*Closes Wednesday 30th November*

Are you looking for a new challenge in 2023?

SOS NI is a charity whose mission is to work together in partnership to unconditionally help vulnerable people at times of crisis. SOS is a volunteer-centred organisation with a vision to inspire hope and build better futures for everyone. SOS is committed to delivering services in partnership, with our programmes being co-designed, developed and evaluated with volunteers, clients, and our multi agency partners.

SOS NI  has a 60-foot flexi bus supported by two response mini-buses, which provide non-judgemental safe spaces for our clients, where our trained volunteers provide welfare support, first aid, mental health intervention and community safety. Operating since 2007, SOS Volunteers have supported 379,723 clients and provided over 16,232 crisis interventions.

Our volunteers help anyone who becomes vulnerable, including those who are:

  • Victims of assault
    Clients at risk of or experiencing homelessness
    Those in fear of violence or crime
    Suicidal Thoughts
    In need of listening ear support
    Injured or unwell
    Victims of substance misuse
    Lonely or isolated

The presence of SOS volunteers and buses on the streets eases pressure on the PSNI, emergency departments, NIAS and Belfast City Council, allowing them to focus their time and effort on more serious and pressing issues. Our highly visible presence creates Safer Streets.

Voluntary Board Members/Trustees

The role of the voluntary Board Members/Trustees is to determine the mission and strategic direction of SOS NI and support its effective governance by ensuring SOS meets all its statutory and legal requirements as well as monitoring performance against budget and key objectives.

SOS wants to equip itself with a broad and appropriate skills base to ensure our sustainability.

We are looking for experienced Trustees who can provide leadership to SOS, support the Operations Director and staff team, and uphold and promote the values of SOS. Stakeholder relationships and previous experience in working with bodies such as the PSNI and local NHS trusts would also be highly beneficial as we collaborate closely with our external partners to shape the agenda for change within this specialist area.

If your skills and experience match our brief and align to our values, then please get in touch. We would particularly welcome applications with skills and experience over the course of the last 3 years in the following areas:

  • Human Resources and Staff Management Trustee

Will have experience in management and development of employees in an organisation, including recruiting and staffing, compensation and benefits, training and learning, employee relations and organisational development.

  • Communications & Engagement Trustee

Will have experience in developing and supporting delivery against effective organisational communication strategies to include engagement of internal and external audiences via multi-media platforms and mechanisms.

  • Business Development Trustee

Strategic Leadership – will have experience of developing effective strategic plans and overseeing the implementation and delivery of agreed plans. In addition, experience of leading change management processes to support organisational development and growth.

  • Legal Professional Trustee

Will have experience in various aspects of law such as charity, corporate, commercial, employment or family law, and provide input on a wider range of issues including our governance structures.

In addition, you may have a particular empathy with our clients and service users, their needs and how they have used similar services. In possessing this insight, you will help to ensure that the client is at the heart of our decisions and as such enable change & growth within our service proposition.

To express an interest in a role and gain further information on how to apply please contact: pete@sosbusni.com

Please note:

The closing date for applications is Wednesday 30th November 2022 no later than 12:00 noon.

 Interviews will be held week commencing Monday 12th December 2022

We are an equal opportunities employer. We welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons. However, as Black and Minority ethnic groups, disabled people and people from the LGBT community are currently under-represented in the board, we would particularly welcome applications from the above-mentioned communities and backgrounds. All appointments will be made on merit.