Charity seeks Trustees

A North East charity is looking for professionals from across the region to join its board of trustees.

Talbot House Trust in Walbottle, Newcastle comprises a special educational needs school, a residential care home for children and a vocational skills centre.

It is a registered charity and provides a nurturing and supportive environment for children and young people with complex needs to thrive and achieve their potential.

Jo Reiling, General Manager of Holly Tree Business Solutions, is a trustee at Talbot House Trust and explains why she got involved: “Talbot House Trust has a mission which is very close to my heart.

“I am a governor at my daughter’s school and have knowledge of children in local authority care, so felt compelled to get involved when I was approached by Deirdre Pearson, the Chief Executive.

“The students at our school or those staying with us have complex needs.

“It can be difficult to deliver education effectively to them in a mainstream school or within a traditional “looked after” environment.

“At Talbot House, we offer a high adult-to-pupil ratio and individually tailored behavioural management.

“This enables our team to deliver school leavers with recognisable qualifications, either in vocational skills or in academia.

“Within the residential care home, children and young adults arrive with very different backgrounds and this is often the last in a long line of residential changes for them.

The greatest measure of success here, is the smiling face of a settled child enjoying a secure environment. “

Jo added: “We are looking for passionate, ethical individuals who are interested in improving the future for young people with complicated lives, through the delivery of excellent strategy.

“As a board, we want new members to challenge us in our thinking and ensure that every decision we take is right for every young person relying on us. We aim to provide the highest quality care and education we can.

“We want to attract professional, caring individuals. Our board would be particularly enriched by those with skills and experience in children’s care or education, as well as those in connected professions such as law, health and social services.“

Talbot House trustees are responsible for: ensuring the senior management team delivers the key objectives of the organisation; ensuring the charity is running well; as well as addressing specific issues such as safeguarding and behaviour. This involves attending board meetings which takes place once per term and providing ongoing advice and support on an ad hoc basis.

For more details and an initial chat, contact Deirdre Pearson, Chief Executive by emailing or 0191 267 0237.