Call for board members


Looking to be involved in a community arts organisation making a difference?  Unit Twenty Three is growing and you could help steer us!

About Us
We have been running since 2013 as a social enterprise and we’re committed to the mission of supporting young people and creative enterprise.  To help us in our next steps we are applying for status as a Community Interest Company.
We currently have Arts Council England funding until August 2018 to deliver Dissfest’ this year and next along with a programme of small community events, community engagement and a young associates programme. Our flagship professional theatre piece, Freefall, about and for young carers has been very well received and we are already working towards another tour in Spring 2018. We also have the contract to provide administrative support nationally for Upstart Projects who run the Arts Award Youth Network, Arts Award Alumni and Arts Award Supporter programme for Trinity College London. Upstart also runs voicemag.uk – a magazine for young people who love the arts – and various other commissioned projects which we support.
Our 3 staff members total 69 hours per week of capacity and are supported by freelancers to deliver our work, and by the current directors on a project by project basis. They are based out of Diss Business Hub.
About the role
Becoming a board member is not just about attending a quarterly meeting. It’s about being a representative of the organisation in the community, attending occasional events and providing occasional support to projects and the staff team based on experiences and availability. We mostly mean being a sounding board for the team and being a motivator. Depending on your specialist knowledge – we’d welcome input about project delivery, finance, marketing and anything else about running a community/ arts organisation.
We ask for a commitment of at least 4 hours a month for reviewing organisational documents (funding bids, management accounts, policies etc), keeping in touch with the staff team and potentially attending an event or two – either one we produce, a partner produces or created as a professional development opportunity for yourself or the organisation. There will be a quarterly board meeting of no more than 2 hours, in an early evening based in Diss, with options for joining by Skype where necessary.
We will cover costs of local travel to attend these meetings where necessary. We will also pay out of pocket expenses for attending events and will also explore with you access to any training that would be considered helpful. We’re very small right now, but hope to continue our growth and would like to grow our governance capabilities in line with this.
The role is as a board member of Unit Twenty Three CIC upon formation and in itself is a voluntary commitment.  You will be asked to undergo an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check due to the fact the role may bring you in to direct contact with young people at our events, or to personal details, if relevant, from projects – we will cover the cost of this if you don’t have a recent one.
About you
– We need you to have a passion either for Diss itself, or in developing our broader community of young people and creative enterprises across the region.
– You would be looking to bring your expertise or experience to the organisation with a view to helping us grow our capacity for projects and positively affecting an even greater number of our community.
– You would have networks of peers, colleagues or organisations that might have an interest in our work.
– You would also be able to commit to a minimum of 1 year, with an ideal of at least 2 years in role.
You must be aged 16+ to officially join, although we would be happy to consider anyone younger in a co-opted role; although would encourage anyone aged 14-17 especially to join our young associates.
How to apply:
Please email a short cover letter as a PDF stating:
– why you are interested in the role
– what you believe you offer the organisation (please tell us what specialism or skill you’re willing to offer; this could be your specialism is as an affected young person!)
– a statement or idea of a new or growth project for Unit Twenty Three that can benefit our community (a new market or avenue for our current projects, or a totally new idea).
– you are also welcome to attach a CV or links to websites of your current or recent work.
– please include your full contact details including contact numbers.
This email should go to lead director Emrys Green on emrys@unittwentythree.co.uk with the subject line ‘board application’.
We’re recruiting on a rolling basis based on fit, so you can email Emrys to arrange a conversation about the role or set-up a time to pop in and meet the staff team if desired.
We are looking for a fresh mix of 5-8 people and we’re confident that we will also identify other avenues for supporters to work with us even if not as a board member. We will arrange conversations (likely by phone or Skype) initially and then set-up a time to talk in person if you’re interested and could fit the team.