Association of Chairs to double workforce thanks to grant

The organisation is receiving a grant of £463,000 from the Big Lottery Fund

The Association of Chairs is doubling the number of people it employs after receiving a £463,000 grant from the Big Lottery Fund.

The three-year grant was awarded to the association earlier this month to help it fund a development and support programme for chairs and vice-chairs of small charities across England.

To help deliver the programme, the association is hiring two permanent members of staff, adding to the two part-time employees already on the payroll.

One will be a programme manager, who will be 100 per cent funded by the BLF and will work exclusively on the association’s small charities programme.

The other post will be a marketing and partnerships manager, who will be half funded by the BLF and will work with both small and medium-sized charities.

The marketing and partnerships manager will also be half financed by the Garfield Weston Foundation, which provides funding to the association for its work with medium-sized charities with annual incomes of between £1m and £5m.

The association already has an executive director, who works four days a week, and an administrator, who works three days a week.

The BLF grant is aimed at helping chairs build skills, knowledge and confidence, and also to increase their effectiveness and reduce their isolation.

The association said that as part of the programme it would consult with chairs and vice-chairs of charities with annual incomes of less than £1m about the support they require.

It is also planning a series of workshops throughout England, as well as webinars and online surgeries and an online discussion forum.

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