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The Organisation:

Friends of the Elderly Ireland is a volunteer-based charity established in 1980 to bring friendship and companionship to older people living alone or who feel lonely. Since opening our doors, we have been working to improve the lives of our older members by offering emotional and social support. With a small staff and a dedicated crew of volunteers, we reach out in various ways to our older neighbours. Our goal is to enable older people maintain their independence while helping them feel connected to a larger community. We offer volunteers the opportunity to join our older members in friendship and celebration of life.

Our focus is on a practical approach to dealing with loneliness and social isolation, alleviating its effects by providing social engagement programmes such as Home Visitation, Friendly Call Service, Social Club and organising Day Trips or Social Events. In the last year we were privileged to touch the lives of over 800 older women and men, all with the help of over 150 volunteers. Friends of the Elderly receives no government funding: all funds are raised from individual and corporate donors.

The Role:

Friends of the Elderly Ireland is seeking a trustee with a Communications background. If you have experience in this area and want to play a role in helping us, we are keen to hear from you. 

General Trustee duties of a Charity Trustee

  • Ensuring compliance with the charity’s governing documents
  • Ensuring the charity is complying with its charitable purpose for the public benefit
  • Acting with reasonable care and skill in the best interest of the charity
  • Ensuring responsible management of the assets of the charity

General Responsibilities of a Communications Trustee will include the following

  • To oversee the development and implementation of an integrated strategic communications plan to advance brand identity of the organisation and its major donors 
  • Develop market position and brand of the charity to a variety of audiences to enable it to fulfil its mission and aims 
  • Promoting and enhancing the Friends of the Elderly Ireland brand
  • Advising on Public Relations

Board Meetings 

There are normally six board meetings a year. Meetings are held in person at Friends of the Elderly Ireland’s offices, located at 25 Bolton Street, Dublin 1. Occasional virtual attendance can be facilitated. Meetings are held in the evenings.

The Board encourage new trustees to join a board sub-committee. There are three sub-committees – Finance and Audit, Fundraising and Communications, and Governance.

A schedule of dates for 2023 meetings is available upon request.