Trustees and governors at Talbot House
A note from the Chair
My name is Allison Harding and I am the Vicar at St Michael's and St Mary's in Newburn. I was happy to take over as Chair of Governors and Trustees, having been Vice Chair and then Interim Chair for some time. When I was asked to consider becoming a trustee, I already had a full work load so I had to consider it carefully making sure I could afford the proper commitment. The children are the reason I am so invested in Talbot House, they are so honest, personable and courageous. Before I was a Vicar I was homelessness officer, education welfare officer and probation officer. As a probation officer, I worked with young people and being part of Talbot House Trust gives me a tangible way to make a real difference in our community.
I hope my note may inspire some of you to ask yourself how to want to do more for the children within the trust, please drop a line, it would be lovely to chat about it.
What are the children and young people of Talbot House about?
Young people who find it difficult to succeed in mainstream environments often have low self esteem and don't have high expectations of themselves. Many may have had adverse childhood experiences or suffered trauma in some way. The five young people who live with us in our home are happy and healthy and have a variety of need. Most children have an education health and care plan.
How can I express an interest in accessing your services for my child?
We currently receive referrals from parents/carers, local authorities and from some mainstream schools and pupil referral units. We have a formal referral process which ensures we match well within our existing cohort and the individual concerned.
Is there a uniform in the school?
No, we ask that our young people come into school feeling comfortable and ready to enjoy their day. We don't want to encourage barriers to learning in any way although each of our children receive a complimentary hoodie and t-shirt, if they want to wear them. It brings a sense of belonging.
Why is Talbot House school different to a mainstream school?
We tailor the learning according to the individual, looking for the key in each person. We don't have a uniform, our teachers are all on first name terms with the children, the relationship is what counts for us, our lessons are shorter and we have a wide social enrichment curriculum to encourage development and life skills.
How can I become a Trustee?
Apply to myself through the management team at Talbot House. You will be invited in for a tour with our Chief Exec, Deirdre Pearson, and a brief chat about the experience and values you can bring to our board. Then you would be invited to a trustee meeting to observe and assuming all are agreeable, vote the new member in.
What is the role of a board of trustees?
The board are there to make decisions about the strategy and overall direction of the charity. They are there to hold the management team to account and are ultimately responsible for governance in the organisation. We frequently take a skills audit of our board and are interested in having trustees who gives us a good range of expertise and skill. Our current board of trustees is made up of parents and individuals with experience in local authority, education, social care, law and young people.