Kingston Upon Thames Association for the Blind

Current Vacancies

We currently have 3 exciting opportunities to join our board of Trustees. These have come about due to the imminent  retirement of 2 of our board members at our next AGM. If you are interested in any of the roles and would like to have an informal chat with our current Chairman/Treasurer or Secretary then in the first instance please contact the office on 0208 605 0060 or email [email protected] and we will forward your details on

Honorary Secretary

The role of the secretary is to support the Chair in ensuring the smooth functioning of the Executive and Management Committee

The Secretary’s tasks include:

Trustee of the Charity.

Membership of the Executive Committee and the Management team.

Minute taking.

Draw up schedule of meetings each year.

Officiate at AGM.

Cheque signatory.

Responsibility for KAB's insurance programme.

To ensure that the charity complies with the requirements of the charity commission in terms of registration, reporting, changes to governing documents.

Other projects as and when required.

Organisational ability.

Experience of committee work and procedures.

Minute-taking experience

Good communication and interpersonal skills.

Impartiality, fairness and the ability to respect confidences.

Approachable and sensitive to the feelings of others.

Well organised and an eye for detail.

Ability to work well with the Chair.

Good time-keeping

Annual time commitment is attendance at 6 evening Executive meetings of 90 minutes and 9 Management meetings on Mondays and some ad hoc times when necessary.

Honorary Treasurer

We are looking for a suitably qualified and experienced finance professional to join the KAB Board of Trustees to take up the position of Treasurer as soon as possible.

The overall role of the Treasurer is to maintain an overview of KAB affairs, ensuring financial viability and ensuring that proper financial records and procedures are maintained.  You will also ensure KAB is accountable to its beneficiaries, to the Charity Commission and the public in general.

Trustees have the ultimate responsibility for running the charity, for its finances and the employment of staff.  Our Trustees are involved in developing the future of KAB and its work, advising and working with staff and making policy decisions. Effective Trustee Boards need a range of people with a good mix of skills.  Some with a real understanding of the needs to be met and others with good financial, business and management experience.  Half of our current Board are blind or partially sighted and as we aim to maintain or exceed that ratio, we are particularly interested in hearing from people with experience of sight loss.

If you are interested and would like an informal chat with the present Treasurer or Chair please telephone 020 8605 0060 or email [email protected] the KAB Office and they will forward your details on.

Honorary Chairman

We are looking for the right person to fulfil this role as you will have overall responsibility for KAB.

Overall Responsibilities Include

Leading the committee and the organisation to enable it to fulfil its purpose.

To ensure an effective relationship between:

- the committee and the staff/volunteers

- the committee and the external stakeholders/community

Acting as a spokesperson and figurehead as appropriate.

To supervise and support the office manager.

Specifically

Plan and prepare the committee meetings and the AGM with others as appropriate.

Chair committee meetings ensuring:

A balance is struck between time-keeping and space for discussions.

Business is dealt with and decisions made.

Decisions, actions and deliberations are adequately minuted.

The implementation of decisions is clearly assigned and monitored.

Ensure adequate support and supervision arrangements are made for staff

Ensure that a successor is found before the term of office finishes.

Qualities

A willingness to lead the organisation

Possesses tact, diplomacy and powers of persuasion.

Possesses relevant knowledge

Has the relevant skills to run a meeting well.

Annual time commitment is attendance at 6 evening Executive meetings of 90 minutes and 9 Management meetings on Mondays and some ad hoc times when necessary.

Social Eyes drivers and volunteers

We are seeking volunteers who have a UK driving licence and use of a vehicle to help us fortnightly on Tuesday afternoons. You would be required to pick up visually impaired people from their homes and take them to St James Church Hall New Malden and return them home again. Once at the hall it would be useful if you could stay and help (but no problems if you can't).

If you are interested and would like an informal chat then please give the office a call on 0208 605 0060 or download an application form from this site.

Kingston Talking Newspaper Producer

The Kingston Talking Newspaper for the Blind is a Weekly digest of local news and events sent out free to around eighty blind and/or sight restricted residents of Kingston. It is one of the services offered by KAB.

The talking newspaper is produced in Surbiton by a team of volunteer producers and readers. Recording takes place on Thursday afternoons and Friday mornings, using a desk top computer and specialised editing programme. The 'newspaper'  is then copied on to memory sticks and sent to listeners.

There is a need for new volunteers, particularly to train as producers. If you would like to consider joining the team, and would like to know more about what is involved, please contact us in the first instance on 020 8605 0060 or email [email protected]

Lawn Bowls

Our Lawn Bowls sessions in Chessington are desperately in need of volunteers to support the players.  No previous bowls experience is necessary, all that we need are helpful and willing people to assist with collecting the bowls after each game has ended and to help call out where the bowls have landed.  If you have some spare time on a Thursday morning or Tuesday afternoon for a couple of hours, we would be really grateful.   Please contact us on 020 8605 0060 or [email protected]