An Oswestry charity has appealed for new trustees to help oversee its work in helping people with life-changing physical disabilities lead independent lives.
The Ethos Group, based in Oswestry, provides transitionary housing and a support team of advisors to help its wheelchair user clients adapt to their injury or illness and find a permanent future home.
The charity, which was set up more than 25 years ago, runs three wheelchair friendly properties accommodating up to 10 clients at any one time. The clients work with a team of Ethos advisors to find new homes or make their previous homes suitable for their needs.
The charity has close links with the Midlands Centre for Spinal Injuries unit at the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Hospital but also takes clients from throughout the UK.
It has vacancies for two new trustees and is particularly looking for anyone with experience in IT, the social care sector or finance. It is offering the chance of a one-year appointment to the board for new trustees.
Chief executive Fae Dromgool said that Ethos recognised that work pressures and patterns had changed since the pandemic and that an open-ended commitment as a trustee might be difficult to maintain.
“So we have decided to offer a one-year appointment for new trustees with the opportunity to stay on after that if the trustee would like to,” said Fae.
“The board already has members from a variety of backgrounds which bring different perspectives and life experiences together to be used positively for the good of the charity and the ongoing work we are involved in.”
She said that the charity would particularly welcome people with expertise in IT, finance, social care and health to widen the board’s breadth of knowledge.
“However, these are not essential skills for a new trustee. We would love to hear from anyone who would like to play a part in the work that we do,” she said.
The trustee’s role takes up around two to three hours a month plus attendance at the bi-monthly virtual board meetings.
Further information about becoming a trustee for Ethos is available at https://ethoscharity.co.uk/about-ethos/become-a-trustee/ by emailing Ethos at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling on 01691 404359
Pictured: Ethos Group chief executive, Fae Dromgool.
Pictured: One of the three adapted bungalows operated by the Ethos Group.