Please see below letter received:
St Pauls Advice Centre are desperately looking for a chair of trustees. The centre have been without a chair for over a year and the situation is becoming very worrying. They wonder if amongst others who may be interested, if a solicitor who has retired recently may be interested in undertaking this role. Such a person would be ideal and have the right mix of skills and professional knowledge to take the Centre forward.
St Pauls Advice Centre is a strong and viable organisation. It is badly needed in the community and provides an excellent service to the people of the area. In a period of increasing austerity many of the most vulnerable in our community are struggling to survive and have great difficulty tackling rising debt and the complex benefits system. The organisation has good reserves, next year’s funding has been agreed, and there is an experienced and very able director with a stable experienced staff group. There is a good trustee group with some from a community service background who contribute well. Importantly, there are no areas of disagreement or friction for a new chair to deal with. Of course, we have our challenges. How to adapt to growing demand is a constant worry and the Centre needs to find better premises. We are also seeking a treasurer as the previous treasurer has moved out of the area. Most of all we need a chair to take forward strategic issues and lead the organisation though a period of change and potential growth.
We would pleased to take this forward in any way a prospective candidate would prefer. We have a strategic plan and other papers which may be of interest at an early stage. Also, we would be very pleased to meet with anyone considering this role to talk through the issues they may face in more detail, and without that person committing themselves to anything.
We would be very grateful indeed if you were able to help us.
St Pauls Advice Centre