Become a Trustee of Transition Homes CLT
Interested in joining us?
Please read the information below and the Trustee role description, and get in touch. We are holding two open events, of which we would encourage you to attend one:
- Weds June 28th, 7.30-9pm at Totnes Methodist Church
- Sat July 8th, 11.30am-1pm at Dartington Village Hall
We are looking for people who are committed to delivering affordable, sustainable housing for local people in housing need. You will live or work in Devon or Cornwall, and ideally within 30 miles of Totnes.
You don’t need to have expertise in the area of housing; however we are particularly keen to find Trustees with expertise in:
- Running voluntary organisations or charities, or not-for-profit companies
- Strategic financial management
If you feel you would benefit from additional support as a Trustee, we would be keen to discuss what we can offer (e.g. mentoring), and would be particularly interested in supporting young people to become a Trustee.
About the role
This is a voluntary unpaid role, although Trustees can claim relevant expenses. Trustees are expected to:
- undergo an initial induction process, and attend relevant training.
- attend a weekly 2 hour evening meeting in Totnes.
- be willing to take on specific actions to follow up from the meeting, e.g. making phone calls/emails, reviewing documents, undertaking discrete pieces of work.
- attend/participate in our events where possible (approximately one per quarter). This will enable you to meet beneficiaries and stakeholders, and support and promote the charity.
- comply with our statutory obligations as a Charity, and with our policies & procedures.
Additional optional responsibilities:
If you have specific skills e.g. in finance, you may consider additional responsibilities, e.g. as Treasurer.
If you have specific areas of interest/experience you could join one (or more) of the subgroups: communications, energy, allocations, finance, or design. This would involve occasional meetings (these vary from fortnightly to quarterly, and this will vary through different phases in the project delivery).
The existing Board
We are a dedicated group who meet regularly to progress our current housing scheme, and to explore potential new projects/collaborations. At present there are five Trustees (who are also company directors).
We are an equal opportunities organisation and would welcome applications from people of any age (over 18), background, religion, gender, orientation, or ethnic origin.
If you have any queries, please email or phone: Erica Lewis (Trustee) on 01803 867209 or Nicola Lang (project co-ordinator) on 01803 867358
About Transition Homes Community Land Trust
Transition Homes is a Community Land Trust, which is a non-profit organisation set up to deliver affordable housing and other community facilities. A group of volunteers based in the Totnes area established Transition Homes in response to the huge need for affordable housing in the local area (and across Devon and Cornwall) and to the environmental impact of conventional housing development. Transition Homes and is a Company Limited by Guarantee and Registered Charity.
Our first development at a site we call Clay Park, in Dartington, is for 27 terraced homes built with locally sourced and sustainably managed natural materials, with renewable energy generation, a community building, allotments, village green with play area, and the first community scale integrated composting toilet scheme in the UK. We are committed to delivering environmentally sustainable housing & facilities, and enabling people to live a more sustainable, low carbon lifestyle in a supportive community.
The scheme has been granted full planning permission by the local authority, and at present we are focussed on raising investment and detailed design work, to start on site in early 2018. We are also looking to strengthen the Board of Trustees and welcome new members to the CLT, at this critical but exciting time.
As a CLT we are committed to being community-led. CLTs are membership organisations, open to people from the local community to join and play an active part in the CLT, supporting and guiding its work.
Updates: 13th June 2017