Become a Trustee
Join our Board and Be Part of Something Special!
Thank you for your interest in joining the Board of Directors of Fermanagh Community Transport. This page is intended to provide all the information you need to decide whether you wish to apply.
If you have any further queries, please feel free to contact Jason on 028 66 324260 or 07702609432 if you would like to have a confidential conversation about the role. Alternatively, you can email Jason at firstname.lastname@example.org. Jason can respond directly to your email or call you back if you prefer.
About Fermanagh Community Transport
‘We are passionate about helping people gain independence from social isolation, exclusion and loneliness in Fermanagh. We help them to get back to living their lives.’
Fermanagh Community Transport (FCT) is a company limited by guarantee with charitable status which was established in 2013 following the merger of two former organisations that covered the Fermanagh area and part of south Tyrone at that time. Since 2013, FCT has provided in the region of 250,000 essential Dial a Lift door to door trips for individuals from right across our rural community who cannot access public transport or private transport to get to the many services, facilities, and activities which many take for granted.
Our aim is to provide accessible, affordable, and efficient Community Transport to people who would otherwise be socially or rurally isolated.
We are a member only organisation and we presently have 1,200 members. Our individual membership is free and available to anyone living in a rural area within Fermanagh who does not have access to a car or public transport for the purposes of accessing essential services and support such as GP appointments, hospital outpatient appointments, other health and wellbeing related appointments, shopping, visiting family and friends, attending social and recreational groups, and gaining access to education, learning and employment.
29,500 individual member trips delivered to members in 2019-2020.
We have 16 staff and 14 volunteer social car drivers.
We are governed by a voluntary Board of Directors who have a wealth of experience in the community, public and private sector and a passion for working towards greater levels of inclusion and a more equitable society for all communities and individuals across rural Fermanagh and within the town of Enniskillen.
What We Do
Our core service is the Rural Dial-A-Lift service. We receive core funding from the Department for Infrastructure. The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs supports the rural dial-a-lift scheme through its Assisted Rural Travel Service (ARTS) funding which allows our rural members to use a valid SMARTPASS on our Dial a Lift Service.
FCT also offers Group Vehicle Hire for Charitable/ Community/Voluntary/Sports/Youth and Church groups. These groups can hire one of our vehicles with their own driver or our driver at very competitive rates.
We provide driver training to enable charitable, voluntary and community group volunteer drivers to gain suitable standards required to drive a minibus in a roadworthy and safe fashion.
We host and facilitate the delivery of the Disability Action Transport Scheme in Enniskillen town in collaboration with Disability Action Northern Ireland. Through this scheme we deliver approximately 1,200 trips per annum.
Role and responsibilities of a Charity Trustee
For more information on the role of a Trustee and wider charity governance please review the Charity Commission NI Guidance at https://www.charitycommissionni.org.uk/charity-essentials/running-your-charity-guidance which is guidance within which Fermanagh Community Transport operates.
Trustee Terms of Appointment
Up to 8 board meetings per year, with a need for flexibility to attend evening meetings and events if needed. Meetings last approximately 2 hours. Due to COVID-19, over the past year and a half, meetings have been held remotely.
Term of Appointment
Initial three-year term, renewable by agreement to a maximum renewal of two additional terms.
There is no remuneration for this role but reasonable out of pocket expenses are available in-line with Fermanagh Community Transport’s financial policy and procedures.
Skills, Experience and Knowledge We're Looking for In Potential Trustees
We’re hoping to enhance the current Board’s collective portfolio of skills, knowledge, and experience, particularly in the following areas. If you have skills and experience in one or more of the following areas, we’d love to hear from you:
Lived experience - directly or indirectly of limited or no access to essential basic services due to poor transport provision
Charitable and company law
Finance and accounting
This is not an exhaustive list and if there are other skills, qualities, and experience that you feel you might be able to bring to the Board and which would potentially add value to the work of Fermanagh Community Transport and the members we serve, we would invite you highlight these.
Please note, whilst previous experience of serving on a Governing Board (charitable, public or private sector) would be beneficial, the Board of Fermanagh Community Transport is keen to hear from those individuals who have relevant skills, knowledge and experience, and who would like to build their governance and leadership Skills. Being a member of the Board of Fermanagh Community Transport will give you a unique opportunity to build capacity and experience whilst making a real difference to the lives of many people right across Fermanagh.
How to Apply
Please submit a copy of your CV, along with a completed Charity Trustee/ Voluntary Board Member Declaration.
The Declaration is contained within the Trustee Recruitment Pack pdf located to the right.
Commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
Fermanagh Community Transport is committed to diversity and equality of opportunity and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.