Together Women is excited to announce that we are recruiting new members to join our board of trustees, and help us in our mission towards creating a compassionate, effective criminal justice system for women.
We are a national trailblazer in developing gender-specific, trauma-informed services for women who’ve been affected by the criminal justice system. Our Board of Trustees works with us to change women’s lives for the better, by adding their voices to ours and advocating strongly for a reduction in the use of custody for women.
As a member of our board, you will help us work towards a new system of justice that addresses the root causes of entering the criminal justice system – including poverty, mental ill-health, substance misuse, homelessness and experiences of trauma and abuse.
To put this into perspective, it is estimated that nearly 60% of women affected by the criminal justice system have experienced domestic abuse. The true figure is likely to be much higher. Women in the criminal justice system are more likely than men to report having mental ill-health, to have experienced emotional, physical or sexual abuse as a child, and to struggle with substance misuse. Source: Prison Reform Trust
On average, there are 600 pregnant women held in prison every year, and an estimated 17000 children are affected by maternal imprisonment each year. Source: Prison Reform Trust
We believe that in the vast majority of cases, women should not receive custodial sentences – the criminal justice system in its current form is self-perpetuating and causes more harm than it prevents. We develop and deliver women-led services, and campaign for diversion.
As our trustee, you’ll have a vital, stimulating role that helps ensure the charity is not only reaching these goals but is forward-thinking and running as efficiently as possible. You’ll work closely with our CEO Rokaiya Khan to help strategically set the direction of the organisation.
If we are to change this system at all, we need direction from women who have been at the sharp end of it, which is why we particularly welcome expressions of interest from women who have lived experience of the criminal justice system. Trustees with lived experience will be fully supported in their role during their time with us.
This is what our Trustees have to say:
“Being able to support an organisation run by women for vulnerable women, is a privilege and a humbling experience. Together Women changes lives, it’s as simple as that.”
“I work with Together Women because what we do matters to so many women and their families.”
“I wanted to volunteer to support an organisation to deliver the most meaningful experience possible”
If you are a proactive, passionate individual who is committed to supporting the needs of other women; a team player who relishes a challenge and is not afraid to challenge others; and you share Together Women’s values – we would love to hear from you.
To apply to join the Board, or to find out more, click here to download a recruitment pack.