Care Nest Plymouth CIC: Non-executive Director Recruitment Call-Out

Care Nest Plymouth

ROLE
Non-executive Director of Care Nest Plymouth CIC (3 roles available)

SALARY
Unpaid / reasonable expenses covered

COMMITMENT
Maximum of 1 x 2 hour in-person board meeting per month (held in circle), with
opportunities* to volunteer additional time to support the organisation’s growth (* this is
not an expectation)

LOCATION
Office 35, Genesis Building, 235 Union Street, PL1 3HN

ABOUT CARE NEST
We are a socially purposed organisation delivering wellbeing activities that help build
stronger, healthier, happier lives and relationships for people and communities in
Plymouth.

Our vision is of ‘a kinder, slower, quieter world in which our relationships can recover’.
We try to achieve this by delivering activities that:
i.) create safe and welcoming spaces for all e.g. people of different ethnicities, cultures,
religious beliefs, gender-identities, sexual orientation, ages (18+), abilities and
challenges (invisible/visible) etc.
ii.) cater for diverse groups (open and closed) through the facilitation of circle work, in
which all participants sit together to share and be heard as equals
iii.) facilitate learning around self-care and relational wellbeing
iv.) teach skills in mindfulness, active listening, reflective thinking, effective
communication, and relationship building

Please visit www.carenestplymouth.org where you can watch a couple videos (‘About
Us’ and ‘Participant Testimonials’) that provide further insights into our delivery.
We first formed in Dec 2018 and survived the various challenges of covid by using
these early years to focus on building a strong organisational foundation. Since 2022,
we have experienced consistent and substantial growth, and are currently in a stable
position with our delivery programme set to continue growing throughout 2024. We
recently moved into a larger space in Millfields Trust’s Genesis Building, where we’re
positioned on the top floor with a stunning view looking out over the city; within a warm,
well sound-proofed, and fully accessible building.
Our current board is made up of Helen Williams (Founding Director), Jon Nash
(Executive Director), and Jo Loyn (Executive Director) who are all currently engaged in
additional facilitative roles (on a self-employed basis) supporting the day-to-day
operations of Care Nest. The work of this small team is supported by our Supervisor –
Tanmayo Murray-Clark (ex Non-Executive Director) and the most recent addition to our
team – Michelle Kimber – who provides administrative support. Since early 2023, we
have also brought in a small number of freelance facilitators who deliver additional
activities as part of our overall delivery.
Since first forming, we’ve held every board meeting in circle, hosted by Helen (Founding
Director). Circle work is one of the main activities we deliver as part of our services, and
is a well established form of group process that uses particular practices and principles
to support a group as they engage in dialogue relating to any topic or challenge.

OPPORTUNITY
Care Nest is set to continue growing throughout 2024 and beyond, and as part of these
plans we are looking to:
i.) move into larger premises, with a view to operating within our own building by 2029
ii.) grow our team of Directors, Facilitators, and Volunteers
iii.) establish a steering group made of members with lived experience relevant to our
work so that we can ensure our delivery consistently meets the needs and interests of
those we serve
iv.) serve a much larger diversity (of ethnicities, cultures, religious beliefs,
gender-identities, sexual orientation, ages (18+), abilities and challenges
[invisible/visible] etc.) of people and communities across Plymouth
Committing to a Non-Executive Director role with Care Nest at this particular time would
provide opportunities to :
* join a small-and-mighty board of Directors who are well established and confident in
their roles, relationships, and the day-to-day running of the organisation
* be exposed to a wide range of skills needed to oversee a CIC
* be part of this exciting period of organisational growth and development
* give back to your community by volunteering your skills, time, attention, and wisdom to
a worthy cause
* boost your career and strengthen your CV
* access our community wellbeing activities (e.g. community circle, mindfulness classes,
quiet resting space) free-of-charge

WHO WE ARE SEEKING
We have 3 Non-Executive Director roles available, and 5 clear priorities that
characterise the type of people we are looking to fill these roles, as individuals who:
1. wholeheartedly connect with our values
2. are well connected within or across the sectors of community, wellbeing, education,
arts, health, or business
3. have strong capacities to think, work, and plan strategically whilst being able to adapt
well to change and act responsively and creatively to what arises
4. can communicate clearly and effectively
5. hold skills and expertise relevant to organisational development, particularly in
relation to governance, finance, or marketing
Our current board represents diversity in age, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, and
neurodiversity. We do not have ethnic diversity as we are all white British, and this is
something we are committed to changing as we feel it’s imperative that we better
represent internally those we serve externally. Therefore, we strongly encourage those
who identify as global majority i.e. BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour) to
apply for this role.

HOW TO APPLY
Please submit the following by email to helen@carenestplymouth.org:
i.) CV
ii.) Short written statement (300-600 words or less) or a 3-5 mins video statement (via
wetransfer) about why you’d like to commit to this role what you feel you can bring to
the organisation
iii.) Completed https://forms.gle/AiAhQkMNFHPpfjaV9
NB If you’d like to spend some time getting to know us more before deciding whether
you’d like to apply, then please feel free to join any of our community activities (What’s
On monthly schedule is on our website: www.carenestplymouth.org) or just drop Helen
an email on the address above and we can arrange a time to chat.
If your application is successful, we will invite you to a 30 min in-person interview with
the current board of Directors.

APPLICATION DATES
Deadline to apply: Tues 5th March
Interviews: Tues 19th & Weds 20th March

To apply for this job email your details to helen@carenestplymouth.org.

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