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Be a Trustee

What is a Trustee?

Trustees ensure their charity has a clear strategy, and that its work and goals are in line with its vision. A trustee's role in a charity is to be the ‘guardians of purpose’, making sure that all decisions put the needs of the beneficiaries first.


They safeguard the charity’s assets – both physical assets, including property, and intangible ones, such as its reputation. They make sure these are used well and that the charity is run sustainably.


Trustees don’t usually do the day-to-day running of the charity. They delegate this to the staff, led by the Chief Executive. Instead, they play the role of a ‘critical friend’ to the Chief Executive by giving support and by challenging – in a supportive way – to help them manage effectively.


Becoming a trustee is both a rewarding way to help your community and a way to learn fantastic new skills. It’s an invigorating and dynamic role, which puts you at the very heart of a charity and its work, liaising with a team of like-minded people.


If you would like to find out more, please contact Nicola Thomson, Chief Executive for an informal chat 0121 544 6611.

Support Worker PMLD (Complex Needs)

37.5 hours per week, Mon-Fri day time only

 £23,716 per year - £12.16 per hour

 Sandwell B68 - Acorn Lodge

Do you know how to make a difference? Do you want to work alongside others who are as motivated and dedicated as you are? If so, we think you’d make a great addition to our friendly and experienced team in Sandwell.


There are no specific qualifications or experience required for our Support Worker roles beyond a good attitude and a willingness to learn.


Minibus driving experience is preferred, but it is not essential.

Why choose Options for Life?

  • 35 days annual leave pro rata

  • Pension with company contribution

  • Company-paid enhanced DBS

  • Support to complete the nationally recognised Care Certificate

  • Support of an experienced and friendly team of colleagues

  • £50 refer a friend scheme

  • Free access to over 80 online training courses

  • We’re an organisation that puts people with learning disabilities at the heart of everything we do

  • Birthday day off (on completion of probationary period)


What will I be supporting?

  • Adults with complex needs – many of our participants use wheelchairs and are double incontinent and require exercise programmes and the use of specialist equipment through assessments provided by the local physiotherapist, as well as sensory engagement assessments provided by local OT’s, these are then used to provide individual schedules to support individual needs

  • Supporting individual participants to get the most from activities that we provide, many of our activities take into account their sensory needs

  • Enabling social interaction, with community-based activities to promote a sense of belonging

  • Staff receive a comprehensive training programme to ensure you are fully equipped to meet the needs of our uniquely individual participants.

Download the Application Form and the Job Description

Application Deadline: Friday 10th May 2024

Shortlisting:                   Monday 13th May 2024 (Nobody will be contacted until after this date)

Other important information:

  • Applications are reviewed upon receipt, and interviews will take place until the positions are filled.

  • An enhanced DBS disclosure will be required for this role, the cost of which will be incurred by Options for Life

  • We welcome applications from everyone with the right to work in the UK and value diversity in our workplace.

  • If you require any reasonable adjustments to be made, we can offer support to complete your application- please contact Jeorgia Nasser on 0121 544 6611.

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