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Trustees x2 SJOG (Saint John of God Hospitaller Services)

This is an opportunity to join the board of a high-performing, ambitious, award-winning charity, that is financially sound, well-run and innovatively changing social care and the provision of safe houses throughout the UK.

  • Location: Darlington
  • Salary: Unremunerated with reasonable expenses paid.
  • Closing date: CLOSED FOR APPLICATIONS

We are a growing and ambitious organisation with a range of services across England, that support people with experience of homelessness, modern-day slavery, disabled people, autistic people and older communities, primarily funded through contracts with local authorities, Integrated Care Boards and with UK government departments. What makes the charity special is the ambition that we have for the people we are here to support.

We have a great heritage, 140 years and counting, built upon our key value of hospitality. SJOG is here to help, and that’s how we capture our purpose. Every day we say “Come in. You are most welcome. How can I help?

We have experienced such a pace of growth already in four years but also a phase of innovation, culture and infrastructure transformation and high-quality improvement. This has resulted in a charity that has become the leading provider in safe houses for people subject to modern day slavery, whilst growing and maintaining our long history of providing support to disabled people and providing specialist dementia care, alongside our homes services. In this time our organisation has opened 25 new services all of which are performing at a high level and has enabled our organisation to go from strength to strength wherein we are financially sound and we have created a values led environment where people want to work and contribute to our future.

In 2021 we launched our new “Doing Good” strategy, with our 12 strategic goals, you can read more about our strategy here. We’re now looking for two new trustees who can bring skills and experience to a strong board, who can help us target the £25 million income of the charity to deliver the maximum benefit.

We are looking for prospective trustees to ask what we do – “how can I help”, you can support SJOG by becoming a trustee and using your extensive knowledge and expertise of social care and policy.

We are looking for a range of people who bring a diverse wealth of experience across adult and/or children’s social care, education, SEN, disability, modern-day slavery, trafficking, health policy, housing policy, social care policy and beyond.

We are looking for people who are strategic, curious, ambitious and want to be part of our next period of growth and development as we look to open new, innovative and different services that have a high-quality impact and support our communities.

We want our trustees to reflect the people and communities we are active in and we want to ensure our board members have a personal lived experience or through a loved one of what our communities experience this could be the experience of social care, dementia, disability, autism, homelessness, and/or modern day slavery. Although we have religious roots as an organization, this does not mean you have to be religious to join the board, but we are looking for people who share our values.

The board meets four times a year for c. 3 hours in Darlington, however, we are open to exploring a new venue for in-person meetings. One of these meetings is our strategy away day and these meetings are held in a hybrid fashion. Our trustees will join one subcommittee, our sub-committees include the Quality Committee and the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee, which meet 4 times a year and tend to be held virtually. We expect with reading, calls, informal conversations and other ad hoc activities, the time commitment will be up to 1 day a month.


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

Jennifer Horan | jennifer@peridotpartners.co.uk | 075190 70497

Todd Johnson | todd@peridotpartners.co.uk | 075354 23577

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Welcome

Thank you for your interest in SJOG. We’re delighted you’re thinking about becoming a Trustee of what I think is a special charity. SJOG is here to help, and that’s how we capture

SJOG is here to help, and that’s how we capture our purpose. We’ve been on a bit of a journey over the past 4 years, but we’re now in a really good position to be of more help to more people. The charity is financially sound, but more importantly is growing its reach and delivering high-quality services to people who need help at this point in their lives. We’ve added 25 new services over the past 4 years and are now in 52 communities being of help to disabled people, older people, and increasingly people who are experiencing homelessness, or have been trafficked or subject to modern-day slavery. The policy areas that we cover are diverse but at our heart, we are a charity where people support people and every day we say “Welcome. Come on in. How can we be of help?”

Our growth has been supported by contracts with central government departments, and through relationships with local authorities and integrated health boards. We are thriving, but in our 140-year-old history the need has never been greater and there is more to do.

We are ambitious for the people that we are here to support and I’m hoping that if you are too, then you’ll consider applying for this role.

Emma Gibbons, Chair of Trustees 


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

Jennifer Horan | jennifer@peridotpartners.co.uk | 075190 70497

Todd Johnson | todd@peridotpartners.co.uk | 075354 23577

About the Organisation

Our purpose is to provide people with the skills and the support to gain control of their own lives.

We believe that every person has the right to be supported in a way that does not degrade their dignity.

We don’t have one standard approach but creatively provide help and support to people in the way they want and to meet people’s needs, wishes and aspirations.

Every day we say ‘come in, you are very welcome’ and every day we are inspired by the strength, humanity and hospitality of the people that we work alongside.

Over the last number of years, we have grown rapidly including opening 25 new services, operating in 52 communities in the UK and becoming the largest provider of safe houses for people subject to modern day slavery and trafficking.

We have a rich heritage and are part of an international family of 500,000 coworkers, working in 500 centres of care in 50 countries, and impacting on over 7 million lives every year.

We run a number of key services across the England including;

SJOG Disability Services

We have a 140-year history in supporting disabled people to live how and where they choose.

We provide expert care and support to meet the needs, and support the aspirations, of people with learning disabilities, physical impairments, autism and complex needs.

SJOG Older Communities

SJOG has a long history of providing specialist dementia care and nursing care for older people.

We currently work in partnership with a number of religious orders and congregations to support them in the care of their elderly members and the management of their care homes.

SJOG Homeless Services

In times of crisis, we provide a place of safety and specialist support. People are helped to rebuild their lives, learn new skills and move on to lead fulfilling lives.

We provide housing, and whilst important, we do so much more than this. Working with health colleagues, our service in central London tackles drug resistant tuberculosis and offers a hospital at home to those without one.

SJOG Modern Day Slavery

SJOG’s Modern Slavery Services provide accommodation and outreach services to support victims of trafficking or modern day slavery. Safe-houses provide a safe space and a supportive environment with specialist support to help people rehabilitate and recover from their experiences.

Working in partnership with The Salvation Army as part of the Government’s Modern Slavery Victim Care Contract (MSVCC), teams across the country support people to reflect, recover and rebuild their lives.

Opening 20 new services between 2020 and February 2022, we meet an ever growing need. SJOG is currently the UK’s largest provider of safe houses for people subject to modern day slavery and trafficking, and provides a voice for this marginalised and vulnerable group, and specialist support to help people recover from their experiences, to rehabilitate and rebuild their lives.

All of our safe houses have specialist support teams to provide and provide an environment for victims of trauma due to trafficking and modern slavery to recover and rehabilitate.

Hospitality.. is offering a welcome to those in any kind of need. Every day, we say ‘come in, you are very welcome’ and every day we are inspired by the strength, humanity and hospitality of the people that we work alongside.

Compassion.. the support that we offer is underpinned by the active gift of kindness, caring and a demonstration of being willing to help.

Respect.. we respect the dignity of each person, to choose how they live and our support and care does not degrade a person’s inherent dignity.

Our Values


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

Jennifer Horan | jennifer@peridotpartners.co.uk | 075190 70497

Todd Johnson | todd@peridotpartners.co.uk | 075354 23577

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    Closing date: Monday 20th February 2023
    Candidates informed of outcome by Tuesday 28th February 2023
    Interviews: Friday 10th March 2023

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