Focussed on relieving poverty and suffering, Start Up Stirling offers the local community more than a foodbank. It offers a lifeline to people who would otherwise go hungry, cold or fall into debt.
This can happen to anyone—and more often than you would imagine. Just over 12% of people in Stirling live in a household suffering from income deprivation (Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD 2016). The pandemic has only exacerbated this situation and the need for crisis goods, yet this has been met with difficulties placed on Start Up Stirling’s amazing bank of volunteers.
45% of the charity’s volunteers are over 70 or with health problems putting them at particular risk.
The charity, with the support of the local authority, have been able to respond to this by changing the foodbank to a delivery only service with appropriate social distancing to protect staff, volunteers and clients.
They are now looking for a new Trustee to act as Treasurer and provide support and advice to the staff team and Board.
Start Up Stirling would not be the organisation it is without the leadership of its Board of Trustees. If you are passionate about this cause, can add your finance and/or accountancy skills to strengthen the organisation and are looking for a fulfilling role that truly makes a difference, then we would love to hear from you.
Please contact BTA for more information.
Closing Date: Midday, Thursday 12th November
Start Up Stirling was set up in 1994 and on its 25th anniversary last year was named the Provost’s Charity of the Year in recognition of the invaluable service it has provided to the city and to Stirlingshire.
The organisation is established as a Christian, interdenominational body with the key objective of the prevention of poverty and the relief of suffering and distress by providing household goods, befriending support and crisis food for those who have need of such facilities by virtue of their youth, age, ethnicity, infirmity, disability, special needs, poverty, homelessness, domestic abuse, unemployment or social and economic circumstances.
It started off with the key task of assisting local homeless people by providing packs of basic household items, cleaning items and non-perishable food as they started off a tenancy and was originally founded by a group of local churches where volunteers collected items and provided them to homeless people.
Since then services have grown in line with the increasing need. There are 3 key services
• Start Up Foodbanks
• Start Up Helper Packs
• Start Up Support
Ongoing rising costs, particularly of food and domestic fuel, have an acute effect on low income households. People in rural areas typically need to spend between 10% and 20% more on everyday requirements than those in urban areas. The more remote the area, the greater are these additional costs.
This accounts for 11,000 people across the area, of which:
• Almost one fifth of whom live outside the south-east urban area (Stirling city)
• 2,500 currently live in areas described as very income deprived nationally
• Raploch (Stirling) is an area of deep-rooted deprivation and has been consistently among the 5% most deprived areas in Scotland since SIMD 2004.
• Over 200 households are homeless or in temporary accommodation at any one time in Stirlingshire
• 9,500 people suffer income deprivation who live in areas not currently recognised as income deprived.
The full impact of Covid 19 is yet to be felt but the charity knows that the demand for its services will be more pressing than ever moving forward.
The Board of Trustees is preparing itself for the challenges ahead. A decision has been made to appoint a new General Manager to lead the staff team of 6. The Board has also recently recruited some new Trustees and currently has 8. The key task now is to find a Trustee with strong financial or accountancy acumen to act as Treasurer. This role will be key to supporting the staff team to ensure strong financial management and to advise the Board on finance matters. The Treasurer would produce a report for Board meetings which are currently monthly. Currently the Interim Treasurer is also supporting bank reconciliation and the processing of invoicing but it is expected this function will be handed to the incoming General Manager.
If you are looking for a voluntary role with meaning and wish to support your local community, then this could be the rewarding opportunity you are looking for to support a fantastic, well regarded and much needed charity.
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 01786 542 224 to request an information pack, full job description and person specification.
You are advised to get in touch well in advance of the closing date to give us time to consider your application and pre-interview the strongest applicants.
Closing Date: Midday, Thursday 12th November
This search is being conducted exclusively for the Start Up Stirling by BTA (Bruce Tait Associates). Our leadership team has all worked in the voluntary sector and we use this experience to match organisations and individuals to create great appointments.