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Governors x4 | Rossie Young People’s Trust

The award-winning Rossie Young People's Trust is looking for Governors at a highly interesting point of their journey as they develop a new strategy and business plan to help even more young people get the outcomes and support they deserve.

  • Location: Circa 10 meetings a year (can be done remotely)
  • Salary: Unremunerated (reasonable expenses paid)

About the role

Rossie is an award-winning registered Scottish charity, dating back to 1857. We are one of the UK’s longest established providers of children’s services. We are located on 150 acres of extensive mature grounds and woodlands in the east coast of Scotland. We have 160 staff and have the capacity to support 32 young people at a time.

We are a learning organisation and are committed to ongoing development, improvement and innovation. Our aim is to protect and improve the wellbeing of young people in our care by maximising their potential and resilience and easing their transition back into their communities.

We work with young people, aged 10-18 years old, who have been exposed to multiple adverse childhood experiences resulting in many complex needs and vulnerabilities. We understand that when children are exposed to adverse and stressful life events, these can have a long-lasting impact on their ability to think, learn, develop, and interact with others. We help young people deal with these traumatic events by providing age appropriate and relevant care, education, health, and therapeutic interventions.

Who we are looking for

We are committed to being an effective, efficient, economically viable and sustainable organisation. You will be joining us at an highly interesting point of our journey as we are currently developing a new strategy and business plan to enhance and expand the services we provide so that we can help even more young people get the outcomes and support they deserve.

Our board has recently done a skills audit and would especially benefit from Governors with skills and experiences in the following areas: Business Development (ideally within the public or third sector), Managing IT and Risk at a strategic level, HR, legal and marketing. Whilst these skills are highly important, we are open to other skills and experiences if you can show a clear enthusiasm and commitment.

Our board would benefit from greater age diversity and so we would like to encourage younger people and first-time Governors to consider this opportunity.

If you are interested in helping young people unlock their full potential, please get in touch with our advising consultants at Peridot.

Bill Yuksel | 07801 897063 | Bill@peridotpartners.co.uk

Lucy Mavers | 07947 935068 | Lucy@peridotpartners.co.uk

If you would like to know more about this role please contact Bill Yuksel

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Welcome from Chair, Carole Richardson

Dear Candidate,

I’m the Chair of the Board of Rossie Young Peoples Trust. My involvement with Rossie started 10 years ago and I have been Chair for the past five years. Latterly, I worked in local government where part of my remit involved homeless young people so I was aware of a lot of the difficulties that vulnerable young people faced. I was also a panel member and panel practice advisor for Children’s Hearings Scotland. The move to the board was a natural step to take.

All board members are very active and committed to Rossie. In my time here I don’t know of a single board member who has left because it wasn’t for them. Similarly, we have a very high staff retention rate which is currently running at 92%.

However, boards work best when they welcome new people with fresh ideas into the team. Full information about what we do and who we hope to attract is given below so I won’t duplicate except to say your enthusiasm and commitment are essential.

I feel proud and privileged to be part of this great organisation. It’s great to know that you are investing in everyone’s future by helping these young people to move forward into their rightful place in society.

If you would like to have an informal chat please do not hesitate to contact me on 01674 820204  | 07854 145138.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Carole Richardson

About Rossie

We are a child centred organisation and our work is relationship-focused. We deliver all our services in a safe and nurturing environment where our young people can grow, develop and thrive, at their own pace.

We ensure our young people are at the heart of decision making about their care and future so they can achieve positive outcomes. We provide a diverse range of services to our young people 365 days a year, and these are delivered through multi-disciplinary staff teams. We invest heavily in staff training and development to ensure staff are trauma-informed. This means they are competent in helping our young people deal with their early life adversity and supporting their positive change. We also work closely and collaboratively with key external professional community based partners in the best interests of our young people.

As an organisation, our location is unique and we have the benefit of 150 acres of extensive mature grounds and woodlands. We maximise this asset for outdoor learning, health and wellbeing and therapeutic purposes.

We are committed to being an effective, efficient, economically viable and sustainable organisation. Any and all income generated through our services is reinvested back into the organisation to improve and enhance the services provided to all young people, families/carers, commissioners and key stakeholders.


Secure care

Our Secure Accommodation is divided into three houses, accommodating up to six young people per house. It is a place of safety and security for vulnerable young people who find themselves in an unsafe world. Each young person is supported – in all aspects of their time here – by a group of experienced workers named the ‘Team Around the Child’. This team works with the young person to achieve the best outcomes for them.

Residential care

Our residential homes which we have named Annan and Esk, provide ‘close support’ meaning they provide more support than traditional care homes. Forth House, our third residence is a traditional family style house which helps towards independence. The young people in this house still require support, but have come through secure care and/or residential care.

Specialist intervention services

Interventions are flexible, adapted to young people’s circumstances, including gender, and delivered with reference to young people’s level of motivation, pace of learning and learning style. All manualised interventions are subject to baseline assessment (T1) of existing skills, attitudes or feelings and on completion (T2). Engagement, completion rates and outcomes are monitored and evaluated using a variety of tooling. Modules can be delivered in sequence or can stand alone.


From the moment the young person arrives at Rossie, to when they leave and beyond, the Throughcare team are there to support them. Our Throughcare specialist and the rest of the team are passionate about giving our young people the best possible chance to make good decisions in the future. Once the young person’s time at Rossie is complete, the support doesn’t stop there.

Education & Employability Skills

The Journey through Education at Rossie aims to re-engage young people in learning, promote achievement and attainment as well as developing skills for learning, life and work.

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    If you would like an informal conversation about the role you can contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

    Bill Yuksel | bill@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07801 897063 

    Lucy Mavers | lucy@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07947 935068

    To apply, please submit a CV and a supporting statement (a maximum of two sides of A4). The supporting statement should clearly outline your suitability against the essential criteria in the person specification with an explanation why the role is of interest and relevant to you.

    Please ensure that your application is emailed to response@peridotpartners.co.uk inserting “Rossie – Governor” into the subject field.

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    Rossie 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: 9am, Monday 7th December 2020
    Shortlisting: Friday 11th December
    Informal tour or Zoom call with Rossie: w/c Monday 14th December
    Trustee recommendations put forward: By Friday 18th December

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    We treat all job applicants equally and fairly and do not unlawfully discriminate against them. We do this by ensuring that we operate an open and fair recruitment process, and making decisions using selection criteria which do not discriminate. We will take every possible step to ensure that employees and volunteers are treated fairly, with the aim of creating a culture that respects and values each others’ differences, that is free of discrimination and promotes dignity, equality and diversity.

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