The role of Trustee offers an exciting opportunity to make a real difference to our growing charity and to our community; being a trustee means making decisions that will impact on people’s lives.

Kangaroos’ Fun Disability Clubs works to deliver fun and social activities for
young people with learning disabilities in Mid Sussex

Kangaroos is a local (user led) charity based in Haywards Heath that runs a range of clubs providing fun, recreation, social and leisure activities in Mid Sussex for our members who are children, young people and adults, aged from 6 to 35 who have learning disabilities.  Many have additional behavioural, physical or sensory problems, as well as Autism, complex medical needs and epilepsy.

Kangaroos was established by a group of parents in 1993 and began with a Saturday Club in January 1994 which aimed to provide activities suited to their children’s special requirements.  Kangaroos now runs upwards of 8 activity programmes, including Holiday clubs, weekend clubs, youth clubs and after school sports clubs which provide around 180 members with the support needed so that they can have access to social and fun activities in the same way their non-disabled peers take for granted.

Our sessions are run by experienced and qualified staff with the support of volunteers from local schools and colleges.  We are able to heavily subsidise our fees to parents by securing funds from other sources such as WSCC, the Big Lottery, donations, grants and general fundraising activities.

This is an exciting time for Kangaroos and we wish to build on our existing wide range of activities, raise our profile to ensure our future sustainability to continue to meet the needs of disabled children, young people and adults in Mid Sussex.
Kangaroos is run on a day to day basis by a team of 5 (expanding to 6) permanent staff, supported by a voluntary Board of Trustees.  The current Board is made up of a combination of working parents and of other professionals who want to make a difference.  They have the responsibility to ensure the charity works to its charitable objects and within current legislation.

  • General requirements – Trustees are expected to attend regular meetings and fundraising events.  Our core roles and responsibilities are to work collaboratively with our staff, consult with service participants and their families to set the strategic direction of the charity; ensuring its sustainability; and provide support and guidance to enable our staff to undertake their day-to-day roles effectively.
  • Skills required – We are seeking to recruit trustees to broaden the skill set of our current board. We are looking for new trustees who bring enthusiasm and interest to forward the vision and goals of the charity.  Ideally you will have some experience in leadership and senior management we would particularly welcome new trustees who have broad strategic knowledge of policy, legislation of charities and disability services.  Knowledge of IT and Fundraising would be beneficial.   We are keen to build on our existing strategic connections with the community, businesses and public sector, locally, regionally and nationally to raise our profile and help realise our potential.
  • Legally – Trustees must comply with Charity and Company Law, must work within in the terms of the governing documents and act responsibly and only in the interests of the charity.

For more information about Kangaroos you can visit our website at www.Kangaroos.org.uk

To state your interest in this exciting opportunity please email the trustees at Kangaroostrustees@gmail.com providing a brief statement of your interest in being a Trustee and your experience and knowledge that you would bring to the role. For more information of the roles and responsibilities of a Trustee, please refer to the Charities Commission’s guidance at www.gov.uk/charity-trustee-whats-involved.