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Trustee | ScotsCare

Join the board of a charity with a 400-year-old history of supporting disadvantaged Scots in London. If you have a background in social care and welfare, we would love to hear from you.

  • Location: London (currently virtual meetings)
  • Salary: Unremunerated (with reasonable expenses)

About the role

ScotsCare has provided support to Scots and their families in London for over 400 years and continues to thrive to deliver our mission of life-changing support for children, families, young people, and the elderly. We are a modern organisation aiming to break the cycle of poverty and deprivation experienced by thousands of Scots in the capital through a mixture of support that evolves according to the needs of our beneficiaries. This includes financial grants, advocacy support, counselling, career coaching, sheltered housing, support for families, volunteering and social events.

The need for our support has never been greater, especially with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. We have continued to assist Scots and their families in need of emotional, financial, and practical assistance, with most of our beneficiaries having support needs over and above purely financial. Many are socially excluded, facing a combination of linked problems such as unemployment, discrimination, poor skills, low incomes, poor housing in areas of high crime, bad health and family breakdown.

The challenges our clients experience are linked and mutually reinforcing, creating a vicious cycle in people’s lives. We work to break this cycle and adopt a holistic and needs led assessment process, either to direct services or referral to the required specialist help. In 2019-20 we helped 1,176 beneficiaries, including 452 children, awarding 1,076 grants.

Our current 2019-2022 strategy is underway and we are focusing on the following strands of our business strategy. We want to ensure that high-quality support continues to be at the heart of everything we do, we want to raise our profile and reach new beneficiaries, continue to manage our finances and properties accordingly, embark on new partnerships, expand our volunteer programme, ensure good governance and continue to be the best we can be.

Who we are looking for

We are looking to increase the professional experience of our trustee group in the areas of social care and welfare, in particular children and families. We seek a new trustee with experience of coordinating and developing services in local authorities, charity, mental health and/or housing sectors.

We are keen to hear from a diverse range of applicants from different ages and backgrounds, all passionate about our mission. The term of office is three years, and the board meets quarterly, usually on the second Wednesday of January; April; July and October in the evenings. Our hope is for the new trustee to Chair the Welfare Sub-Committee later in the year and so we expect the time commitment to be up to one day a month.

If you would enjoy the chance to offer strategic leadership, working closely with fellow trustees and the senior management team, please contact our advising consultant at Peridot Partners:

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

Closing date: 9am, Monday 15th March 2021

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About ScotsCare

Our Vision

Our vision is an end to the cycle of deprivation experienced by Scots and their families living within a 35-mile radius of Charing Cross.

Our Purpose

Our purpose is to provide financial, practical, and emotional support to Scots and their families in London.

Our Values

Our values are that we are a caring, progressive, and effective organisation.



To provide a high-quality of support to Scots and their families.


Listening to the needs of our beneficiaries and responding to that need in a way that breaks the cycle of deprivation.


Good governance, partnership working and investment in our people is key to our success.

Our Support Services

We aim to provide all our clients with:

  • access to our helpline and walk-in as the first point of contact;
  • individual assessment of need and benefits check;
  • budgeting advice and debt referral if appropriate;
  • financial grants to purchase household items;
  • signposting to health and substance misuse services;
  • housing advice; and,
  • access to volunteering opportunities.

Children and families with:

  • job coaching and grants for training;
  • volunteer befrienders;
  • access to a programme of annual social events;
  • access to our volunteering opportunities;
  • children’s clothing and activity grants; and,
  • children’s and family’s activity holidays.

Older people with:

  • assessment of need for ScotsCare’s sheltered housing;
  • programme of annual social events;
  • volunteer befrienders; and,
  • volunteer tech buddy programme.

Working age adults with:

  • grants for training or study; and,
  • job coaching.

Scots in London

Our current definition of Scots in London is people living within a radius of 35 miles of Charing Cross:

  • who were born in Scotland or;
  • persons one of whose parents in each case was born in Scotland or;
  • is the spouse, widow, or widower* of a person born in Scotland; and
  • survivors of civil partnerships of persons who were born in Scotland*

*subject to a review of our Charter

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    Please download the Trustee – Job Description and Person Specification and fill out this Equality Monitoring Form

    To arrange a confidential chat, please contact our executive search adviser at Peridot Partners:

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

    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 “TrusteeScotsCare” into the subject field.

    We will send an acknowledgement email within three working days from receipt. If you have not received a response, please check your application has been received by contacting:

    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.


    Please take note of the interview dates and please let us know if any dates are difficult for you:

    Closing date: 9am, Monday 15th March 2021
    Candidates informed of outcome: w/c Monday 22nd March 2021
    Interviews: w/c Monday 29th March 2021

    Equal Opportunities Monitoring

    Peridot and ScotsCare are committed to promoting equality, diversity and inclusion. To help us raise awareness and support a culture that is diverse, inclusive, and recognises and develops the potential of all, we need to appreciate the profile of candidates who apply for positions. We would therefore be most grateful if you would complete equality monitoring form.

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