Supporting people with Cri du Chat Syndrome and their families

Volunteer Committee Members Wanted

by Lucy Santos on 23 April 2015

The Cri du Chat Syndrome Support Group is managed by a committee and we are currently looking for new members to join us. We are urgently looking for replacements to step into both the Chair and Treasurer roles at the end of the current term and in addition require more ordinary committee members to ensure that YOUR Support Group can continue to evolve.

We have added the job descriptions below, just so you have an idea of what is involved. However what they don’t tell you is how much fun being on the committee actually is! So if you are at all interested in joining us and shaping the work that the group does please get in touch for more information. Or we can put you in touch with a current member.

The roles are all volunteer based but we pay reasonable expenses to attend meetings and there is always a good lunch at them.

If you are interested in any of these roles please contact office@criduchat.org.uk.


Committee Member of The Cri du Chat Syndrome Support Group (CDCSSG)

Function: Trustee on the Committee of a Registered Charity Aim: To represent the views of parents/carers with children or adults with Cri du Chat Syndrome and to ensure the good management and direction of the group.

Responsibilities:

  • To attend committee meetings (approximately 3-4 per year) as well as the AGM (where possible)
  • To contribute to the strategic direction of the organisation and to ensure that we make efficient use of resources
  • To ensure the organisation complies with its governing document and keeps within charity law
  • To communicate with the administrator and other committee members, via email, in between meetings

Time commitment: Approximately 3 hours per month plus committee meetings

Note: Committee meetings are usually held at The Holiday Inn, Milton Keynes on a Saturday between 11-3. Food is provided. Travel expenses will be met by the group. Attendance via Skype (or alternative) is possible but preference will be given to people who can attend in person.


Chair of The Cri du Chat Syndrome Support Group (CDCSSG)

Function: Trustee on the Committee of a Registered Charity Aim: To represent the views of parents/carers with children or adults with Cri du Chat Syndrome and to ensure the good management and direction of the group.

Responsibilities:

  • To attend committee meetings (approximately 3-4 per year) as well as the AGM
  • To plan and run meetings in accordance to the governing document and to ensure all matters are dealt with in an orderly, efficient manner.
  • To oversee the strategic direction of the organisation and to ensure that we make efficient use of resources
  • To facilitate change and address conflict within the committee
  • To plan for recruitment and renewal of the Management Committee
  • To ensure the organisation complies with its governing document and keeps within charity law
  • To directly line manage the Administrator

Time commitment: Approximately 5 hours per month plus committee meetings. As a committee member you will also be expected to contribute to email discussions and this may take another 5 hours per month.

Note: Committee meetings are usually held at The Holiday Inn, Milton Keynes on a Saturday between 11-3. Food is provided. Travel expenses will be met by the group. Attendance via Skype (or alternative) is possible but preference will be given to people who can attend in person.


Treasurer of The Cri du Chat Syndrome Support Group (CDCSSG)

Function: Trustee on the Committee of a Registered Charity. The overall role of the treasurer is to maintain an overview of the organisation’s financial affairs, ensuring its viability and ensuring that proper financial records and procedures are maintained. Aim: To represent the views of parents/carers with children or adults with Cri du Chat Syndrome and to ensure the good management and direction of the group.

Responsibilities:

  • To attend committee meetings (approximately 3-4 per year) as well as the AGM
  • To oversee and present budgets, accounts and financial statements
  • To ensure that appropriate accounting procedures and controls are in place working with the Chair and Administrator to establish procedures
  • To ensure compliance with relevant legislation
  • To ensure accounts meet the conditions of contractual agreements with external agencies such as funders
  • To process and record income and expenditure
  • To present financial reports to the committee
  • To prepare the end of year accounts and arrange for them to be independently audited
  • To make a presentation of accounts at the AGM
  • To advise on the organisation’s reserve policy and investment policy

Time commitment: Approximately 4 hours per month plus committee meetings. As a committee member you will also be expected to contribute to email discussions and this may take another 5 hours per month.

Note: Committee meetings are usually held at The Holiday Inn, Milton Keynes on a Saturday between 11-3. Food is provided. Travel expenses will be met by the group. Attendance via Skype (or alternative) is possible but preference will be given to people who can attend in person.