Henshaws Trustee

Henshaws Manchester and Yorkshire

This is a voluntary role and as such is unpaid, however reasonable expenses are reimbursed.

Apply by completing Online Trustee Application form or download application form and email to recruitment@henshaws.org.uk


Charity Trustee

‘I know that without the support of Henshaws throughout my life I wouldn’t be the confident, independent person that I am today.’  Tom, Henshaws Ambassador and Service user.

Founded in 1837, Henshaws is a northern charity supporting people living with sight loss and a range of other disabilities to go beyond expectations.

We believe that, wherever they are, everyone has the right to an independent and fulfilling life. Our support, advice and training enables people and their families to build skills, develop confidence, help each other and look forward to a more positive future.

We are currently seeking additional Trustees to oversee the implementation of Henshaws strategic plan and add value and expert advice to the senior leadership team. 

What we are looking for:

  • A willingness to devote the necessary time and effort. Whilst Covid-19 has taught us that much of our work and meetings can be done online and gives greater scope for how people can get involved, we still feel there is a value in face to face work and would be looking for commitment to attending twice yearly Trustee Board meeting in the north of the UK and other necessary meetings that might arise.
  • Have strategic vision and be able to understand and assess risks
  • Have good, independent judgement.
  • Have an ability to think creatively.
  • Be willing and able to express your views and opinions
  • Understand and accept the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship.
  • Be able to work effectively as a member of a team and to maintain good working relations.
  • Adhere to the Henshaws six key values, Informed, Sharing, Proactive, Inspiring, Compassionate and Empowering.
  • Knowledge or experience of physical or learning disabilities is desirable but not essential.

Experience of health and social care and an understanding of CQC regulations, and digital commercial expertise are two particular requirements to complement the experience of our current trustees but we would also be interested to hear from all applicants who share our values and can bring additional skills and expertise to support the charity to deliver its charitable purpose.

We’re keen to ensure our board is diverse in every way and we’re committed to ensuring our Trustees reflect our society, our charity and the people we support. We welcome applications from people with a visual impairment or other disability, their families and carers.

Becoming a trustee is a fantastic way to contribute to the life changing work we do. It’s a role which will give back just as much as you put in and often much, much more.   It will provide a wealth of skills and connections to support career and personal development whilst playing an integral part of a well-respected highly valued charity.

This is a voluntary role and as such is unpaid, however reasonable expenses are reimbursed.

To gain a full understanding of the role and to apply please contact Anna Lodge, People Director on 01423 814510 or anna.lodge@henshaws.org.uk

Registered Charity No: 221888

Member of Henshaws Trustee Application Form (1)

  • Section A

  • About You

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  • Your Experience

  • Your Referees

    Appointment to the role of trustee is subject to two satisfactory references, Please provide details of suitable referees. References must be known to you in a professional capacity - family members and close personal friends are not appropriate.
  • Rehabilitation of Offenders and DBS checks

    Due to the services offered by Henshaws, you will be required to complete an enhanced DBS check with including a check of the section 128 direction. Due to the nature of the work undertaken by Henshaws under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 it is lawful to ask questions about spent convictions. The provision for this is set out in the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975, as amended (the “Exceptions Order”).


    Henshaws holds information relating to you which is subject to the Data Protection Act 1998. By signing this agreement you consent to Henshaws processing, both manually and by electronic means, your personal and sensitive personal data for the purposes of the administration and management of the work you perform and/or Henshaws’ business. “Processing” includes obtaining, recording, holding or disclosing information or data and carrying out operations on the information or data. “Sensitive personal data” includes information held by Henshaws as to your physical or mental health, your political opinions, religious or similar beliefs, sexual orientation. Typical examples of items of sensitive personal data are SSP self-certification forms and medical reports. I declare that the information given in this form is, to the best of my knowledge, complete and correct; I also understand that any wilful mis-statement renders me liable to dismissal if engaged.
  • Equal Opportunities Form

    To meet our professional commitment to Equality and Diversity at Henshaws, we require certain information from employees. This information is for monitoring purposes only. It will be stored securely in line with the Data Protection Act 1998
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    Do you consider yourself to be disabled as defined under the Disability Discrimination Act? Or do you have a long standing (at least 12 months) physical or mental health condition or disability? Does your condition or disability have a substantial negative effect on your ability to carry out normal day to day activities? E.g. Walking, communicating, reading and writing.