A CHARITY which helps people with learning difficulties is looking for a new chairperson.

The Maldon Pioneers Association will bid farewell to their Chairman David Williams as he is set to step down and retire at the end of the year.

Secretary Wendy Grieve will also be stepping down in 2021 to focus more on her role as a volunteer helper.

The charity was formed in 1982 to provide help for adults with mild to moderate learning difficulties, whose needs were not severe enough to be eligible for local authority resources.

By providing social activities and friendship, it reduces the risk of the ‘Pioneers’ becoming isolated and disengaged with the community.

Treasurer John Stealey said: “We wish to appoint a new Chair to lead the management committee and take forward the aims of the charity.

“This is a voluntary role and, while previous trustee experience is not essential, we are looking for someone who will provide strategic leadership and ensure good governance.

“Most importantly, the Chair will engage with the commitment given by our volunteers and Pioneers to nurture and expand our core aims.

“The Chair is the management lead for the Activities Organiser who, together with the Treasurer and Secretary, will ensure the smooth running of the charity.

“The secretary will hold all appropriate official documentation to allow for the efficient management of the association.

“You will be rewarded by knowing that you have made a big difference to the lives of people who, without the Maldon Pioneers Association, would become ever more marginalised in the community and society.”

Volunteers will be working from home and will need to commit two days a month.

For details, email John at jsteal@globalnet.co.uk or visit themaldonpioneers.com.