CASSPLUS Trustee Opportunity

14 Jul 2017


The Plymouth, Truro and Bodmin Community Advice and Support Services (CASSPLUS) were introduced to provide assistance to low-risk and repeat offenders and their families and close associates. The purpose of the service is to reduce re-offending by increasing access to whatever community services are most appropriate to each offender.

A court-based advice and support service, CASSPLUS provides relief and assistance to the general public and in particular to people and members of their families in the UK who are at risk of or have been processed through the Criminal Justice system. CASSPLUS works in active partnership with other community organisations and individuals to promote and achieve its purpose. Support for individuals is based on respect and fairness – CASSPLUS aims to provide access to services and to work with all individuals without prejudice

CASSPLUS provides advice and support in the courts to aid resettlement and reintegration with the aim of reducing offending. CASSPLUS works in partnership with local criminal justice agencies and communities. CASSPLUS also ensures that families and partners of prisoners are assisted at the point of sentence so they understand more about the court and prison systems and are better able to keep in touch.

CASSPLUS also provides the coordinator role for the OPCC Victim Care pathway for Cornwall.

Join our Board of Trustees

Are you passionate about joining a well-established community advice service based in Devon and Cornwall? We offer support and advice to defendants, families and others who are at risk of, or have been, processed through the criminal justice system, helping them find the practical and emotional resources and services that they need to rebalance their lives. CASSPLUS is run mainly by volunteers, headed by a small paid team and is currently based in the courts in Plymouth, Bodmin and Truro.

Do you want to expand your activities and possibly your c.v.? Do you have previous voluntary sector, fundraising, marketing and/or ICT experience, and would be interested in sharing your expertise?

CASSPLUS is seeking to recruit three new dynamic trustees to support our current Board, which already includes a service user and trustees with academic and criminal justice experience. We encourage Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic applications and from those under 50, who are not currently represented on the Board. The role is unpaid but reasonable expenses are reimbursed. The time commitment is about 2 hours per month.

Trustee Role Description

Statutory Duties

  • To contribute actively to the board of trustees' role in giving firm strategic direction to CASSPLUS, setting overall policy, defining goals and setting targets and evaluating performance against agreed targets
  • To ensure that CASSPLUS complies with its governing document, charity law and any other relevant legislation or regulations
  • To ensure that CASSPLUS pursues its objects as defined in its governing document
  • To ensure CASSPLUS uses its resources exclusively in pursuance of its objects: the charity must not spend money on activities which are not included in its own objects, no matter how worthwhile or charitable those activities are
  • To safeguard the good name and values of CASSPLUS.
  • To ensure the financial stability of CASSPLUS
  • To protect and manage the property of the charity and to ensure the proper investment of the charity's funds
  • To ensure that policies and procedures are up to date and meeting the needs of the charity

Other duties

We are seeking trustees who can offer some or all of the following expertise, guidance or experience to complement our current strengths and abilities

  • Providing advice and guidance on ICT and social media to strengthen the charity
  • Offer guidance in fund raising and financial growth
  • Specific experience of the voluntary sector

Trustee person specification

  • Commitment to the work of CASSPLUS
  • Willingness to devote the necessary time and effort to support the organisation
  • Strategic vision
  • Good, independent judgement
  • Ability to think creatively
  • Understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship
  • Ability to work effectively as a member of a team  
  • UK based applicants only

Legal Requirements

  • Over 18
  • Is not disqualified under section 72(1) of the Charities Act 1993.  This includes: anyone who has an unspent conviction for an offence involving deception or dishonesty; anyone who is an undischarged bankrupt; anyone who has been removed from trusteeship of a charity by the Court or the Commissioners for misconduct or mismanagement; and anyone under a disqualification order under the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986.

APPLICATION FORMS AVAILABLE FROM Christine Nicholls, Administrator at or telephone 07949455137.


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