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Treasurer Age UK Kensington & Chelsea

This is an opportunity to join the board of a growing and innovative organisation striving to support more older people across the borough of Kensington & Chelsea in different and new ways.

  • Location: London. 1 Thorpe Close, London, W10 5XL.
  • Salary: Unremunerated with reasonable expenses paid.
  • Closing date: CLOSED FOR APPLICATIONS

Age UK Kensington & Chelsea (£2.9 million) is a community-based charity working in the heart of Kensington & Chelsea to ensure that older people’s voices are heard, their needs are met, and their independence is supported. We are a team of 95 staff who provide a wide range of services including advice & information, and a variety of activities which improves wellbeing and address the issues of loneliness and isolation among older people. Our services range from informal social and leisure activities through to more practical assistance, social prescribing and in light of the pandemic, delivering large scale humanitarian response from the first day of lockdown in 2020. We are part of the fabric of Kensington & Chelsea – a diverse and vibrant borough with need and demand for more services and innovation for older people.

As the UK was affected by the global pandemic, we were extremely concerned about the impact on older people and so we were ready to deliver our response from the first day of lockdown and it meant we were able to support over 1000 isolated older people across Kensington and Chelsea every week for over four months. We supported people with weekly care packages, fresh meals, basic supplies, keeping in touch calls, remote information and advice and bespoke activity packs for older people living with dementia. Alongside transport to and from vaccination sites, it was a concerning time but one which we look back on with great respect and admiration for our community, our volunteers, our service users, staff, board, and partners.

Prior to the pandemic, we introduced in partnership with the NHS, My Care, My Way which has continued to grow from strength to strength with over 40 Health and Social Care Assistants working with over 7,000 patients with support to reduce hospital admissions and promote independence. Every NHS registered GP practice in Kensington & Chelsea is now signed up to My Care, My Way.

We also established our own trading arm “Age United” which works with Social Prescribing Link Workers across Kensington and Chelsea who support those aged 18-65 which enables us to support more people and we work closely with the council, CCG and Primary Care Network to deliver this project and grow our reach and impact.

More people are living longer lives and as an organisation we need to be fit for the years to come and ready to deliver the services our older people tell us they need. We are developing innovative new offers such as our upcoming pilot to deliver an evidence based long term supportive intervention for people living with Dementia and exploring how exciting developments in technology can best support people as they age.

It is an exciting time to join our board as we have appointed our new Chair, Bob Empson earlier this year and we are currently beginning to create a new three-year strategy. We appointed a number of new trustees to the board during the pandemic with skills in fundraising, communications, marketing and leadership. As our current Treasurer, Ian Hill is stepping down, we are looking to appoint a new Treasurer.

We are keen that our board represents the diversity of our borough and we encourage applications from people from diverse backgrounds and experiences including LGBTQIA+, disabled and people from ethnic minority backgrounds. We are looking for a professional with a recognised accountancy qualification, who can champion our organisation, who is strategic and can offer support and challenge to our board and executive team.

We are a values driven charity and older people are at the heart of everything we do in our community, we are looking for someone who is committed and dedicated to supporting older people. We are looking for a Treasurer passionate about our borough and the impact our charity achieves every day.

The board meets four times a year in the evening for c. three hours and we have two main sub committees, the Finance and Risk committee and our Quality, Performance & Development committee; both meet quarterly for c. two hours. Our new Treasurer will chair the Finance and Risk committee. Our Trading Arm, Age United meets for around an hour quarterly. We hold an annual AGM and also meet annually for a board development/strategy review day and other ad hoc events throughout the year. We expect the time commitment for Treasurer to be approximately 1-2 days per month.

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

Jennifer Horan | Jennifer@peridotpartners.co.uk |  07519 070497

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Welcome from Jess Millwood, CEO

Thank you so much for your interest in our Charity and joining our board as our new Treasurer.

This is an exciting time for Age UK in Kensington and Chelsea (AUKC). For over 40 years we have worked at the heart of the community to ensure that older people are really listened to and supported to stay independent for as long as possible.

We couldn’t do any of this without our brilliant and dedicated volunteers who we are indebted to during the pandemic who supported us to ensure our older people in our Borough were cared for and supported during this time.

We are looking to create a new strategy this year with our newly appointed Chair, Bob Empson, which will involve our community and will shape our organisation to better support our key priorities.

We need to increase our sustainability and innovation, so we have a new focus on fundraising and income diversification. Part of this commitment is the development of our new trading arm, Age United, which you’ll also be a director of.

We’re in a strong financial position, but we are also operating in a wider context of uncertain financing and a rapidly changing healthcare environment. If you’re our new Treasurer, you’ll support us through the next stage of development, partnership working and growth to support and work closely with other partner organisations in our borough and beyond.

We’re committed to partnership working and proud to work collaboratively in our community and with statutory organisations. But most of all, older people are at the heart of everything we do, and everything we want to do.

We’re really grateful to our current Treasurer, Ian Hill who is remaining with us while we recruit our new Treasurer and will hand-over to the successful candidate.

If you want to discuss the role, or have any questions, we encourage you to contact our consultants at Peridot Partners.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Jess Millwood, CEO

Who we are

Age UK Kensington & Chelsea is an independent, local charity working at the heart of the community to make sure that older people’s voices are heard, their needs are met and their independence is supported. We provide a wide range of services including befriending, practical help, information and advice and a variety of social and leisure activities.

Our History

The charity was set up in 1973 as Age Concern Kensington & Chelsea and incorporated as a charitable company in 2000. With the needs of older people always in the forefront of the charity’s work, Age Concern K&C was strengthened by merging with Sixty Plus in April 2009, reflecting the changing nature of the charitable sector and the needs of older people over the years. With the national merger of Help the Aged and Age Concern, the charity became Age UK Kensington & Chelsea in 2010.

Our Aims & Values

At Age UK Kensington & Chelsea, we promote the wellbeing of older people through:

  • Providing services which support independence
  • Learning from this experience to inform our understanding of older people’s needs
  • Ensuring the voice of older people in Kensington & Chelsea is heard
  • Working in close collaboration with other organisations to achieve these aims

Our services

Information and Advice

Befriending

Activities and Events

Dementia & Memory

Loss Advice and Support

Exercise and Walking Support

Practical Support at Home

Basic Footcare Service

Health and Care Navigation

Social Prescribing Link Workers

The Carers Project

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    Closing date: Monday 20th June 2022

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    Interviews: Wednesday 6th July 2022 between 09:00 – 14:00

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