Application deadline: 
Friday, 11 February, 2022 - 17:00
North East Child Poverty Trust

Did you know that around 11 children in every classroom in the North East is living in poverty? Shocked? Want to do something about it?

Join our charity as a Trustee, help us to change children’s experiences and work towards making child poverty a thing of the past.

We believe in:

  • Raising awareness and sharing our learning
  • Increasing knowledge of the causes, consequences, and solutions to child poverty
  • Working with delivery partners to tackle the causes and effects of poverty
  • Supporting and showcasing practical programmes which make a difference to children
  • Diversity, inclusion and equality and seek to reflect that in our work and Trustee membership

It’s an exciting time to join us as we support the roll out of community pop ups and holiday provision to new areas in the North of Tyne. This builds on successful work in Northumberland where young people have told us “It’s the best summer thing ever” and others that “It has enabled us to support families who are genuinely struggling with life…”

If you’re interested in finding out more then get in touch for an informal chat or send a short statement to tell us about yourself, why you’d like to join us and what you’d add to our work.

Who are we?

North East Child Poverty Trust (NECPT) is a registered charity which is concerned about child poverty in the region and, in particular, exists to promote solutions to child poverty through collaborative working.

The founder Trustees were members of the North East Child Poverty Commission (NECPC), a network of voluntary organisations, charities, and statutory bodies (in particular local authorities), which campaigns for changes to national and local policy to promote greater equality and an end to child poverty. NECPC and NECPT share information and objectives but are independent of each other seeking to complement their approaches and activities.

NECPT is entirely voluntarily run and works in partnership with local charities and Councils to secure grant aid for local projects which combat child poverty, promote community involvement, and directly engage children and young people in developing local action.

What have we done to date?

  • In 2017-18 NECPT jointly with Children North East received substantial National Lottery funding to promote and support summer holiday activity with a focus on so-called ‘holiday hunger’. Professor Greta Defeyter evaluated the programme and produced a detailed report on the positive impact of the programme on emotional health and wellbeing, as well as its physical heath benefits and positive social impact. The programme created a model for future holiday based activity and Professor Defeyter’s report was influential in Parliament and government in facilitating the introduction of pilots of summer programmes and eventually the Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programme introduced by the Department for Education. That programme will now receive £200M over the next three years starting April 2022 announced in the government’s Spending Review in October 2021.
  • In 2020-21 NECPT received £95,000 further Lottery funding to facilitate work in the Covid Recovery programme. This was led by Northumberland County Council and Leading Link, a Bedlington based charity with a prime focus on children and young people. Leading Link’s work during this programme celebrated Haloween in October 2020; delivered a ‘Remotely Xmas’ series of events, mostly digitally or as ‘pop up’ sessions, through schools across Northumberland; promoted the ‘Brightsiders in winter 2021 and a range of holiday activities at Easter. Over the period of six months several thousand children participated in activities through over 360 events; volunteer input was increased with some 230 contributions during the period and 65 partner organisations were engaged by the time the final activities took place.
  • For the three-year period 2021-2024 NECPT has a grant of £300,000 from the National Lottery Community Fund to support further programmes and support the extension of place-based provision for children and young people to maximise the impact on children and young people and their families. In the first year Northumberland County Council and Leading Link have developed further the young leaders’ programme to energise young peoples’ input into activities and their leadership experience and skills. The grant aid via NECPT complements the statutory funding provided by government through the Council so we can achieve more and better outcomes. It is hoped to extend the model and funding beyond Northumberland to other North of Tyne areas over the next two years.

Who do we want to recruit as a new Trustee?

We are looking to recruit someone who is passionate about tackling poverty in general, and child poverty in particular. We are looking to recruit a Trustee to bring their personal experience, knowledge and expertise, as well personal characteristics, to extend and complement the existing diversity on the Board.

As well as a commitment to the aims and objectives of the Trust, we are looking for individuals who have:

  • Attributes and qualities of independent judgment, constructive challenge, contribution to strategy development, understanding of risks and how to gain assurance about mitigation, commitment to developing values and standards and to equality, diversity and inclusion;
  • Experience, knowledge and expertise in areas vital to NECPT’s success in its mission;
  • Personal Competencies which demonstrate effective communication, community focus, partnership working, positive teamwork and leadership.

Trustees’ formal responsibilities are for:

  • The overall direction of the Trust and its policies and future strategy;
  • The accountability of the Trust to funders, partners and stakeholders;
  • Financial viability and management;
  • Effective governance arrangements including compliance with legal and regulatory obligations.


If you would like further information or a discussion prior to submitting an application please contact our current Chair, Jim Coulter via email (

Please see below for the recruitment details

  • Applicants should send a brief CV including a statement of why you wish to be considered for the role of Trustee.
  • We welcome applications from all parts of the region. Please note that CVs and supporting statements will be reviewed in confidence by Trustees as part of our selection process.
  • Completed applications should be returned to by 11 February
  • Interview dates: Preliminary discussions with the Chair will be via Zoom and interviews with the Trustee Panel will take place on 25 February. These will be face to face interviews assuming Covid restrictions do not prevent that.