South Essex Advocacy Services Seeking Trustees

South Essex Advocacy Services Seeking Trustees

SEAS is a registered charity (number 1164092) which works across South Essex, advocating with and on behalf of vulnerable people.  SEAS builds on the work of South East Essex Advocacy for Older People, which has worked within the local community since 1994.

About us

South Essex Advocacy Services (SEAS) provides advocacy to people in south Essex.  We work to the Advocacy Charter definition of advocacy:

Advocacy is taking action to help people say what they want, secure their rights, represent their interests and obtain services they need. Advocates and advocacy providers work in partnership with the people they support and take their side. Advocacy promotes social inclusion, equality and social justice.”

Practically, our work means that we assist people who need additional help to make their voices heard with regards to their rights and entitlements; particularly people who may be older, or people experiencing mental health issues, people who lack mental capacity, people with disabilities, or people experiencing poverty or discrimination.

Annually we assist over 2000 people to have improved outcomes relating to their empowerment, health and wellbeing, accommodation and finances.  Our work is two-fold; to ensure that vulnerable people can reach their own decisions in matters which affect them, and holding statutory services and other providers to account.  The people we advocate for, and with, are assisted to:

  • Understand and participate in decisions about their care and treatment
  • Maximise their entitled benefits, so that they can afford the care and support to which they are entitled.
  • Communicate their healthcare and accommodation wishes to professionals and family.
  • Reduce anxiety and social isolation and improve their confidence, mental and emotional wellbeing and quality of life.
  • Reduce their risk from further financial abuse and recover their lost finances.
  • Confront systematic discrimination, prejudice, and hate crime.


We take a person-centred approach, supporting each individual until they receive an outcome which they consider is positive.

We are looking for people from a diverse range of backgrounds to join South Essex Advocacy Services (SEAS) as Trustees to help make a real difference to the lives of our most vulnerable in our local community.

Becoming a Trustee means you have one of the most important and inspiring roles within the charity. With the Chief Executive, the board of Trustees set the direction and priorities of SEAS and are ultimately responsible for ensuring it achieves its aims.

We’re looking for professional volunteers to become Trustees to support the Charity’s aims and objectives.

Our commitment

We are committed to developing a diverse board and wish to recruit Trustees from a wide range of backgrounds including people from minority and ethnic communities, people with disabilities and people who have lived experience of care,  support and health services.  We welcome Trustees who can commit to attending office based Trustee meetings once every two months, remote video link attendance can also be arranged.

The benefits to you:

The benefits of becoming a Trustee are not only in the interests of our charity, as an individual, it is an excellent opportunity to show case your skills and/or be a personal development opportunity for you. These are just some of the benefits:

  • Contributing your skills and expertise to a cause that is important to you
  • Playing a fundamental role in the strategic development of the organisation
  • Gaining valuable experience and learning new skills within a leadership role
  • Challenging yourself by applying your skills in a different environment
  • Gaining non-executive board experience in a supportive, developmentally focused culture
  • Learning from other Trustees and gaining new insights from seeing how others respond to situations and make decisions.


Knowledge and experience:

We are particularly interested in hearing from people with any of the following specialist areas of expertise:

  • Fundraising and income generation
  • Marketing, public relations and digital transformation
  • Community engagement and development, health and social care, mainstream or alternative education and learning.
  • Academic research
  • Finance, accountancy or legal with an interest in strategy and governance


And we would also welcome hearing from you if:

  • You want to develop your strategic skills and gain valuable experience at Board level
  • You have good communication skills and would enjoy working as part of a close Trustee board to extend your professional networks


Please note that Trustee roles are voluntary, with expenses reimbursed.

Board meetings take place during afternoons every two months.

If you are currently pursuing a career, you may be able to agree time to attend as part of your professional development plan.

We would love to have you on Board!!

If you are interested and would like further information about the role, please contact:

Paula Blundell – Chief Executive Officer
01702 340566

Jamie Langstone