Would you consider bringing your skills, knowledge and experience to the Board of a charity that is passionate about providing older people with supported independent living for companionship and social interaction and diminishing the effects of loneliness and isolation?
Abbeyfield Southern Oaks is a not-for-profit organisation. They provide supported housing for people who are still able to care for themselves and wish to remain independent. Their residents generally don’t want the responsibilities of maintaining a house or flat, or a garden, but they’re not ready to go into a care home. Abbeyfield Southern Oaks currently have four supported houses with between 7-10 residents in each at any one time.
They have recently developed Nonsuch Abbeyfield, a supportive, vibrant retirement village in Surrey, where active, independent living is at its heart. Thirty-six of the flats are leaseholds while the remaining are rented at an agreed affordable rent, frequently when residents have been referred by the council.
Abbeyfield Southern Oaks is affiliated to The Abbeyfield Society, but are independent and run their own affairs. They pay an annual affiliation fee to The Abbeyfield Society and enjoy the benefits of a national brand and access to knowledge and networks of good practice.
2 Board member opportunities: Property Trustee and Company Secretary
With the opening of Nonsuch Abbeyfield, and plans to develop and grow their offer, their newly appointed and excellent Property Trustee needs to collaborate and work alongside another skilled professional in order to cover all that’s required. The candidate would ideally be an experienced senior-level local government or social housing professional with relevant knowledge and experience including housing management, planning, repairs and maintenance and relevant legislation.
In addition, Abbeyfield Southern Oaks’ current Company Secretary wishes to step back after many years of dedicated service and we need to replenish this important range of skills and expertise on the Board. The role would suit a current part-time or recently retired Solicitor or senior Legal Executive fully versed in corporate governance.
In addition to quarterly Board meetings, Trustees may be asked to sit on other committees and attend ad hoc meetings. The time commitment will be on average one to two days a month and can be delivered across the year in a flexible way.
These are exciting opportunities to join the Board of a successful and ambitious organisation making a significant impact on the lives of older people. If you would like to play a leading part in shaping the future of Abbeyfield Southern Oaks in these key roles, we would be delighted to hear from you.
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Abbeyfield Southern Oaks is fully committed to equality of opportunity and diversity to ensure that we reflect the full breadth of the people we aim to support. We work within an increasingly diverse area, and it is important that the Board is representative of the communities that we serve. We would particularly welcome applications from women and people from an ethnic minority background who are currently under-represented on the Board and warmly welcome applications from all suitably qualified candidates.
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