Mar 032019

Trustee - Sight Support Derbyshire (SSD)

Sight Support Derbyshire (SSD) has been in existence since 1914 and was originally set up to support blind children and young people across Derbyshire.

With the onset of the First World War the organisation went on to provide essential services for soldiers returning from war who had experienced sight loss.

It is a company limited by guarantee and a registered charity. Its aim is to enhance the quality of life of people who live with visual impairment by providing a range of high quality, person centered services throughout Derbyshire.

SSD has 29 staff, 100 volunteers and an annual turnover approaching a million pounds a year. The Board of the Trustees has the legal responsibility for the organisation and its work. They decide the strategic direction and major policy and financial issues and employ staff who undertake the day-to-day work.

Our Current Services

We currently operate a range of services across Derbyshire. Some of the services are funded by statutory organisations (such as the local authority) others are from grants (such as the National Lottery) and as a registered charity a large portion of what we do is from our own fundraising.

Our services include: hospital services; visually impaired peoples information programme; rehabilitation services; home support service; mobile resource centre; sports and leisure activities; resource centers; children and young people's service.

The Role of a Charity Trustee.

Our Trustees are responsible for controlling SSD governance. They are responsible for ensuring that the charity's resources are used for the purposes set out in our governing document (constitution) and for no other purpose. Trustees have a responsibility to act reasonably and prudently in all matters relating to the charity, and have a responsibility to act in the best interests of the organisation.

Above all, our trustees need to work together as a team to ensure the charity is run effectively and efficiently.

We are always keen to recruit trustees who can bring new skills to the board. Meetings for trustees are held approximately six times per year near SSD main offices in Derby and usually in the afternoons (2-4.00pm).
In addition we hold a number of organisational events throughout the year, often connected to our fundraising and volunteer functions and Trustee participation is encouraged.

The main tasks of a Trustee are:

  • To read the board papers
  • To attend the board meetings and play an active role in strategic decision making
  • To undertake action in support of board decisions as requested
  • To contribute areas of particular expertise and skill
  • To maintain confidentiality on all issues

Trustees are volunteers, but travel costs and reasonable expenses will be reimbursed.

What to do next if you are interested in becoming a Trustee.

We recognise that becoming a trustee can be demanding but we believe that it is also worthwhile. It provides an opportunity for you to share and build your skills, experience and knowledge and to contribute to the wellbeing of the community.

If you are interested in finding out more about becoming a trustee for Sight Support Derbyshire then you can contact Claire Winfield, Chief Executive. We can send you an application pack and/or arrange for you to attend meetings as an observer and to meet and talk to our current trustees.

Sight Support Derbyshire Suite 2.2 - 2.10, 2nd Floor, Litchurch Plaza, Litchurch Lane, Derby, DE24 8AA.
Tel: 01332 292262 E-mail:

Contact Telephone Number: 01332 292262
Contact Name: Claire Winfield
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