Shadow Board Member
The NYPACT shadow board is made up of parent carers and professionals with an interest in the health and wellbeing of children with disabilities and additional needs, as well as the SEND agenda for North Yorkshire. NYPACT is administered by Community First Yorkshire, a charity which supports voluntary and community sector organisations, and responsibility for the funding and associated decision-making lies with them. However, Community First Yorkshire is not a specialist organisation in relation to disabled children and their families and so the NYPACT shadow board acts as an advisory steering group.
The shadow management committee governs NYPACT and makes decisions in the best interest of the parent-carer membership. Shadow board members are required to engage with committee business and share information, promote good practice and contribute to consultations and other matters concerning families raising disabled children in North Yorkshire.
Shadow board members need to be able to commit to at least one day bi-monthly for meetings and at least an additional two days each month to follow-through with networking, reading and any additional tasks. Meetings take place on weekdays at various locations in North Yorkshire and include a working lunch; any associated travel costs and extra childcare expenses will be reimbursed.
There are no particular skills or qualifications, but you will need to be dedicated, trustworthy and engaged with the work of NYPACT. You will have an understanding of the pressures facing parents today and a personal or professional knowledge of the SEND landscape. It’s crucial that you are committed to attending regular meetings and contributing to the development of the forum. A genuine desire to work in partnership with statutory bodies to improve support for families in North Yorkshire is also essential.
This voluntary position requires compassion and integrity and would suit a well-organised, proactive individual who can bring energy and enthusiasm to the role. You should be IT literate and a keen communicator who is happy to contribute fully at meetings and engage with the wider activities of the group.