Interim CEO (Maternity leave)
Office based in central Chelmsford with travel across Essex required.
Closing date: Midday Friday 11th September 2020
A quarter of a million people in Essex have some degree of hearing loss, nationally that amounts to one in six of the population. Hearing Help Essex exists to alleviate the isolation and loneliness that hearing loss can bring by providing a range of services.
Founded in Chelmsford in 1990, Hearing Help Essex initially formed to create a local drop-in session for people to receive practical help with their NHS Hearing Aids. As the years rolled on, more Volunteers were recruited, and more sessions were added. Fast-forward to 2020, and we now have 54 Volunteers running up to 28 drop-in sessions each month, supporting over 4,000 individuals each year. In 2017, Hearing Help Essex were awarded two grants from Essex County Council to provide an information, advice, and guidance service combined with reducing isolation service. These projects continue to be hugely successful, and we support over 2,500 individuals each year through these services.
In 2019, these achievements were recognised by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, and we were presented with The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award for a voluntary group in the United Kingdom.
As of July 2020, face-to-face service delivery has resumed with a new COVID-19 protocol. Our information, advice, and guidance services have been delivered throughout the pandemic, as our mission to support vulnerable people became even more critical as people were asked to self-isolate and shield.
Our Team and Governance
Hearing Help Essex is led by a Board of five Trustees. Our Board draws on a wide range of expertise with experience of the charitable and private sectors.
We have 55 Volunteers and 8 paid staff, 7 of whom are part-time: the Chief Executive, 2 Service coordinators, 1 Data and Finance coordinator, 3 Outreach workers, and 1 office-based information and equipment specialist.
The current CEO plans to go on maternity leave at Christmas and return no sooner than September 2021. Therefore the Charity are looking for an experienced Charity Leader to fulfil the role for a period of at least 9 months from December 2020, to allow for handover. There may be scope for a future senior role at Hearing Help Essex, subject to strategic priorities and new funding.
Please see the appointment brief via link below for further details.