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Chair | Yorkshire Children’s Centre

Are you an inspirational leader committed to ensuring that we live in a world where children and families meet their full potential in life? If so, you may be interested in joining our board as Chair.

  • Location: Huddersfield
  • Salary: Unremunerated with reasonable expenses

About the role

Yorkshire Children’s Centre (YCC) is a person-centred charity based in Kirklees with a vision of a future where everyone has opportunities for a better life. Since 1974 we have been delivering services across West and South Yorkshire through themes of activity including Specialist Family Services, Education & Training, Early Intervention & Prevention, and Social Enterprise.

Our vision is a future where everyone has opportunities for a better life, underpinned by our values to be Inclusive, Empowering, Caring, Trusted and Approachable which are embedded in everything we do.

With services ranging from our Independent Alternative Provision school (Brian Jackson College), Child Contact Interventions, Domestic Abuse Prevention Programmes and Thriving Kirklees partnership through to our Community Connection services and programmes supporting older people and adults at risk; our services enabled us to support over 2400 people last year with diverse needs across our community.

YCC is now looking for a new Chair to take the organisation forward through the next phase of our strategic development.

Who we are looking for

We are looking for an inspiring, enthusiastic and collaborative leader with a passion for delivering positive change for young people and families.

Our Board is instrumental in ensuring we make a real impact for service users across West and South Yorkshire, while fulfilling all our obligations as a charity. This is a fantastic opportunity to drive strategic change, working with a recently appointed Chief Executive and committed and talented executive and wider staff team.

You will motivate and support our board members and help to create an environment fit to provide the highest quality of services for our service users; ensuring that they are at the heart of everything we do.

Our new Chair will work collaboratively with the Board of Trustees, Chief Executive and leadership team, and be a proactive representative and ambassador in the community, raising the profile of Yorkshire Children’s Centre and its family of services.

With strong commercial acumen and financial awareness, you will also have a proven ability to drive efficiency and performance, introduce innovative ideas and introduce potential sources of funding to secure existing and develop new service areas.

This is a brilliant opportunity to contribute to the future success of a community-centred charity that supports the diverse needs of its community and service users, ensuring that people from birth to older age are provided opportunities for a better life.

YCC is an equal opportunities employer and we are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We celebrate diversity and applications are actively encouraged from individuals from diverse backgrounds.

For further information about this role, please contact our advising consultant:

Lucy Mavers | 07047 935068 | lucy@peridotpartners.co.uk

Dominic Anderson | 07534 244 249 | dominic@peridotpartners.co.uk

Closing date for applications: 9am, Monday 22nd February 2021

If you would like to know more about this role please contact Lucy Mavers

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Welcome from Phil Longworth, Vice Chair (acting Chair)

Dear Candidate,

We are delighted that you are considering joining Yorkshire Children’s Centre as Chair of our Trustee Board at such an exciting and pivotal time for the charity.

Since 1974, National Children’s Centre, trading as Yorkshire Children’s Centre, has been delivering vital services to children and families across Yorkshire. Brian Jackson’s work has set in place a core set of values and activities that we live by as an organisation and our dedicated team of staff and volunteers are committed to providing excellent services to the diverse community of children and adults that we support. Our work spans Specialist Family Services, Education & Training, Early Intervention & Prevention and Social Enterprise.

This is an incredibly important time for YCC. With our new Chief Executive, Mark Farmer, we look to our future Chair to help drive the organisation forward to the next phase of our strategic development. We need an inspiring Chair to ensure that all parts of YCC benefit from exceptional leadership that reflects and motivates the commitment, energy and enthusiasm of our staff and volunteers.

We are seeking a collaborative Chair who can build on our strong relationships with key stakeholders, service users, statutory bodies, other Voluntary & Community organisations, local businesses, and the wider community – truly championing our values and acting as an outstanding ambassador for the charity.

Our outgoing Chair, Roger Bryant, has recently retired having dedicated many years of service to Yorkshire Children’s Centre. Roger has been instrumental in the success of YCC to date and will be truly missed, though we are now excited about the next chapter of our story and are open to the new possibilities that the next Chair brings.

We hope this pack inspires you to apply for this fantastic opportunity and thank you for your interest in becoming the new Chair of our Trustee board.

Best wishes,

Phil Longworth
Vice Chair (acting Chair)

About Yorkshire Children's Centre

National Children’s Centre, trading as Yorkshire Children’s Centre, is a registered charity, established in 1974, based in Kirklees and delivering services across South and West Yorkshire.

Our vision is a future where everyone has opportunities for a better life.

Our work is delivered through four themes of activity: Specialist Family Services, Education & Training, Early Intervention & Prevention, and Social Enterprise.

Specialist Family Services

We support families experiencing family breakdown and parental conflict. We work to promote collaboration and reduce conflict between separated parents regarding outcomes for children affected. We have Child Contact Centres and operate Domestic Abuse Perpetrator Programmes across both South and West Yorkshire.

We have been delivering DAPPs for over seven years and have established clear policies, procedures and systems during this time to support this work. Our delivery staff bring extensive experience of working within the field of domestic abuse and working with children, victims and perpetrators. Alongside our services delivered as part of the Big Lottery grant, staff have also worked with our CAFCASS (Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service – social workers advising family courts) referrals providing reports to court to help assess the perpetrators’ suitability for child contact and any risks this would pose.

Our Child Contact Centre work is accredited by National Association of Child Contact Centres, and our DAPP work is accredited by RESPECT.

Education & Training

Yorkshire Children’s Centre owns and manages Brian Jackson College delivering Key Stage 4 Alternative Provision (OFSTED registered as independent schools) across two sites both in Kirklees.

We educate young people who have been, or are at risk of, exclusion from mainstream education. Many have significant social, emotional and behavioural difficulties.

Brian Jackson College is OFSTED registered and judged as a ‘Good’ school.

Early Intervention & Prevention

We provide a range of preventative services for families and older people living in Kirklees, including:

  • Thriving Kirklees, delivering 0-19 Healthy Children Programme;
  • Hopeful Families, providing families with interventions to help them to progress into training and employment;
  • Community Connections aimed at reducing social isolation amongst the elderly and vulnerable adults in Kirklees;
  • Community Anchor – we are a Community Anchor for the Batley & Birstall area.

Social Enterprise

Our social enterprise activities include furniture recycling shop called ‘Pass It On’ which support the organisation’s charitable aims, and two community buildings – Brian Jackson House and Jo Cox House where we offer tenancies to compatible organisations and meeting rooms for hire.

Response to Covid-19

In line with government guidance, our community buildings and Pass It On shops were initially closed in March, with all buildings and the shop reopening at the beginning of June on a reduced basis. Brian Jackson College has remained partially open throughout and has continued to support and educate vulnerable pupils. The school fully reopened across both sites in June.

During the current lockdown period, we have again closed our Pass It On operation, as well as our two community buildings other than to essential users. Brian Jackson College remains fully open with a Covid-19 testing regime in place.

Our current grant funded services have remained in place and been redesigned to respond to lockdown and social distancing guidance. Some of these services such as our befriending service ‘Community Connections’ have seen a significant increase in demand for telephone befriending to help reduce social isolation and we are now supporting approx. 350 older people and vulnerable adults. At the beginning of July, we also re-started delivery of our Child Contact and Domestic Abuse Perpetrator Programme and have retained all contracts working closely with commissioners throughout. Our face to face delivery of Child Contact and DAPP is continuing in lockdown as a service permitted under the regulations.

In addition to our pre Covid-19 services, YCC has taken an active role with the Covid-19 Community Response in Kirklees and is now part of two new services:

  • We are a ‘Community Anchor’ organisation for the Batley/Birstall area coordinating and responding to local requests for support eg food parcels, medication delivery and working with volunteers or other much smaller organisations (including local food banks) to fulfil these requests for help. Funding to enable us to continue to support the local community as well as work with Primary Care Networks has been extended until 31st March 2021;
  • Working in partnership with Age UK Calderdale & Kirklees we have also launched a Kirklees Telephone Befriending service – this service provides trained and trusted volunteers to make regular telephone calls to vulnerable adults who are becoming increasingly isolated and builds on our Community Connections work and expertise with older people and vulnerable adults. The partnership currently has over 200 matched volunteers supporting vulnerable adults in Kirklees.

Our financial position has remained stable throughout the Covid-19 pandemic through close review of our operations and the receipt of some Covid-19 relief funding. YCC carries no debt and has sufficient reserves and cash to meet all requirements and programmes. Covid-19 has not led to suspension of delivery of the majority of our operations, allowing funding to continue to flow into the organisation.

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    YCC is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We celebrate diversity and applications are actively encouraged from individuals from diverse backgrounds.

    We wish to encourage applications regardless of race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, age or religion or belief. All applications will be considered solely on merit.

    Disabled applicants are invited to contact us in confidence at any point during the recruitment process, to discuss steps that can be taken to overcome any operational difficulties.


    Closing date: by 9am, Monday 22nd February 2021
    Shortlist review: Friday 26th February 2021
    Interviews: w/c Monday 1st March 2021

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