The Josephine and Jack Project is a small charity based in Newcastle upon Tyne. We work both regionally and nationally.
Josephine and Jack are two life-size, anatomically correct cloth figures who we use in workshops and 1:1work with adults and young people with learning disabilities, looking at health, well-being, sexual health, sexuality, relationships and safety in a fun and enjoyable way.
Although Josephine and Jack have been around for a long time, they’ve only been in their own charity since 2016. As the project has grown, we’ve developed new courses and ways of working and now have sufficient core funding to support a Chief Executive and a part-time administrator.
We also license out Josephine and Jack so they can be found all over the country. This is an area of work that we are looking to expand. You can see more about us on our website: www.JosephineandJackProject.co.uk.
We have three trustees at the moment but we’re looking for at least two more to support us in taking the work forward to its next exciting stage.
We’re quite open to suggestions about the sort of skills we’re looking for (although, like most small charities, we don’t feel we have enough strategic financial expertise or business development skills) but what we are clear about is that we’re looking for people who:
- “Get” what Josephine and Jack are about and what we’re trying to achieve
- Can act as strong advocates for the project
- Are well-networked – either regionally or nationally – particularly in the third sector and in sexual health/work with people with learning disabilities.
- Are comfortable with balancing support for our work and challenging us to do better.
The basic commitment would be for about 5 trustees’ meetings a year but all of our current trustees help and support us with specific projects/initiatives as well.
We’re very happy to hear from people who aren’t based in the North East as one of our existing trustees is already London-based and, with good use of technology, we are able to make it work.
For more details or to discuss the roles please contact Simon James: simon@JosephineandJackProject.co.uk.