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Governance

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 Governance background. If you have experience in this area and want to play a role in helping us, we’re 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 Governance Trustee will include the following:

  • Ensuring the charity adheres to best practices in relation to the proper governance of the charity’s activities
  • Advising on corporate governance developments pertinent to the activities of the charity
  • Inputting to the strategic direction of the charity, contributing with insight and experience of strategy formulation in other sectors
  • Assisting with the creation of strategic plans which will comply with current legislation and governance best practice

Desirable skills

  • A qualified Solicitor or Barrister with at least 5 years’ experience
  • Knowledge of the Charities Governance Code

Board Meetings

There are normally six board meetings a year. Meetings are held in person at Friends of the Elderly Ireland’s offices 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.