Hextol Foundation seeking to recruit enthusiastic Trustees
A recent survey* suggests that people with learning disabilities may die younger than the general population due in part to social isolation and bullying. We aim to be part of changing that by providing work in a supported and encouraging environment.
The Hextol Foundation (www.hextol.org.uk) is a well-established Charity based in Hexham which currently provides working opportunities to around 60-70 people with learning disabilities and mental health needs. We do this by operating a suite of businesses, including: the Hextol Tans vegetarian café; a pack and post operation; catering; warehousing; gardening in Hexham and Newcastle; a handyman service; and internal admin and cleaning functions.
We believe that through work people develop new skills, grow in self-confidence and self-esteem, experience a reduction in social isolation and improve their mental and physical health. By enabling people to work we also aim to alter the negative perceptions of some parts of the population and thereby reduce stigma and bullying.
We operate as a social enterprise in that we charge a commercial rate for the services we provide, but we rely on fundraising to ensure we can maintain the infrastructure of the Charity.
We are seeking to recruit 2 Trustees to join the existing Board and to oversee the next stage of its development, which is likely to include expansion building on our existing service provision in Newcastle. Board meetings are normally held in Hexham on a quarterly basis.
Applications would be especially welcome from those with experience of: mental health issues; catering; and financ. Prior experience as a Trustee is not essential. Although based in Hexham applications are encouraged from throughout the area. The positions are voluntary, but travelling expenses would be reimbursed.
For further details please contact our CEO, Bruce Howorth, on 01434 605253, or email@example.com.