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Philanthropy Trustee Starlight

Starlight aims to ensure that children’s healthcare services fully reflect the importance of play to their health, wellbeing, resilience and recovery. Could you join their Board and help accelerate their impact on young lives through your philanthropic knowledge and networks?

  • Location: London
  • Salary: Reasonable expenses paid
  • Closing date: 9 a.m. Monday 13th May

Who we are.

Starlight is the national charity for children’s play in healthcare. They support children to experience the power of play during treatment, care and recovery from illness in more than 600 healthcare settings across the UK.

Starlight believes that children’s healthcare services should fully reflect the importance of play to their health, wellbeing and resilience and that every child who is an inpatient should have daily play opportunities, appropriate to their condition, supported by dedicated play staff. They aim to enable all children in the UK to have their right to play protected and provided for when they are receiving healthcare – in or out of hospital.

Their recent report shows:

  • 71% of Trusts and Health Boards do not have a designated budget for play resources.
  • 85% of Trusts and Health Boards have no appropriate guidance or standards for health play.
  • An average ratio of only one full-time HPS for 3,986 child admissions to hospital per year and there are 1.8 million hospital admissions for 0-17 year olds each year.

Starlight provides toys, technology, toolkits and training for play professionals to alleviate the immediate trauma that children are experiencing in hospitals across the UK. Using their uniquely curated research and evidence base, they also work towards systemic change in healthcare, galvanising a collaborative effort for the changes that are needed through policy and advocacy work.

“Starlight believes in the art of the possible.”

Kate Pye, Former Deputy Director for CYP Nursing, NHS England

About the role.

Starlight’s income needs to grow in pace with demand for its vital role as Champion and Protector of Play. The new Philanthropy Trustee role has been created to support this growth in a collaborative, relational and strategic way. This new Trustee will support the development of collaborative relationships and partnerships with individuals and organisations to grow income. They will bring a passion for Starlight’s work, ideas, introductions and opportunities as well as a contemporary and values-led mindset. They will work with the CEO and Director of Fundraising and Marketing to generate high-value philanthropic support in an enlightened and empowering way.

“The new Philanthropic Trustee will be key to accelerating and sustaining Starlight’s impact. Could you join our Board and bring your philanthropic knowledge and networks so that they can positively transform healthcare for children?”

Cathy Gilman, CEO

Who we are looking for.

An individual with a commitment to Starlight’s mission and vision and an understanding of how to create strategic income growth through relationships with individuals and organisations.

A person with a positive partnership approach to working.

“Children should be living every day – even when they’re sick.”

Dr Thomas Leth Frandsen MD PhD Chief Medical Project Officer at Mary Elizabeth’s Hospital, Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen

Benefits.

The chance to make a transformative difference to children’s experience of healthcare across the UK through play.


For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultant at Peridot Partners:

Marie McQuade | marie@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07903 442646

If you would like to know more about this role please contact Marie McQuade

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Welcome from the Chair of Trustees

Welcome to Starlight!

Thank you very much for your interest in being a Trustee at Starlight, I can say from the heart that this is one of the most rewarding roles I’ve ever had!

Starlight is the national charity for children’s play in healthcare. We support children to experience the power of play to boost their wellbeing and resilience during treatment, care and recovery from illness. Although often overlooked, play is a human right and is essential to alleviate the trauma that children can experience going through treatment.

As paediatric hospital admissions continue to rise in an under-resourced NHS, it is ever more important that children’s healthcare services should fully reflect the importance of play to their health, wellbeing, resilience and recovery, and that every child has access to daily play opportunities, appropriate to their condition, supported by dedicated play staff.

Our “Reducing trauma in healthcare report”  demonstrates the gap that we need to close, if all children in the UK are going to have their right to play protected and provided for when they are receiving healthcare:

  • 71% of Trusts and Health Boards do not have a designated budget for play resources.
  • 85% of Trusts and Health Boards have no appropriate guidance or standards for health play.
  • An average ratio of only one full-time HPS for 3,986 child admissions to hospital per year and there are 1.8 million hospital admissions for 0-17 year olds each year.

We need to address the inequalities in access to play and improve the hospital experience for every child.

Over the next 3 years we aim to significantly increase awareness of Starlight; as well as the income that we generate through philanthropy, corporate partnerships, events and trusts & foundations. We have had some outstanding results from Trustees working in partnership with the Starlight team to make warm introductions which have led to significant offers of support and partnership.

With even more support from Trustees who are willing to build and grow Starlight networks and relationships we are confident that we can make the most of opportunities and accelerate our progress, despite the challenges of the financial environment. I hope you’ll be inspired by our mission to ensure that every child has the opportunity to live their life fully, even when they are sick.

If you’d like to understand more, please do have a chat with Cathy, our Chief Executive and I look forward to reading your application.

Best regards,

Alain Wolffe
Chair of Trustees

Accessibility information

Health play specialist Flo takes a baby box provided by Starlight Children’s Foundation to children on Whittington hospital’s paediatric ward. Play is vital for children’s wellbeing. Play reduces fear and trauma for children in hospital, and boosts their physical and mental health and resilience during treatment and recovery from illness.

We understand that different members of the community have different access needs and have made some modifications to the way we do business to accommodate people from diverse communities and abilities.

Our accessibility provisions include:

  • Step-free access to the building, all key meeting rooms and bathrooms, and an accessible workstation.
  • Accessibility dogs are welcome.
  • Interviews can be held in meeting rooms that support hearing loops.
  • Papers and materials can be presented in different formats.
  • A sign language interpreter can be accessed for interviews.
  • Working patterns and locations can be adjusted.

Applicants with a disability are invited to contact us in confidence at any point during the recruitment process to discuss steps that could be taken to overcome operational difficulties presented by the role, or if any adjustments or support are required regarding the recruitment process.

For further information or to organise a conversation, please contact our advising consultant at Peridot Partners:

Marie McQuade | marie@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07903 442646

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    Timetable

    Closing date: 9 a.m. Monday 13th May 2024
    Candidates informed of outcome: After Monday 20th May 2024
    Interviews (in person): Thursday 6th June 2024
    Attend board meeting: Wednesday 10th July 2024


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