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Chair of Board of Trustees

Link Age Southwark is recruiting a new Chair of the Board of Trustees.
Link Age Southwark is an award-winning local volunteering charity that supports lonely and isolated older people in the community. Our vision is of friendly, vibrant local communities where older people thrive. Our mission is to help older people stay connected with their communities, alleviating loneliness, improving health and wellbeing, and making communities stronger through volunteering. Background Link Age Southwark continues to face rising demand for our services: Over 9000 people aged 65 and over live alone in Southwark. The population of over 90s is set to double over the next decade, and the over 65 age group is predicted to grow by a third by 2015. Dementia is on the increase, with around 1800 people known to be living with dementia in Southwark. Over half of older people consider the television their main form of company. 10% of older people always or often feel lonely. Lonely people are at greater risk of serious physical and mental health problems and more likely to visit their GP, fall, enter in residential or nursing care early, and use A&E. Southwark is the 12th most deprived of London’s 32 London Boroughs. Southwark’s older population ranks 6th most deprived out of 326 local authorities nationally. How we work Link Age Southwark recruits, trains and manages over 400 volunteers to deliver services to over 600 older people across the London Borough of Southwark. Our services are free to everyone aged over 60 who lives in Southwark, and the average age of the people we support is 82. Our volunteers come from across the Borough and beyond. We receive referrals from GPs, other health professionals, social workers, charities, older people themselves and their friends and family. Our experienced staff assess older people in their own homes and connect them to services and activities provided by Link Age Southwark and other partners. Our services include: A volunteer befriending programme, matching isolated older people with a friendly, trained volunteer who visits them once a week; 25 regular activity groups in community settings, ranging from yoga to singing, reminiscence, arts and crafts and many more; Volunteer and wheelchair-accessible transport to ensure older people can access activities outside their homes; A specialist programme of activities for people living with dementia and their carers; Inter-generational work with local schools including computer clubs and social events; and Practical support with light gardening and odd jobs. Main purpose of role To ensure that the Charity is effectively governed in line with best practice in order to ensure its long-term viability and success in achieving its Vision and Mission. To co-ordinate, manage and lead the work of the Trustees and ensure effective succession planning of the board and senior management. To build a positive and harmonious relationship with the Director based on openness, integrity and respect which provides mutual support and constructive challenge (while recognising the broad parameters of their respective roles and responsibilities) so that Link Age Southwark continues to flourish. To represent Link Age Southwark with external parties and be an ambassador for its activities.

Key Accountabilities To fellow Trustees (who elect the Chair); to the Members (mainly through the AGM); to key stakeholders including the Council, Clinical Commissioning Group, funders, volunteers, supporters and other partner organisations; to the older people who use Link Age Southwark’s services and their families; to the Director and staff. Updated: 31-05-2018 at 15:04:39


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