We are looking for committed Christians with a range of skills and experience and a passion for the issues facing older people. We are seeking people with a vision who can provide strategic direction at an exciting time for this long-established charity.
Pilgrims’ Friend Society (PFS) is a leading Christian provider of residential, dementia care and housing for older people, tracing its history back to 1807. With 15 schemes throughout England and Scotland, serving around 450 people, our schemes are well-known for their Christian character, and are managed on Christian principles. We are also a leading provider of resources such as books and other publications, conferences and seminars on the Christian perspective of caring for older people.
Our experience of providing hands-on care, and of how to work with older people to enable fulfilled living, equips us to make a significant contribution to furthering Christian ministry as the UK population ages. Alongside local churches, we believe that there is a huge opportunity for us to be an effective witness to, and influence on, how Society thinks about older people and the purposes that God has in store for them.
We are looking for committed Christians with relevant skills and experience to join our Board of Trustees.
About us and about you:
The ageing of the UK population will create significant opportunities for Christian outreach and service. There will be more people who want and need Christian care and support and we aim to provide places for them to live. Our Vision is “Fulfilled Living”, by which we mean older people receiving the Christian encouragement, care and support that they need to live fruitful, productive and dignified lives. (Psalm 92).
As we turn our focus to our ambitious 'Renewal Programme', we have a strong desire to build new state-of-the-art Christian care homes that work with churches to encourage their ministries in the community with older people. We are also keen to invest in and keep improving the care homes and housing schemes that we already manage so that they continue to perform well.
We are now looking to enlarge our Board of Trustees with Christian people who can share our vision for the future and help us provide strategic direction.
The Society is founded on Christian principles and we regard our work as a calling from God. New trustees will be unequivocal in their commitment to our evangelical basis of faith and will guard this as an essential distinctive that needs to be outworked in all areas of the Society’s work.
Our trustees work with the Executive Team to turn our calling into plans of action that help the charity to achieve its objects, which can be summed up as “Advancing the Christian Faith amongst older people”
We need our trustees, therefore, to:
- Develop and guard the charity’s Christian distinctiveness – although we want to learn from the best work and approaches to care, we want the design of our work to start with Biblical truth.
- Provide the charity with strategic direction in the face of a challenging and changing environment.
- Oversee the delivery of the work by the Executive Team.
- Ensure compliance with the Charity Commission’s requirements (as expressed in their “Governance Code” which is at the heart of our governance processes).
- Provide insight and direction in areas where the charity needs specific expertise and insights, notably: Finance; Property; Legal; Marketing and Communications; Digital/IT and Change Management.
Will you join us and share your know-how in this time of change and development?
See the Trustee Information Pack for full details.
Time Commitment Required:
The trustees meet 5 times a year on weekdays in London and there is one overnight meeting with the charity’s managers out of London. Trustees are also expected to be able to attend one of our Annual Conferences which take place in the Spring and to be present at one of our homes to participate in the Day of Prayer that we hold in June each year.
Trustees are responsible for approving the admission of people to our residential schemes. Trustees will pray regularly for the work of the Society and will prepare in advance for Board meetings by reading papers provided.
Most of the Board’s business is conducted at the Board meetings. There are three sub-committees, that meet separately from the main Board, to audit our care and finance procedures and oversee the strengthening of the charity, These committees usually meet on the morning of the main Board meeting.
It is anticipated that the above might amount to a time commitment of up to ten days a year.
All candidates will be required to sign the doctrinal basis and we will take references from the candidate’s church minister.
For more information about Pilgrims' Friend Society, click here.
Closing date: Wednesday 15th April 2020.
This is a voluntary role and you will be reimbursed with reasonable expenses.
We provide trustees training in a variety of topics and we anticipate that our trustees will take part in these.
Pilgrims’ Friend Society is a registered charity. Our Christian ethos is central to everything we plan and do. We welcome applications from people of all backgrounds.