It’s an exciting time at Forest School SNPT. They’re celebrating 20 years of providing outdoor learning and play opportunities aimed at improving the lives of young people.

While this core reason for their existence remains, they are also re-imagining their future, responding and adapting to the challenges faced by both people and nature. They have re-evaluated their core aims to emphasise the crucial role nature connection has when addressing both the climate and mental health crises we currently face.

Forest School SNPT refined aims:

Build connections between nature, individuals & communities

Nurture holistic personal development

Improve physical, mental & spiritual wellbeing

Inspire action for climate and nature recovery

Continue to develop as an ethical, sustainable organisation

Forest School SNPT values and ethos

They promote nature connection because they believe we are nature. This is reflected in their commitment to diversity, cooperation and working in collaboration.

Trustees play a crucial role in guiding the charity and providing support on all aspects of its work. 

What you will gain / what you will give

Your role will enable them to do the work they know makes an important difference in the world. By committing your time, energy and enthusiasm you will be rewarded with experiencing the value that contributing to a great cause can bring.

They need your skills and experience, as well as your connections and networks. And by sharing these, you will continue to develop and strengthen those skills.

Responsibilities and commitments

This is a voluntary position, but expenses can be reimbursed.

You will attend monthly meetings and help out with tasks that fit your area of expertise in between meetings. Your role is one of ensuring the charity is run safely and legally. An induction will be given and training in governance will be available.

About you

This opportunity is open to anyone aged over 18 years who shares Forest School SNPT vision to improve connections to nature and each other and address issues around climate change.

You are likely to be solution focused, collaborative, open-minded and willing to adopt a role as a critical friend.

They’d especially like to hear from people who possess skills and knowledge around health & wellbeing, education, business development, financial expertise, marketing, youth work, the arts or inclusion.

How to apply

They would like you to send a personal statement addressing the questions below.

  • Why are you interested in becoming a Forest School Trustee?
  • What experience and skills can you share with the Forest School team?
  • Are you able to commit to monthly 2 hour meetings, in person, in the Swansea area and work in your area of expertise between meetings?
  • Have you any previous experience being on a management board or working collaboratively in a team?
  • Finally, tell us a little more about yourself: what are your passions and interests?

Don’t be concerned if you feel unable to complete some of the questions as they are looking for people with a breadth of life experience, skills and a willingness to learn.

If from your personal statement it seems like you will be a good match for the role, you will be invited to an informal social get together in early September, so you can meet various members of the current board and staff/ volunteer team, and toast a marshmallow around the fire.

Following this, if you and Forest School SNPT are both happy to continue the process, you will be invited to sit in on a trustee meeting before being formally adopted as a trustee at their October AGM.

Deadline for personal statements: 31st July 2021

Please send your application to: [email protected]

If you would like an informal chat or some more information you can either call Holli Yeoman, Project Manager, on 01792 367118 or email Jess Kidd, Chair of Trustees at [email protected]