We are looking for new Trustees who share our values and are passionate about supporting those who experience complex addiction, mental health and criminal justice problems.

The Kaleidoscope Housing Association

The Kaleidoscope Kingston Housing Association (HA) has responsibility for insuring and maintaining certain Kingston buildings. These tasks are delegated to the Kaleidoscope Project, a separate charitable organisation that employs all Kingston staff and is responsible for managing all activities in the Kingston buildings. These activities include managing a residential hostel for clients with multiple support needs. In return for use of the HA’s buildings, the Project pays the HA an annual fee which is calculated to cover all costs incurred by the HA (insurance, maintenance, depreciation of the HA’s fixed assets, audit fees etc) and leave a small surplus. All financial records for the HA (and the Project) are maintained in Wales by the Project’s Finance Manager.

Kaleidoscope's core values are:

  • Contribution - active and voluntary involvement in every aspect of running the organisation (including delivery, monitoring, reviewing and service development)
  • Individuality - everyone offered a personally tailored approach with supported space to think what is working and not working in their life and finding a way forward
  • Inclusivity - not segregated, not separate from the community, providing a connection through our services into mainstream community activities
  • Commitment to equal and respectful relationships, which serve as a model for behaviour within and outside activities associated with Kaleidoscope
  • Enabling people to find their own strengths and resources – doing with, not doing for
  • Belief that people can improve and achieve their goals and their potential. Recovery is possible for each individual.

As part of your role as a trustee you will:

  • Support the vision and mission of the HA and the Project
  • Work with the Project's staff, fellow trustees and people using our services to support the overall direction and development of Kaleidoscope through strategic planning and good governance
  • Ensure that the HA operates within all legal and regulatory requirements
  • Be an ambassador for the HA and for the Kaleidoscope Project
  • Attend bi-monthly Trustees meetings, relevant training events and other meetings throughout the year, as agreed
  • Be pro-active in developing the HA’s network of support

The Treasurer of the HA currently has the following specific financial responsibilities as well as being a Trustee:

  • Work with the Kaleidoscope Project Finance Manager (KPFM) to understand the annual budget that is set for insuring and maintaining the HA’s buildings
  • Monitor spend during the year and compare this against budget
  • During the year, if appropriate, work with the KPFM and the Hostel Manager to request the Project to support any required unbudgeted expenditure for the HA’s buildings
  • Review the annual statutory accounts of the HA. These consist of financial statements that are produced by the KPFM together with a narrative report that is produced by the HA’s Chair
  • Work with the KPFM to ensure that these statutory accounts are audited. NB. The HA uses the same firm of auditors as the Project
  • Present the statutory accounts to the members at the AGM

In return, Kaleidoscope can offer:

  • A great opportunity to play a vital role in the development of an innovative charity providing housing with support to people with complex addiction issues
  • A full and tailored induction into our work
  • Access to trustee training courses, as required
  • The chance to be part of an enthusiastic and dedicated team
  • Out of pocket expenses


Please apply if you share our values, are excited by helping us to deliver on our mission and have the skills and expertise we seek.

We are particularly interested in applications from individuals:

  • With significant Finance, HR, legal or commissioning experience
  • With lived experience of mental or emotional health problems

We encourage applications from people from minority ethnic groups, who are currently under-represented on our Board.

To find out more about the Kaleidoscope Housing Association and our work, please visit the Kaleidoscope Project's website. You are very welcome to call and speak to Jeremy Ross, 01372 278775 to discuss the role and Kaleidoscope Housing Association ahead of applying. 

Please apply by submitting a CV and covering letter (of no more than two pages), explaining the reasons you wish to join the Board and how you feel you will contribute to Kaleidoscope Housing Association.

The closing date for this round of applications is 31st January 2018.

11:58, 07 Dec 2017 by Michael Green