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Board Member of National Charity

Chronic Pain Ireland

About Chronic Pain Ireland

Chronic Pain Ireland is working to create a greater awareness of Chronic Pain and provide relevant information and support for those living with the condition, for their families and friends. Acting as a voice for people living with chronic pain, we would like to expand support and education services nationally to those living with chronic pain, their caregivers and loved-ones.

What's Involved

This is an opportunity to take a leadership role in a swiftly advancing organisation. Would you like to give something back to society in a challenging and rewarding role, bringing your skills into play in a completely different arena?

Chronic Pain Ireland is looking to expand its Board to increase its skillset in the areas of Marketing, Communications, Legal, Training, Fund-raising, Advocacy and Governance to ensure strong growth of the organisation. As a Director of Chronic Pain Ireland you will be responsible for all of the duties associated with a Company Director and Trustee according to the Companies Act and Charity Regulator.

Purpose of this Role
To provide strong governance and leadership to Chronic Pain Ireland as part of the Board. You will be working with forward thinking and energetic colleagues to maintain and develop Chronic Pain Ireland and its services such as the nationwide education programme including info talks and workshops on self-management nationwide education programme including info talks and workshops on self-management. As trustee you will work with other trustees and the national coordinator in reviewing and formulating strategies for the organisation, and to act in the interests of Chronic Pain Ireland at all times.

Support & Training
Training and induction will be provided, as well as a buddy and mentor system for the first few months.

The Board
The current Board meets 8 times a year, two of which can be remote. The members of the current Board are made up of a group of enthusiastic and energetic volunteers, who suffer from chronic pain and bring first-hand experience of member needs.

Time Commitment
5 hours per month approx. for work and meeting prep in addition to Board meetings. Additional time to accommodate mentoring from the Chairperson or another board member for the first few meetings.

What’s in it for you?
Chronic Pain Ireland is the only national organisation that provides support to people who suffer with Chronic Pain. In November 2017 was delighted to be shortlisted by the Carmichael Centre Good Governance Awards and came joint second in our category. As a member of the Board you will learn about good governance, the voluntary sector & volunteer management. You will put your skills to use for a very good cause.

Testimony from Board member:
“I joined the board after years of membership to give something back to the organisation that helped me so much. I am delighted with all the knowledge and training I have received in addition to now giving the talks I once attended.”

More About Us
Vision and Leadership:
• To be committed to the vision, mission and values of the organisation,
• To provide strategic direction, including agreeing and monitoring strategic plans
• To keep informed of the activities of the organisation and the wider issues of its work
• To ensure the work of the organisation is monitored and evaluated
Accountability and Legal Responsibilities:
• Ensure the organisation complies with its governing document, and practices good governance.
• To ensure the organisation keeps to the law, including charity and company law.
• To ensure the organisation makes efficient use of resources
• To ensure that risks to the organisation, staff, volunteers, and service users are at an acceptable level and are managed.
• To be accountable to membership, funders and other stakeholders.

What's required for this position

More About You
You have at least three years experience within one area of the following specialties: Marketing, Communications, Fund-raising, Legal, Advocacy, Governance, Training

Or, you are currently working within the healthcare profession with chronic pain patients. For example; counsellor, physiotherapist, nutritionist, occupational therapist etc

Desirable Experience:
• Previous board experience
• Experience within the charity and voluntary sector
• Excellent English verbal and written communication skills

  • Advocacy/ Lobbyist
  • Business/ HR/ Management
  • Community Development/ Social work
  • Education/ Training
  • Event management/ Fundraising
  • General Admin/ Office Support
  • PR/ Marketing/ Market Research
  • Research/ Journalism/ Media

Level of English required for this role:
Fluent English

Times and commitment required for this role


Minimum time commitment: 3 years +

Hours required: 5hrs Monthly

Other Details

Location of volunteering opportunity:
Chronic Pain Ireland, Carmichael Centre, North Brunswick St, Dublin 7.
Most meetings are in Dublin, two meetings can take place remotely.

Also available in these counties
Cork, Waterford, Wicklow

Screening details for this role:

  • Formal Interview
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Volunteers will be provided with the following supports:

  • Support/ advice/ recognition
  • Supervision
  • Initial induction and training
  • Reimbursement of expenses
  • Insurance cover
  • Ongoing training opportunities

Volunteers with the following challenges will be supported in this role

  • Physical Disability
  • Learning Disability

Age restrictions:
No age restrictions

Is this opportunity suitable for groups/teams of volunteers?

Benefits you will receive as a volunteer

You will gain experience in the areas of good governance, the voluntary sector & volunteer management. You will have the opportunity to contribute to the leadership & direction of the organisation & its policies, practices & activities

Getting there

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  • This opportunity is posted by:
  • Volunteer Centre: Dublin City
Volunteer Ireland is delighted to acknowledge the support of:
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