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Join the board of an inspirational charity that has been providing exceptional care and support to people for over a century.

  • Location: Remote/Woking or London
  • Salary: Reasonable expenses paid
  • Closing date: CLOSED FOR APPLICATIONS

Who we are

Friends of the Elderly is a registered charity that aspires to a society where all older people have the opportunity to live happy and fulfilled lives. To achieve this, we deliver high-quality services personalised to individual needs and integrate these with local communities. We run care homes and day care centres across England, working with partners to increase our impact and raise awareness about the issues that affect us as we get older.

Our care homes provide residential, nursing and specialist dementia care for those who need more support. Day care services support older people living with dementia, and the families who look after them.

We aim to reduce loneliness by ensuring older people have access to social support and a range of activities and services.

For those on a low income, Friends of the Elderly also offer a grants service to help older people meet the unexpected costs of daily living and to stay connected with their families and communities.

As one of the oldest care providers in the UK, Friends of the Elderly continually evolves and strives to improve as a charity. In 2017, the charity reviewed and upgraded its approach to dementia care by partnering with the University of Worcester’s Association for Dementia Studies to enhance the quality of life for those people using its services who were living with dementia.

The resulting internal Dementia Education Programme is now well-embedded, with dementia champions at all services.

Before the pandemic, Friends of the Elderly refreshed its strategic objectives to reflect the recognised need for flexible care and accommodation.

Our plans for the future are to continue to provide high-quality services that are personalised to individual needs and integrated with local communities, and to develop age-friendly homes alongside our residential care homes.

The charity enjoyed the Royal Patronage of Queen Elizabeth II for many years and is proud to have HRH Princess Alexandra as its President.

Who we are looking for

Friends of the Elderly is looking for two new Trustees with experience and advanced skills in finance and social care.

Finance

The Financial Trustee will be a senior financial leader with experience in the commercial, public or charity sector — and potentially familiarity with social care.

You will have knowledge and experience in complex financial management and growth. FotE needs someone who can offer strategic leadership guidance at this pivotal time in the organisation’s development and assist the board in ensuring sound financial and resource management during a period of significant change.

Members of the Board of Trustees are also members of at least one board committee. There are also opportunities to sit on the charity’s Safeguarding Adults Sub-Committee.

Social Care

The Social Care Trustee should have leadership experience in the social care sector, and a good understanding of areas such as residential care, safeguarding, quality and compliance.

You will provide strategic oversight and guidance to the board, drawing on skills and knowledge gained during your career in the social care sector, whether through commissioning, service provision or regulation.

FotE is looking for someone with the ability to understand the charity’s multi-faceted nature and how the organisation fits into the wider sector.

We are looking for people who have an appreciation of the regulatory environment FotE operates within, and an awareness of the development opportunities that would best benefit those we look after. Experience in the charity sector would be welcomed but is not essential.

Members of the Board of Trustees are also members of at least one board committee. There are also opportunities to sit on the charity’s Safeguarding Adults Sub-Committee.

Time commitment

The board meets online four times a year for two hours and holds an annual in-person away day in Woking or central London.

Individuals need to commit to these meetings as well as offering strategic guidance and relevant connections where possible, to support the development of Friends of the Elderly. Trustees will be expected to join one of three board committees. These also meet quarterly for two hours online.

The commitment is anticipated to be an average of one day per month overall.


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

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

Ellen Norwood | ellen@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07944 354762

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

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Welcome from the Chair

Thank you for expressing an interest in joining our team at Friends of the Elderly.

We are dedicated to helping people live well in later life through our friendly care homes and day care services, and to supporting those experiencing financial hardship through our grants programme.

Friends of the Elderly has been helping people since 1905, constantly adapting over time to meet people’s changing care and support needs.

Now is no different, and our strategy involves some exciting, if challenging, change ahead as we continue our journey in a post-pandemic world.

We are looking for capable and dedicated people to join our Board of Trustees and help us on that journey. You will join a team that is motivated by a desire to provide the best care and support possible to older people.

From the board and central support teams, to our dedicated care home and day care staff, we all share a vision of a society where older people can live fulfilled lives.

If you share that vision, and want to contribute to a really worthwhile cause, I do hope you will consider joining us, whether as a Trustee, or as an Independent Chair of one of our Committees.

Chris Maidment
Chair

About Friends of the Elderly

Our vision

We aspire to a society where all older people have the opportunity to live fulfilled lives.

Our mission

We will do this by delivering services personalised to individual needs and integrated with local communities.

Our values

We will always:

  • Promote wellbeing.
  • Strive for excellence.
  • Treat people with respect.
  • Keep everyone safe.

Our aims

  • To ensure older people have access to safe, high quality care and support services.
  • To ensure older people in our communities have access to social support, activity and opportunities to combat loneliness.
  • To operate services sustainably and ethically to safeguard the charity’s legacy, and its future.

Our objectives

  • Achieve better outcomes for all.
  • Provide outstanding care.
  • Become an employer of choice.
  • Deliver financial sustainability and accountability.

Our history

In 1905, The Church Army League of Friends of the Poor was founded following an appeal by The Church Army’s founder, Wilson Carlile, for volunteers to befriend poor families.

In 1911, Friends of the Poor became an independent organisation. For over 100 years, we have been responding to the changing needs of people and society.

Our first grants service was established in 1905 and, in 1914, the charity received over 28,000 letters from people requesting support.

After the First World War (1914-1918), we provided ‘Penny Dinners’ in some of the poorest districts of London and helped men to get work, back-pay and pensions when they returned home from the war.

The need for our support increased during the Second World War (1939-1945), particularly in the areas of London devastated by bombing.

By 1945, we had four residential care homes and our work began to focus on older people.

As the number of older people requiring nursing care increased throughout the 1960s, we responded with nursing wings in our residential homes and by supporting older people in their own homes or in other nursing homes.

We changed our name to Friends of the Elderly in 1972 and have been providing services that support older people ever since. Our community services support people to remain living independently in their own homes and our care homes provide residential, nursing and specialist dementia care for those who need more support.

For those on a low income, our grants service continues to help older people today to meet the unexpected costs of daily living and stay connected with their communities.

Our day care centres support those living with dementia and the families who care for them, and our care homes provide residential, nursing, and specialist dementia care for those who need more support.

Our present

Friends of the Elderly has refreshed its strategy to reflect changes to the way people want care and support. We have undertaken extensive research with people receiving our services, staff, and communities to better understand how people want to be supported in later life and where we can meet these needs.

Our plan for the future is to continue to provide high-quality services that are both personalised to individual needs and integrated with local communities. Through investment in contemporary facilities, we will support those who live in and around our services to live well with dementia and to overcome loneliness and isolation.

Supported by our staff and volunteers, people will be able to participate in activities that support independent living and promote social engagement. We use our resources to encourage those in and around our communities to use their time and talents to bring people together.

Meeting the recognised need for flexible care and accommodation, we plan to develop age friendly homes alongside our residential care homes. Our experienced and skilled care teams support people who use our services to live with independence, dignity, security, and respect.

We provide people with the opportunity to pursue their own interests and be valued for the contribution they make to community life.

At the heart of our strategy is a continued commitment to providing a range of residential care services, alongside other community-based options.

Alongside our care services, grant-giving is a fundamental part of our activities. We receive many applications and provide small grants to older people in financial need. This might be for replacing something as basic but important as a cooker or washing machine, for those who cannot afford to do so; enabling older people to get digitally connected; helping with utility bills; or providing daily essentials such as bedding and clothing.

We know from the feedback we receive, the positive impact these small grants have on older people’s lives, often when they have nowhere else to turn.

Read our 2023 charitable update

Accessibility information

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. We offer the following amenities:

  • Step-free access to our central office, all key meeting rooms and bathrooms, and an accessible workstation.
  • Accessibility dogs are welcome.
  • 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 consultants at Peridot Partners:

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

Ellen Norwood | ellen@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07944 354762

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    Timetable

    Closing date: 9 a.m. Monday 8th April 2024
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