Trustees needed - join us now!

Abbeyfield Bristol & Keynsham Society
N/A - volunteer role
Contract Type: 
Part Time
Quarterly board meetings, plus ad hoc meetings and input as required
Details of Role: 


Trustees needed!  Join us now, and start making a real difference to the lives of older people….

What we do

Abbeyfield Bristol and Keynsham Society is a not-for-profit charity, providing supported retirement housing for independent older people at affordable, fully-inclusive rates, and offering the very highest standards of accommodation, comfort, security, companionship and support. 

How you can help

It’s a great time to be part of Abbeyfield Bristol and Keynsham Society - this really is an exciting period of development and expansion for us.  We have five fantastic houses in and around Bristol, with an extensive refurbishment and re-modelling project in the pipeline.  It’s a perfect time to join us…..

We’re recruiting now for new members with expertise, enthusiasm and energy to join our Board of passionate, forward-looking and dedicated volunteer Trustees.

As a Trustee, you’ll be involved from the very start in the commercial and strategic decision-making about how our Society moves forwards, in exploring the possibilities for new projects, in working to create our vision and to shape the future of our Society.

Our houses and our residents

We have five houses offering supported retirement living in lovely surroundings in and around Bristol – in Redland, Henleaze, Easter Compton, Hanham and Keynsham.

Residents are encouraged to live as independently as possible, for as long as possible, and they enjoy a great  balance of privacy and involvement in the life of the house, free from the stresses and strains of maintaining a property, the worries of coping alone, and the loneliness of isolation.  New friendships, experiences and interests bring a new lease of life to our residents, and give them a fresh perspective at what can be a very vulnerable stage of their lives. 

Our residents’ well-being lies at the very heart of everything we do - we consult with them continually, listen to them carefully and deliver effectively, to ensure we are fulfilling our promise to provide them with the very best possible quality of life.

Roles and responsibilities

As an Abbeyfield Bristol and Keynsham Society Trustee, your role will be pivotal in our development.

The Board has ultimate responsibility for:

  • directing and reviewing our strategy and objectives for development
  • ensuring best use of our charitable funds, and investing wisely
  • managing & maintaining a strong financial foundation, to enable us to deliver our plans for the future
  • identifying and effectively managing risk
  • ensuring legal and regulatory compliance with increasingly stringent legislation
  • providing leadership and a critical overview of the Society’s activities
  • keeping the Society focused on its core purpose and delivering its charitable aims
  • safeguarding the reputation of the Society
  • monitoring and scrutinising the performance of the Chief Executive and the senior management team
  • being open and accountable, and operating with integrity and transparency

As a Trustee, you will be required to attend quarterly Board meetings, one of which usually is combined with our Annual General Meeting in February/March each year.  In addition to this, we have a management sub-committee which holds regular meetings, focusing on marketing, finance, operations and discrete projects, and which reports back to the wider body of Trustees.  We aim to schedule meetings at a time that’s convenient for those in employment.

Please note that this is a voluntary role; reasonable expenses will be reimbursed.

What we’re looking for

Charity experience, with experience in the support of older people, social care and housing, property development, marketing and charitable law will be particularly welcomed, but we would be very interested in speaking to anyone with experience in other areas, who can offer drive, enthusiasm and commitment to our Society.

Closing Date: 
Tuesday, 7 April, 2020 - 23:45
How to Apply: 

Want to find out more about becoming a Trustee of Abbeyfield Bristol and Keynsham Society?  We’d be very interested to hear from you, so please contact us using the attached application form, and to find out more about the crucial work we do to enhance the lives of older people – and how you can help us achieve it. 

T:         0117 973 6997



A:         29 Alma Vale Road, Clifton, Bristol BS8 2HL


Contact Person: 
Frances Stretton, Chief Executive
Contact Email:
Contact Phone: 
0117 973 6997
Postal Address: 
Abbeyfield Bristol & Keynsham Society 29 Alma Vale Road Clifton Bristol BS8 2HL