Association for Real Change (ARC)           
Changing Thinking, Changing Practice, Changing Lives


Trustee Supporter Volunteer Vacancy – Edinburgh or surrounding areas (travel expenses paid)


A great opportunity to support a Trustee on the ARC Board to undertake a leading role for a successful charity that is achieving real change for people with learning disabilities, autistic people, or people with other support needs, and their families.

About us
The Association for Real Change (ARC) is a charity which works in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland. We are looking for a volunteer Trustee Supporter to enable a Trustee with additional support needs to participate fully on ARC’s Board.

Our vision is to celebrate difference, respect, listen to and include everyone.  Our work benefits people with learning disabilities, autistic people, or people with other support needs – and their families.

Our aims are to improve:

  • Knowledge and Rights
  • Choice and Control
  • Inclusion and Equality.

To do this we bring people together.  We support them to share different views and experiences.  We help them to agree and take action to achieve real change through training, research, networks, collective advocacy and policy.

Our websites:

ARC England:

ARC Scotland:

ARC Northern Ireland:


The role
The Trustee Supporter will support a Trustee on our Board, who is an expert by experience, to prepare for Board Meetings, provide travel assistance to in-person Board Meetings, support the Trustee at Board Meetings, and review and reflect on the minutes of the Board Meetings, giving feedback where necessary.

The ARC Board of Trustees meet five times a year; two in-person and three online, so the role will require a commitment to a degree of travel and the occasional overnight stay.

This is a voluntary position. Travel and other out of pocket expenses will be paid. 


About you
You have experience of supporting individuals with additional support needs and have some knowledge of how Board meetings are conducted. You are friendly, open and understanding of people with additional support needs, able to listen to and understand the needs of the Trustee, explaining things in different ways when needed. You can help the supported Trustee to express their thoughts and feelings.

How to apply
Send a written statement of no more than 500 words to describe why you are interested in the role and how you meet the requirements of the Person Specification shown below. If you prefer, your application can be sent using film or audio recording.

ARC is an organisation that values diversity and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

Please send your application to Vicky Shirley, Governance Co-ordinator by email to [email protected] or marked Private & Confidential to Vicky Shirley, Association for Real Change, 10a Marsden Street, Chesterfield S40 1JY.

Informal enquiries can be made to Vicky Shirley [email protected]

The deadline for applications is 3 November 2023 at 5pm.

Interviews to take place online. We will agree dates with short-listed applicants.


Person Specification

  • A commitment to the values and principles of human rights, equality and inclusion.
  • Experience of supporting individuals with additional support needs.
  • A good communicator who is able to speak on behalf of others where necessary in meetings.
  • Ability and availability to travel to ARC Board meetings and join online meetings.


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