Author: Meadow Well Connected
We are keen to recruit new trustees and are looking for people who have a strong connection to and networks within North Tyneside. We are also keen to find someone who longer term may be interested in the role of Vice-Chair and those with a background in law, health or marketing.
About Meadow Well Connected
Meadowwell Connected is a community hub and extensive community garden which facilitates and supports our residents to take charge of their lives and have the power to make the decisions that matter to them and their community. We provide a safe, welcoming space where people of all ages can come together to build positive relationships and learn new skills.
Our vision is ‘to create a thriving community that’s a great place to live, work and play’ and our mission is ‘to work positively with local people to achieve our shared vision’.
We have 3 core strategic aims:
• Community Involvement
• Skills Development
We work to achieve these through a range of community-led interventions from our large community building and gardens. Current services include:-
Digitally Connected – a free to use, supported Digital suite enabling people to gain core digital and employability skills.
Community Garden – our 5 acre community garden which offers opportunities to learn horticulture skills for people of all abilities; growing produce for use in our café and for sale to local people; an apiary providing honey and learning opportunities on bee-keeping and an emphasis on permaculture and connecting people of all ages with nature. We are currently exploring developing a Forest School.
Connected Kids Club – our affordable after-school club which is available to local children aged 8-13 and includes a meal and access to lots of activities. We offer a ‘Walking Bus’ service from local primary schools to enable children to attend safely.
Joinery Workshop – we have an 8 station fully equipped joinery workshop where we support students from Alternative Education Provision and adults with learning differences to gain joinery skills and confidence.
Supported volunteer programme – providing volunteering opportunities across our provision with support from our Volunteer Coordinator.
Well Together & PAUSE [Problematic Alcohol Use … Say Enough!] – our health and wellbeing programme which includes a specialised service to support clients with alcohol issues.
Thrive – is our adult day care service which provides support for adults with additional needs to learn new skills and have fun.
Community Café – our onsite café offering home cooked food at affordable prices supported by Ben Appétit to deliver education around food and nutrition.
The Bay Food Bank is located on our site and we aim to work positively with them to support local people.
We also have a number of permanent tenants and a range of rooms for sessional hire alongside training provision for the health & social care sector.
What skills do I need?
• Passion and interest in the local community.
• Strong links to and networks in North Tyneside.
• Ability to think strategically to support the effective governance and future development of Meadow Well Connected.
• Whilst senior business experience is desirable we are open to receive applications from people from a wide range of backgrounds.
• We are particularly keen to hear from people with a health, legal or marketing background.
What commitment is required?
Board meetings take place every 6-7 weeks (around 10 per year), there is also the option to join the Finance Committee who meet quarterly in addition to the main board meetings.
Meetings take place usually on a Tuesday at 6pm and may be in person or via Zoom.
Minimum commitment is to attend the majority of the meetings having read the board agenda and
papers and come ready to ask questions and challenge. There may be other meetings around team
building, training or strategic development.