee members

The IDAS Board has up to 12 trustees and a number of committee members drawn from the public, private and not-for-profit sectors who bring a range of expertise to support the charity in meeting its objectives.

The board meets four times a year at a variety of times and locations in Yorkshire. Trustees and committee members serve a three-year term which may be renewed twice. They are unpaid volunteers but are reimbursed for reasonable travel expenses and childcare or similar costs incurred as a result of attending meetings.

We welcome new members from all backgrounds, and at the moment particularly welcome experience in the areas of business development, change management, income generation, HR, digital & IT, and safeguarding.

Trustees will usually be recruited from amongst existing committee members who have become familiar with the work of IDAS and its board. Occasionally an applicant with much-needed skills may be directly recruited to the board. All new trustee and committee members will be given an induction programme which includes training and the support of a board buddy.

IDAS Board Committees

The board is advised by four committee. These are:

  • Finance and Resources
  • Audit, Quality and Performance
  • Professional Standards
  • Fundraising and Profile Raising

The committees are made up of trustees and non-trustee committee members. The duties of committee members are similar to those of trustees but without the additional legal responsibility for the running of the charity. Committees meet at least four times a year and members are welcome to attend board meetings and other IDAS events.

IDAS is working towards The NCVO Trusted Charity Mark, a quality mark of governance.

Selection criteria

Evidence of:

  • Self-motivation
  • Willingness and ability to devote the necessary time and effort
  • Respect for confidentiality
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a strategic team
  • Board / senior management level experience
  • A commitment to the promotion of diversity and equality, and the advocacy of equal rights for women and men.
  • An understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of being a trustee.
  • Independent and impartial judgement along with the ability to think creatively, absorb and analyse complex information and speak out.
  • Respect for the views of others and the importance of listening, discussion and reflection about difficult issues.
  • Strong communication, networking skills and IT skills
  • Ability to travel to meetings across Yorkshire
  • Enhanced DBS check

How to Apply

First go to

Step 1 Expression of Interest - as soon as possible

Please send a completed Expression of Interest form (available at as soon as possible to or post to Board Secretary, IDAS, 39 Blossom Street, York YO24 1AQ.

Step 2 Informal chat

We will then arrange an opportunity for you to discuss what the role will involve with a member of the Board, to help you decide whether it's right for you.

Step 3 Application - by Thursday 16th May

To confirm that you wish to apply please then email or write to the Board secretary, giving the names and full contact details (including email address) of two referees, at least one of whom should be an employer or similar. References will be taken up after interview.