Can you SHARE?

Voluntary Director Position

(No deadline for applications)

Introduction to SHARE

Clare & Sam at SHARE:Frome

SHARE:Frome is a Library of Things based in Frome, Somerset. Like a book library, you can sign up as a member and borrow your item for as long as you need before returning for someone else to be able to borrow it. Unlike a book library we have no books, but a grand array of ‘things’: DIY and gardening tools, hobby items, party particulars, kitchen gizmos, camping gear .. the list goes on.

We care passionately about delivering environmental, economical and social impacts. By shifting behaviours from individual consumption and ownership to those based on borrowing and sharing we reduce waste, reduce pollution, save people money, save them space in their own homes and cultivate community. 

SHARE:Frome has been in operation over 5 years and will be the first of many Libraries of Things to operate within a federated charity structure headed up by SHARE:UK.

Role Overview

We have operated as part of Edventure:Frome Community Interest Company since our inception as the UK’s first high street sharing shop in 2015. We are now spinning out to become a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) operating within a federated charity structure under a national CIO.

Trustees of the national body will eventually be drawn from representatives of the local charities in the federation, although initial trustees of SHARE:UK CIO will be the same persons selected for SHARE:Frome CIO.

Board members will get involved with the strategic development of the organisation and may take on specific roles to support the staff team. We are specifically seeking people with skills in any of the following areas:

  • Social enterprise governance,
  • Marketing,
  • Finance,
  • Fundraising,
  • A chair of the board who would have extra time and passion to work alongside our manager in driving us forwards.

To have at least one of these positions covered by somebody who has previous experience of establishing a charity would prove to be invaluable.

Role Commitment

This is a great opportunity to make a tangible difference not only in Frome, but further afield too. The Climate Assembly report to Government has just been delivered and recommends that, “people should repair goods and share more, instead of owning all their appliances”. The time is now to take SHARE mainstream. If you’d like to be part of the journey, can you commit:

  • 5-10 hours a month?
  • Meet 6-7 times a year?
  • Attend at least one of our community events a year?
  • Represent SHARE across Frome*?
  • Apply by 30th October?
  • Legally and responsibly become a UK charity board member?

To find out more please email us at [email protected]

*Applicants will mostly be drawn from the local area. However, one or two applicants from farther afield may be interested more in developing the national body. All are welcome to apply, with those interested in the national side of things expected to be involved with SHARE:Frome initially to gain understanding of the workings of a local Library of Things.