Seeking enthusiastic and experienced people to join our Board of Directors!

Arts for Recovery in the Community (Arc) is an award-winning charity, which uses the arts and creativity to help people become resilient, healthy and active citizens. We are seeking charity trustees!

At Arc we understand how creativity can promote good mental health and wellbeing – and we do this through:

At the heart of everything we do is a commitment to supporting people who may be particularly vulnerable, through high quality socially engaged arts experiences and programmes.

We are recruiting Directors (*Trustees) to sit on our Board to help us achieve our vision and govern the charity. Being a trustee is voluntary and as such is unpaid. Arc welcomes a diversity of backgrounds, experience and interests.

( *Trustee is a legal term and trustees are often responsible for managing money or assets in trust for someone else. Charity trustees are accountable to the Charity Commission and are the people who share ultimate responsibility for governing the charity and directing how it is managed and run. As Arc is also a limited company, we call our Trustees, ‘Directors’. )

Moving to new premises earlier in the year into the Hat Works building, Wellington Mill, gave us the opportunity to build on and develop our cultural hub and offer a more extensive programme of arts for wellbeing and mental health, cafe space, gallery and group work in our studios. With this move and changes came an opportunity to develop new staff roles and review our current structure. Adjusting to Covid-19 and lockdown has meant rapid adaptation and a shift of some of our priorities and now we are operating a blended model of some face-to-face group work alongside an extensive offer of remote and online creative projects. We will continue to adapt and change the way we work and our offer to comply with necessary restrictions and meet the needs of those accessing our services.

Currently we have 6 Directors and as we continue to grow and adapt to this ‘new’ normal we are seeking new Directors to join our dynamic and experienced Board of Directors.

We are open to and would welcome applications from a wide range of backgrounds and in particular applicants with recent experience (or a background) in Human Resources, Mental Health, Finance and Business.

CONNECT: being a Director is all about collective responsibility and representing the wants and needs of our stakeholders when making important decisions for the charity. We’re a team within the Arc family of staff, volunteers and people who benefit from our existence.

BE ACTIVE: We meet about six times a year for Board meetings and six times a year for each of the three sub-committees. As well as offering a varied public programme of activities, there are plenty of opportunities to be active in the different aspects of the charity.

LEARN: Directors have a unique role within charities. You can learn new skills and have experiences of leadership, being an employer, marketing, finance and building strategic relationships, as well as different approaches to mental wellness and recovery.

TAKE NOTICE: So are you excited to join or curious but would like to know more? Feel free to get in touch and we’ll answer any questions you may have.

Please email for general enquiries and if you wish to pass on your contact details to the Chair to have an informal discussion before you apply as charity trustee.

Application process and important dates for your diary

Being a trustee is voluntary and as such is unpaid.

Closing date for applications: none, ongoing.

Role description: click here to download a PDF copy of the role description.

Application form: click here to download a WORD version of the application form

Successfully shortlisted applicants will be invited to informal interview.

Applicants for consideration will be invited to the next Board meeting to observe the meeting and meet the Directors. Meetings are every other month on a Thursday from 6pm-8pm.

Formal appointment subject to acceptable references and DBS check. If successful, applications for consideration will be formally appointed by the Board.

Directors will be encouraged to give a short informal presentation of their interest and background on joining the Board, and will also be asked to join the relevant charity trustee sub-committee.

Normally we would invite you to visit the Arc Centre to meet some of the team.

Due to the current Covid-19 situation, we are following government guidelines and have temporarily closed the centre. However we are still supporting a large number of our clients. Our dedicated staff team are making full use of technology, including our online creative projects website