SSD has 29 staff, 100 volunteers and an annual turnover approaching a million pounds a year. The Board of the Trustees has the legal responsibility for the organisation and its work. They decide the strategic direction and major policy and financial issues and employ staff who undertake the day-to-day work.
Our Current Services include: hospital services; visually impaired peoples information programme; rehabilitation services; home support service; mobile resource centre; sports and leisure activities; resource centers; children and young people’s service.

The Role of a Charity Trustee.
Our Trustees are responsible for controlling SSD governance. They are responsible for ensuring that the charity’s resources are used for the purposes set out in our governing document (constitution) and for no other purpose. Trustees have a responsibility to act reasonably and prudently in all matters relating to the charity, and have a responsibility to act in the best interests of the organisation.
Above all, our trustees need to work together as a team to ensure the charity is run effectively and efficiently.

We are always keen to recruit trustees who can bring new skills to the board. Meetings for trustees are held approximately six times per year near SSD main offices in Derby and usually in the afternoons (2-4.00pm).
In addition we hold a number of organisational events throughout the year, often connected to our fundraising and volunteer functions and Trustee participation is encouraged.

The main tasks of a Trustee are:
To read the board papers
To attend the board meetings and play an active role in strategic decision making
To undertake action in support of board decisions as requested
To contribute areas of particular expertise and skill
To maintain confidentiality on all issues
Trustees are volunteers, but travel costs and reasonable expenses will be reimbursed.
We recognise that becoming a trustee can be demanding but we believe that it is also worthwhile. It provides an opportunity for you to share and build your skills, experience and knowledge and to contribute to the wellbeing of the community.