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Join Our Board Of Trustees

We’re looking for new volunteer Trustees to join our friendly team. Please see below to see if your skills could help our fantastic retirement organisation to flourish.

What we do

Abbeyfield Bristol and Keynsham Society is a not-for-profit charity, providing supported retirement housing for independent older people at affordable, fully-inclusive rates, and offering the very highest standards of accommodation, comfort, security, companionship and support.

 

How you can help

It’s a great time to be part of Abbeyfield Bristol and Keynsham Society.  The coronavirus pandemic has been an extremely challenging time for us and has made us examine every aspect of our operations.

This really is an exciting period of development. We have four fantastic houses in and around Bristol, with a potential extensive refurbishment and re-modelling project in the pipeline.  It’s a perfect time to join us.

We’re recruiting now for new members with expertise, enthusiasm and energy to join our Board of passionate, forward-looking and dedicated volunteer Trustees.

As a Trustee, you’ll be involved from the very start in the commercial and strategic decision-making about how our Society moves forwards, in exploring the possibilities for new projects, in working to create our vision and to shape the future of our Society.

 

Our houses and our residents

We have four houses offering supported retirement living in lovely surroundings in and around Bristol – in Redland, Henleaze, Hanham and Keynsham.

Residents are encouraged to live as independently as possible, for as long as possible, and they enjoy a great balance of privacy and involvement in the life of the house, free from the stresses and strains of maintaining a property, the worries of coping alone, and the loneliness of isolation.  New friendships, experiences and interests bring a new lease of life to our residents, and give them a fresh perspective at what can be a very vulnerable stage of their lives.

Our residents’ well-being lies at the very heart of everything we do – we consult with them and listen to them carefully, to ensure we are delivering effectively and fulfilling our promise to provide them with the very best possible quality of life.

  

Roles and responsibilities

‘Good governance is a vital part of how organisations operate and are held accountable’ (Charity Commission).

As an Abbeyfield Bristol and Keynsham Society Trustee, your role will be pivotal in our development.

The Board has ultimate responsibility for:

  • directing and reviewing our strategy and objectives for development
  • ensuring best use of our charitable funds, and investing wisely
  • managing & maintaining a strong financial foundation, to enable us to deliver our plans for the future
  • identifying and effectively managing risk
  • ensuring legal and regulatory compliance with increasingly stringent legislation
  • providing leadership and a critical overview of the Society’s activities
  • keeping the Society focused on its core purpose and delivering its charitable aims
  • safeguarding the reputation of the Society
  • monitoring and scrutinising the performance of the Chief Executive and the senior management team
  • being open and accountable, and operating with integrity and transparency

As a Trustee, you will be required to attend quarterly Board meetings.  In addition to this, we have a management sub-committee which holds monthly meetings, focusing on finance, operations and discrete projects, and which reports back to the wider body of Trustees.  We aim to schedule meetings at a time that’s convenient for those in employment.

 

Please note that this is a voluntary role; reasonable expenses will be reimbursed.

 

What we’re looking for

Charity experience, with expertise in the support of older people, social care and housing, property development, marketing, charitable law and human resources will be particularly welcomed, but we would be very interested in speaking to anyone with experience in other areas, who can offer drive, enthusiasm and commitment to our Society.

We’re committed to inclusion in everything we do – we’re keen to create a Board which is representative of the diversity in our local communities, and which gives us a great opportunity to access a broad range of thoughts and ideas.

How to apply

Want to find out more about becoming a Trustee of Abbeyfield Bristol and Keynsham Society?  We’d love to hear from you, so please contact us now to request an application form, and to find out more about the crucial work we do to enhance the lives of older people – and how you can help us achieve it.

 

T:            0117 973 6997

E:            e-mail@abbeyfield-bristol.co.uk

W:          www.abbeyfield-bristol.co.uk

A:            29 Alma Vale Road, Clifton, Bristol BS8 2HL

 

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