Deputy Chair

Ferryhill, Weardale, Bishop Auckland, Shildon, Spennymoor, Sedgefield, Peterlee, Seaham, Consett, Langley Park, Chilton, Crook/Willington, Chester le Street, Meadowfield, Teesdale, Newton Aycliffe, Stanley, Durham City

Providing overall leadership to committee members, the Deputy Chair will assist the Chair to ensure the team are motivated and effective in promoting the charity’s aims. Nurturing volunteers from varied backgrounds, driving community engagement and encouraging local partnership working are critical, as well as being comfortable with senior level meetings.


• Provide leadership to the assigned Committee, ensuring the work of the group is
carried out to set deadlines.
• Agree with local Police, Community Safety Partnerships and other community
organisations a timetable of campaigns and events which promote the charity’s
• Recruit members to the group, via interview, to ensure the group is sufficiently
resourced with the right number and skill set of people to be effective
• Assess skills of group members and task as appropriate, making best use of
available skills whilst also creating an environment for skill-sharing and
• Ensure timely and effective liaison with and provision of information to the
Regional Manager, the Volunteer Manager and/or Volunteer Management Team
as appropriate.
• Deputy Chairperson to take full lead in the absence of a Chairperson.
• Raise awareness of our charity and its unique service.

Skills & Qualities

• Highly developed interpersonal and network skills, with experience of chairing
committees and meetings.
• Comfortable with senior level meetings and the ability to deliver high impact
verbal and written proposals and presentations.
• Able to nurture and lead volunteers from varied backgrounds and with differing
skills and experience.
• Confident of liaison with other partners in order to achieve stated objectives of the
• Knowledge and understanding of the geographic area supported by the
Committee and how actions may need to be adjusted to deal with different socioeconomic factors.
• Knowledge and understanding of the organisation’s strategies and plans (or the
willingness and potential to acquire the same).

• Proactive, able to drive action and ensure delivery of strategy, projects and
achieve results.
• Persistent and innovative.
• Understanding of strategy and planning.
• Leadership.
• Commitment to the policies, procedures, goals and values of the charity.

When & Where?

The Committee covers the whole of County Durham . The Deputy Chair will assist the Chair in various events held across the area (usually on a weekend). Quarterly committee meetings are held online, with a December meeting in person.

Training and Support Offered/Expenses

Online Induction and access to the volunteering portal.
The role will be supported through regular contact with the Chair, Volunteer Manager and
Regional Manager and reasonable out of pocket expenses, to fulfil essential activities,
will be reimbursed.

Volunteer Benefits

People choose to volunteer for Crimestoppers for a variety of reasons. Some have been personally affected by crime, for others it offers the chance to give something back to the community and make a difference to the people around them. For many it provides an opportunity to develop new skills or build on existing experience and knowledge and meet new people.

Through volunteering, you will help to give a voice to people who don’t feel able to speak up/ those who are vulnerable.

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Hours: As many as you can give. Type: Advice & Guidance, Campaigning/Lobbying, Administration/Office, Trusteeship/Committee, Fundraising

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