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Chair and Trustees | Youth United Foundation

Join the board of a unique organisation ensuring that every young person, regardless of background or location, has the opportunity to become a member of a uniformed youth group.

  • Location: Central London
  • Salary: Unremunerated (with reasonable expenses)

About the role

We believe that uniformed youth organisations offer young people a plethora of skills and experiences, laying the building blocks for them to overcome any barriers they may face and empowering them to be the best that they can be.

We were founded by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales to support a collaborative Network of the Nation’s leading uniformed youth groups to create and deliver programmes so that more young people – especially those facing disadvantage – have the opportunity to become part of a uniformed youth group. The 11 members of the Youth United Network collectively offer an opportunity for 1.5 million young people across the UK and devolved nations to volunteer and learn skills in diverse environments, from public service to armed forces, to seas, skies, the wilderness and beyond.

Our role at the Foundation is to serve and support the Youth United Network. We do this by creating a forum for them to convene, share best practice and we help our members access funds so that they can increase their reach and impact. We generate and facilitate programmes, on the network’s behalf, aimed at targeting hard to reach young people, and creating new opportunities in disadvantaged communities.

We achieve this through securing funding from organisations such as the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, the Cabinet Office, the Queen’s Trust and The Prince of Wales Charitable Fund. As a result of this support and funding, we have to date created 53,000 new places in disadvantaged communities and we are seeking funding to create even more.

The COVID-19 pandemic has had an ever-increasing effect on our young people and during this time there has never been a bigger need to come together as a Network. We have played a role in bringing together the Youth United Network to share best practice in responding to the pandemic and to support one another during this difficult time. We facilitate these discussions fortnightly, ensuring there is a place to share ideas but also that together we are ensuring conversations with government about youth sector provision and financial support for its survival during and regeneration post this crisis are co-ordinated and of maximum effect.

This is a challenging but exciting time for the Foundation as we look to secure our next round of funding from government to support uniformed youth groups, this funding will be more vital than ever for young people, especially those who experience disadvantage during the pandemic.

Who we're looking for

We are looking to appoint a new Chair as our current Chair, Jennie Price CBE, approaches the end of her term. The Chair has regular contact with Clarence House, our funders and works with all members of the Network, so we need an excellent ambassador for Youth United Foundation. This is an opportunity to put one’s stamp on a prestigious organisation and support the next stage of its development.

Our ideal candidate will be passionate about young people, bring a wealth of knowledge of government funding and be a first-rate convener, communicator and influencer. The Foundation is currently in a strong position to secure further funding and they will understand how to realise this through their advocacy It is important that you have a strong track record of engaging successfully with a wide variety of stakeholders and enjoy that role.

We are also looking for two new Trustees to join our board and seek a range of different skills and experiences to complement those of our current Trustees. We are interested in people with expertise in: communications and media, governance, and those with an understanding of how to attract government and private sector funding. We are keen to ensure our board is diverse, represents our society and is inclusive, with members bringing many different perspectives.

We expect the time commitment for the Chair to be two to three days a month and the time commitment for Trustees to be up to a day a month.

This is an opportunity to join the board of a respected and valued organisation at the heart of advocacy for uniformed youth.

For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential chat, please contact:

Jennifer Horan | jennifer@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07519 070 497

Closing date: 9am, Monday 29th March 2021

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A welcome from Alex Peace-Gadsby OBE, Trustee

The YUF team are delighted that you are considering joining us.

Youth United Foundation developed from the passion of our Patron, HRH The Prince of Wales, for ensuring that every young person, regardless of background or location, has the opportunity to become a member of a uniformed youth group and his recognition that there was a huge opportunity for mutual support and collaboration between the uniformed youth charities.

Today, Youth United is a Network of 11 uniformed youth organisations, each with their own strong brands and unique programmes that make them appealing to different types of young people. Collectively, the Network works with more adult volunteers and young people than any other organisation in the UK, positively impacting the lives of 1.5 million young people, giving them a sense of belonging, building their confidence and developing life skills that make them more employable and able to contribute to the communities in which they live.

The Foundation provides life-changing opportunities to young people by supporting the Network through facilitating funded projects to work together to target hard to reach young people by creating more places and opening more youth groups in disadvantaged communities. To date, the Foundation has supported the Network in attracting thousands of new volunteers and creating over 53,000 new places, providing fun and vital life skills that will support young people’s employability and social mobility.

The Foundation is also a widely respected and valued voice within government and among key stakeholders, acting as an advocate for uniformed youth. It is a member of the Back Youth Alliance and the National Youth Advisory Board.

This is a very exciting time to join YUF. Because of Covid-19, there has never been a bigger need to collaborate as a Network with the pandemic bringing the organisations even closer together in their shared purpose. There is a great opportunity for the right candidate to lead on the strategic direction of the charity as we move forward from the pandemic.

We are keen to encourage applications from as diverse a range of candidates as possible, to ensure we have an inclusive Board with different skills and perspectives, and welcome applications from a wide range of backgrounds.

If you share our passion for ensuring that all young people have the opportunity to achieve their full potential and our belief that uniformed youth organisations have a significant part to play in this, we very much hope you will be keen to join us and be part of our exciting future to help shape YUF.

Thank you for your interest and we look forward to hearing from you.

Alex Peace-Gadsby

Trustee, Youth United Foundation

About Youth United

For over a century and a half, young people in the UK have been members of organisations in the Youth United Network, bringing substantial benefits to both themselves and their communities.

In 2009, HRH The Prince of Wales demonstrated his passion for youth social action and uniformed youth when he brought together the heads of the Nation’s leading uniformed youth groups to form a collaborative network. The Foundation was incorporated in 2012 to generate funding and facilitate programmes, on the network’s behalf, aimed at targeting hard to reach young people, creating new opportunities in disadvantaged communities and sustaining pre-existing units.

Today, Youth United is a Network of the strongest youth organisations in the UK working directly with 1.5 million young people, aged between 4-24, and has the following 11 members:

  • Army Cadets
  • Fire Cadets
  • Girlguiding
  • RAF Air Cadets
  • St John Ambulance
  • The Boy’s Brigade
  • The Girl’s Brigade England & Wales
  • The Jewish Lads and Girls Brigade
  • The Scouts
  • Volunteer Police Cadets

The Foundation supports the Network in achieving a shared vision and mission that every young person in the UK has the opportunity to be a member of one of Youth United’s member organisations through facilitating collaboration on strategic projects and funding opportunities so that resources are used more effectively for young people.

Youth United Foundation

Youth United Foundation provides life-changing opportunities for young people around the UK by supporting the Network to create more places and open more youth groups in more communities and through facilitating funded projects that achieve a greater impact through the Network working together.

Uniformed youth organisations grow organically in communities where they enjoy a history and local support. This growth is less prevalent in disadvantaged communities and the Foundation provides the seed funding needed to establish new places within these areas, ensuring that young people across the country have an equal opportunity to join these youth groups.

Uniformed youth organisations grow organically in communities where they enjoy a history and local support. This growth is less prevalent in disadvantaged communities and the Foundation provides the seed funding needed to establish new places within these areas, ensuring that young people across the country have an equal opportunity to join these youth groups.

It achieves this by securing funding from organisations such as the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG), the Cabinet Office, the Queen’s Trust and The Prince of Wales Charitable Fund, on behalf of its Network members and acting as a grant funder. As a result of this support, Youth United Foundation has supported the Network in attracting new volunteers and creating over 53,000 new places in disadvantaged communities to date, providing fun and vital life skills that will support their employability and social mobility. The Charity is actively seeking further funding to create even more places.

The Foundation is also a respected and valued voice within government when acting as an advocate for uniformed youth. It is a member of the Back Youth Alliance and the National Youth Advisory Board. The Foundation’s advocacy is influenced by its impact reports, such as ‘The role of Uniformed Youth Groups in Social Integration’ and ‘The Impact of Uniformed Youth Groups on Young People’.

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    Closing date: 9am, Monday 29th March 2021
    Appointment Panel interview: w/c Monday 29th March 2021
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