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Chair and 2x Trustees The Change Project

Lead an organisation committed to reducing domestic abuse. The Change Project protect victims by educating perpetrators (people who use abuse) to bring about behaviour change and to help people understand, what domestic abuse is. The Change Project deliver a range of services to prevent abusive behaviours.

  • Location: Essex, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, and Luton
  • Salary: Unremunerated
  • Closing date: By 9 a.m. Monday 4th July 2022

The Change Project was established in 2017 to change harmful relationships to create positive futures for children, victims, and perpetrators.

1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men experience domestic abuse every year. This equates to two million people in the UK – these are only the figures that are reported to health and the police and do not estimate the abuse behind closed doors.

It is estimated that 130,000 children live in abusive homes.

The Change Project was created to support people to achieve a life free of abuse. We aim to achieve this through increasing the safety of victims, changing the behaviour of perpetrators, reducing the impact of domestic violence for future generations, and educating professionals and the public about domestic abuse.

The Change Project’s services include:

  • Domestic Violence Perpetrator Programme: a RESPECT accredited, 27-week structured group programme, designed to engage perpetrators and work with them to understand their behaviour.
  • The Change Hub: addresses domestic abuse in the community. Domestic Violence Awareness Practitioners deliver one-to-one behaviour change interventions matched to the level of risk and the client’s individual circumstances.
  • Centre Counselling: provides counselling to families, couples, and individuals to promote wellbeing through healthy relationships. We address sexual problems through counselling and psychosexual therapy covering all aspects of relationships.

The Change Project’s influence in the field of domestic abuse has continued to grow, but our work is not done. There are more than 100,000 people in the UK at imminent risk of serious injury. Services rightly need to focus on meeting the needs of victims, but this means only 1% of perpetrators get specialist intervention that might help prevent future abusive behaviour.

We are now looking to grow our board through the appointment of a new Chair and two trustees.

The Covid-19 pandemic has been challenging, creating a “perfect storm” for an increase in domestic abuse related incidents, and thus more people needing our services.

Regrettably, unable to continue many services during the pandemic lockdown, the charity experienced a decline in income and the size of our organisation was downsized.

As we continue to rebuild with a desire to scale, grow, and have a greater impact, we are looking for a new Chair and trustees who can support us to create our next strategy. The focus will be on growing our organisation, responding to national need, expanding our services, establishing our brand, and extending our reputation for quality.

To achieve this, we are looking for a Chair who can lead us in our next strategic phase, bring strong understanding of charity governance and a commercial lens to our organisation.

For our new trustees, we are interested in people who bring a wealth of experiences including, but not limited to, a domestic abuse specialist, commissioning and contracting, safeguarding, legal and HR. We are looking for a highly committed and a more diverse board who can support us to achieve growth and impact while also diversify our income.

The board meets quarterly in the evening for 1.5 hours. Currently, the board meets virtually but would like to have a mix of face to face and virtual in the future. The expected time commitment for the Chair is 1-2 days per month, while for trustees this is expected to be half a day a month.

For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultant at Peridot Partners:

Jennifer Horan | Jennifer@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07519 070497


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About The Change Project

We are here to help, not to judge.

Our Domestic Violence Prevention Teams are located across the UK and we bring a range of specialities. We are committed to preventing conflict in relationships, whatever form that takes. It could be a parent experiencing aggressive behaviour from a child, a partner experiencing controlling and abusive behaviour, or a couple having arguments and fights. Whatever age, background, or sexual orientation, we can help resolve problems in relationships.

How we help

  • Our range of award-winning Domestic Abuse Prevention services are designed to reduce the harm domestic abuse causes to victims, children and the wider community.
  • Sex Therapists work with those that are experiencing difficulties with their sex life and cover a wide range of problems from difficulty having orgasms to penetration problems.
  • Our Relationship Hub delivers expert help to those that want to talk about their problems in confidence with a qualified relationship expert.
  • Our work Supporting Parents focuses on enabling parents to be child-centred even when their relationship is in difficult, be it the relationship between the parents or the relationship between a parent and a child.
  • We support young people through our counselling in schools, working with young people who are using abusive behaviour and want to stop, and through our training programmes in schools.

Our vision is a future free of relationship conflict and abuse and our mission is to provide a range of services to achieve positive change for all by ending violence and abuse, resolving conflict, and promoting emotional wellbeing.

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    Closing date: Monday 4th July 2022

    Candidates informed of outcome: Friday 8th July 2022

    Trustee Interviews: Friday 15th July 2022

    Chair Interviews: Friday 25th July 2022



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