Volunteer opportunity description

Role Title:                CHV Adult Care Trustee

Relations with:       CHV Chair and Board of Trustees, and senior staff and volunteers


Role purpose

  • To assist the Board to see the bigger picture
  • To bring a fresh perspective to plans and strategy
  • To support CHV’s profile and standing in the adult social care and health sectors and ensure this is the highest priority
  • To ensure CHV’s delivery is of the highest standard and complies with safeguarding and other national requirements
  • To advise the Board and staff of national policy developments in the care of older people.
  • To advise the Board and staff of national, regional and local opportunities for support and expansion.


Main Responsibilities

·         Oversee professional standards and delivery to make sure CHV’s service is carried out with integrity and accountability, and is legally compliant.

·         Contribute knowledge of professional standards and delivery to strategic development and major aspects of service development.

·         Contribute to strategic risk assessment of CHV’s activities.

·         Network on behalf of the charity to identify opportunities for funding and/or tendering.

·         Support and encourage staff and volunteers in delivering CHV’s service.

·         Be an active champion of the organisation.

·         Build relationships and rapport between Board and operational staff.

·         Encourage entrepreneurial delivery and support business development and collaboration.


Qualities of an Adult Care Trustee


·         An excellent understanding of the different operational contexts of the public, voluntary and private care sectors.

·         Proven understanding of developments in the national and regional health and social care policy for the care of older people and ability to highlight key implications for other trustees.

·         An empathy towards older people

·         A strong commitment to organisational development and improvement

·         An understanding of the market for the care of older people

·         Knowledge/expertise of any of CHV current and neighbouring social care authorities, commissioning within social care or Local Government

·         Strategic experience within the Health and Social Care sector.

·         Experience of commissioning in Local Authorities or the NHS.

·         An understanding of the UK charity sector and good governance and relevant legislation, eg Data Protection Act, and other statutory requirements.

·         An understanding of the challenges facing small to medium-sized UK charities in maximising

·         Excellent networking skills, influencing and communication skills.

  • An ability to monitor progress and hold staff to account and to ask the right questions about strategy and implementation.

·         A good team player with creative problem-solving.

·         Either first-hand experience of or a strong interest in support for older people.


·         Knowledge of the voluntary sector.


Time Commitment

  • You will be required to commit to around one to two days per month, including a Trustee Board meeting every six weeks.
  • In due course as CHV develops, you may also be a sub-committee member and attend specific meetings.

Our volunteer needs

We need volunteers who are free at these times


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About the organisation

Care Home Volunteers

Norman Edwards
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