Out-of-pocket expenses paid
almost 2 years ago
Set up in 2010, the Margaret Carey Foundation runs bike maintenance workshops in prisons and in the community across 5 counties in England. Our 13 prison workshops across 11 prisons provide meaningful activity to approximately 125 prisoners each week, saving around 250 wheelchairs and 1,100 bikes each year from landfills. In June 2015, MCF Community Bike Hub in Shipley sells pre-owned bikes which have been refurbished in our MCF prison workshops informally training 450+ members of the public a month so that customers can keep their new bikes on the road. Also mid-2015, we opened The Bradford Bikery, a training partnership in a Bradford housing estate in partnership with InCommunities social housing provider. And in 2016, we opened a community bike workshop in an approved premises in Greater Manchester with Achieve North West.
We are working for a world where:
- Communities are safer because people in prison and excluded adults in the community have the self-esteem, skills and opportunity to break their personal cycle.
- Unwanted bikes and wheelchairs are reused for good, instead of filling up landfills.
- Vulnerable and disadvantaged people – and projects working with them - have access to affordable bikes, promoting a healthy lifestyle and car-free towns.
We wish to recruit a new member to join our governing body, the Board of Trustees, to help us achieve our mission and ensure that the organisation is effectively managed. Given the importance of bikes and of our social enterprise to our charitable aims we are particularly looking for people with the following experience to join our Board:
1) Community projects preferably in the West Yorkshire area, working with vulnerable, disadvantaged adults or young people
2) High street retail experience, working with products and services and with some experience of staffing
3) Keen cyclists, particularly people with experience in cycling groups and promoting cycling in the community
4) Corporate and/or philanthropic fundraising
You would need to be able to make a commitment to the Margaret Carey Foundation and its principles, have social concern, independent judgement and the ability to work as part of a team with our other five board members.
The trustees meet as a board four times each year and individual trustees are also involved in other ways as their time permits. Trustees must be aged at least 18 and we welcome applicants from all backgrounds, particularly people who have had contact with the criminal justice system. Being a trustee is a voluntary role but we reimburse travel to and from York for Board meetings and other out-of-pocket expenses.
How to apply
Please contact David Brown, MCF’s Director, on firstname.lastname@example.org with your CV and a short cover letter expressing your interest in becoming a trustee. We look forward to hearing from you!
We value diversity at TPP and welcome applications from all sections of the community.