Navigate registered as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) in 2019 but the work of the charity started in 2011 as a natural development of the work of Wessex Resolutions CIC.  Their vision is to eliminate social isolation and financial hardship by working with individuals and families who live in Somerset and Devon struggling with this.  Typically, clients are referred to them and their experienced specialist advisers offer 1:1 advice, group-support and training with the needs of clients are at the heart of all they do.  The charity recognises that every person is an individual, everyone’s circumstances are different so they tailor their approach and delivery accordingly, working at a pace that suits the client and using delivery styles that will encourage clients to engage and feel empowered.

In addition, they have developed the Navigate the Money Maze courses and workshops which are delivered to young people across a variety of settings and provide vital tools and knowledge to help young people to manage their finances and avoid spiralling debt. 

We are now working with this young and dynamic charity to help them to find a new Trustee to join their Board.  We are particularly keen to talk to people who have a background in education, who understand the impact of debt on people’s mental health and would like to be involved with a charity that is actively taking steps to tackle this. 

Please see attached social impact report for more information about their work.

If you would like to talk further about this opportunity or trusteeship in general, please contact Jackie Dawkins ( 01884841751


Helping people to thrive – not just survive

Simply Counselling is a community interest company based in Plymouth providing counselling services to people across the South West.  Founded in 2006 by the current Chief Executive, today a team of 30 counsellors delivering person-centred counselling that holds their clients’ needs at the heart of that counselling. 

It is now time to recruit additional directors to the Board.  We are looking for people who are as passionate about improving mental health as we are and can bring some additional financial expertise to the Board as well as marketing, HR and Governance experience and knowledge.

Our Board meets six times a year at the Family Matters offices in Stoke, Plymouth.  We currently meeting during the middle of the day, but have some flexibility around this and have met in the late afternoon in the past. 

We are working with Jackie Dawkins of Shine Charity Recruitment who is supporting our search for new directors.  She will be delighted to speak to you about this role and provide further information, advice and guidance in becoming a volunteer Director –

Please see our information pack for more details about us and how to apply. 

Trustee Vacancies, Cued Speech

What is Cued Speech?

Cued  Speechuses the natural lip patterns of speech with a handshape close to the mouth which disambiguates sounds that look the same on the lips, for example M, P, B.   This simple code replicates every sound /phoneme of speech, at the speed of speech. It turns most spoken languages into 96% accurate visual language for the deaf. It is based on visible phonemes thus giving the receiver direct access to literacy. It is very different to the pictorial BSL which has no written format  

There are many thousands of success stories of individuals and families who have used Cued Speech to comprehend their country’s language, some from a few months old and some in adulthood.

Cued Speech UK currently has a gap on their board for two Trustees with financial/business or medical/education background. This is at a time when the charity is expanding their work and going through a change process which includes re-branding and developing a trading arm to the Charity.

This is an exciting period of change and new skills are needed on the Board to support the strategic plan which includes careful budget planning and more emphasis on PR and marketing of the products. The charity currently have an annual budget of between £250,000 and £300,000 and 95% of this comes from funding applications to Charitable Trusts.  They have eight  members of staff and currently have seven Trustees, this includes three parents or grandparents of deaf children (now adults) one deaf adult, a teacher of the deaf.

Please contact Jackie Dawkins ( if you would like to find out more.