We believe that no-one should be abused or controlled by another, least of all by those closest to them. Our 70 staff and volunteers support victims and survivors of domestic abuse and sexual violence across all of North Yorkshire and York. We help over 4000 victims (women and men) to feel safer each year, we support children and teenagers, and undertake some work with perpetrators.

Our greatest asset is our staff, who work tirelessly, enthusiastically, and closely with other agencies to ensure the support all hangs together. Our model of working is successful and cost-effective; we are growing, and our services will extend into South Yorkshire from April.

It is an exciting time to be a trustee. Domestic abuse is at last being acknowledged across society. The government is committed to supporting such services. Our trustees make sure the work of IDAS happens, and will continue to happen into the future. The board is composed of a quirky range of people with various backgrounds.  We work hard as a team and enjoy it. We feel we are making a difference.

We now have two trustee vacancies, and are also seeking people to advise our board committees. Anyone with the time and interest is welcome to apply. So why not join us if you have time, interest and ideally skills or characteristics that we currently lack?

We are particularly looking for people with skills and experience in either: fundraising and profile-raising; extensive knowledge and understanding of domestic abuse; environmental sustainability and/or charity governance. We also want a more diverse Board. So if you feel you have something unique to contribute, be it through your ethnicity, gender or culture for example – please don’t hesitate – just apply!

Don’t worry if you have never been a charitable trustee before.  We provide an induction programme for all new trustees, and further support or training as needed. The important thing is to have the right personal qualities, time and commitment to the service we provide.

If you think you might be interested, visit our website https://www.idas.org.uk/get-involved/volunteer-for-idas/ for more information.