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Chair/Board Member


Job Location: Edinburgh

Time Commitment: Up to 10 hours per month

Home Link Family Support is a small, dynamic organisation, with a positive reputation, established in 1986.  It is a charity and company limited by guarantee with a turnover in excess of £300,000.  The Board has responsibility for the operational and strategic management of the organisation, to ensure it meets its aims and objectives and complies with legislation. 

HLFS provides a range of support and early intervention services to families who live in Edinburgh and Midlothian.  In the main, families have at least one child under 5, but may also have older children.  The core service is home visiting support delivered by volunteers or paid staff members.  We screen, train and support approximately 75 volunteers who are matched with families to provide practical, emotional and family learning support.   Currently, HFLS operates across the following areas:

  • Family Support Service – in Midlothian and Edinburgh
  • Antenatal Support Service – in Edinburgh
  • Midlothian Young Parents Support  Service

In addition, HLFS provides a unique therapeutic family counselling service in Midlothian in a partnership approach with other agencies delivering services within a specific school community area. 

The organisation has secured funding from Midlothian and Edinburgh Councils, the Big Lottery as well as charitable trusts and donors. 

About the role

HLFS has the opportunity to recruit a new Board Member with the skills, experience, motivation and enthusiasm to undertake the Role of Chair.  The Board is currently developing HLFS’ strategic objectives for the next 3 years, and the Chair will have responsibility for leading the Board and organisation to realise the strategy and support creative developmental opportunities, consistent with emerging national and local policy priorities.

The role requires a commitment of 10 hours per month, including activity common to all Board Trustees.  Board members are asked to give a minimum commitment of 3 years. 

The successful applicant will:

  • Plan for and chair Bi-monthly evening Board meetings and annual AGM.
  • Attend business meetings with HLFS’  manager
  • Participate in Board thematic subgroups and working groups
  • Undertake mandatory training
  • Give 4 -6 hours per month for home working on agreed projects

The successful applicant will be provided with:

  • Induction training
  • Access to ongoing training opportunities
  • Out of pocket expenses                 
  • Career development planning
  • Social events throughout the year.

NB.  This role is subject to 2 reference checks.

Full role description can be downloaded from the grey box at the base of this page

How to apply: contact Paula Swanston or Michele Milligan for more information and a recruitment pack

0131 661 0890   /