Trustee – Homelessness Experience

Location: Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Milton Keynes

Closing date: 30/05/2024

Salary: No remuneration

Application ref: 71747

At Connection Support, our team of over 200 staff members and over 150 active volunteers work alongside people to overcome life’s challenges.  We do this through our values of empowerment, collaboration, compassion and taking a personalised approach in all aspects of our work.

Our approach focuses on the individual and aims to help people take control of their situation by building confidence, exploring resources and developing skills. So that people who are facing significant challenges can overcome them, achieve independence, live safe and fulfilling lives and be active and valued members of the communities in which they live.

Our homeless prevention and relief services continue to grow as the need in society grows. And we continue to have impactful services across a range of geographies and need, and this role will support our successful, expanding operations and our strategic priorities in this area of our work.

About the role.

The trustee will support the CEO and wider senior team with advice and guidance specifically related to:

  • Managing existing projects.
  • Maintaining good relationships with relevant agencies and potential partners.
  • Advising on requirements when considering bids and contracts regarding homelessness services (including homelessness prevention).
  • Guiding the board on addressing societal needs and advising on potential strategies that support Connection Support to grow in the sector.
  • Identifying ways in which Connection Support can engage key stakeholders to grow our reputation and services in this area.

About you.

Our ideal Trustee will be passionate and motivated by the impact they can have by being part of Connection Support, and their personal values will align with ours. We would also like you to have the following expertise:

  • Experience of Homelessness, as a service user, volunteer or employee.
  • A strong and robust reputation that would raise no doubts in the minds of stakeholders, funders or clients.
  • Strong and well-developed networks in Homelessness sector.
  • Knowledge or awareness of homelessness projects and interventions.
  • An instinctive, informed and up to date knowledge of the key issues impacting people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness – perhaps even as a ‘thought leader.’
  • Expert, up-to-date knowledge of homelessness legislation, policy and practice.
  • Experience in applying relevant policy and procedures.

Previous board/Trustee experience is not necessary as we provide a full induction, and we pair each new Trustee with an experienced mentor. A number of training opportunities are circulated to Board members.

To apply.

Please submit the following documents to

  • A cover letter (maximum two pages) outlining your motivation to join Connection Support, your suitability for the role, and how your skills match the description outlined above.
  • A CV setting out your career history, with key responsibilities and achievements.
  • Two professional references (only contacted with prior consent)).

Interviews to be held on a rolling basis, so we encourage you to apply as soon as possible.

We reserve the right to close this advertisement early.

If you are interested in finding out more about the opportunity and would like to discuss the role informally, please email our Chief Executive, Chris Keating, at or our Chair of Trustees, Richard Allman, at

Or you can download our Board of Trustees Recruitment Pack below.

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