Swindon youth charity seeks new trustees as Founder exits

By Nick Batten on 18 May, 2023

Inner Flame, a local charity that delivers training to inspire and empower young people in the Swindon area, is looking for two new trustees to take the organisation forward as David Wreathall, its Founder and Chair of Trustees steps down after 15 years.

In their new role, the trustees will take on part of David’s current responsibilities as well as sharing the collective duties of the five other trustees. 

The board is looking for people who have worked at a senior level in business or the voluntary sector. Prospective trustees are welcome from any background, especially if they bring experience in training and development, education, youth work, mental health, marketing, fundraising, risk management, HR or governance. It’s also a benefit if they have a strong network of local connections. 

David Wreathall, Founder of Inner Flame

David, who is moving away from the area, will leave Inner Flame once a new Chair is appointed.

He said, “This is an important moment in the charity’s history. We’re looking for people who can bring fresh ideas, energy and positive leadership, as the charity prepares to develop and implement a new strategy.

“Next year, I’ll be looking to find a new volunteering role where we’re moving to – splitting time between Exmouth and Nelson NZ. Probably something like mentoring young people, which is an aspect of Inner Flame that I’ve really enjoyed over the years.”

Celebrating its 15th birthday this year, Inner Flame works mainly with 16-25-year-olds, helping them to overcome barriers, build confidence and develop skills to move towards employment with courses such as: 

  • “Manage Anxiety – Your Way” which runs online, giving participants tools to apply in their lives when anxiety is preventing them from moving forward with education or employment. 
  • “Prince’s Trust Team Programme” which runs at Inner Flame’s offices in Swindon. This offers a chance to work with others on challenging activities, community projects and to gain work experience. Inner Flame has been delivering this for over 10 years, in partnership with the Prince’s Trust and New College Swindon. Participants have used this as a springboard to improve their lives, gaining employment and resilience that helps them overcome whatever life throws at them. 

David added, “Volunteering with Inner Flame has been a very rewarding part of my life for the last 15 years. I’ve seen first-hand how investing in a young person can help them overcome barriers and change their future.” 

For more information, visit Inner Flame’s website at: innerflame.org.uk/job-vacancies/.