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Galway Children's Grief Centre is seeking new Board Members to lead in supporting children who are grieving.

Would you like to lead with us in providing a much-needed support service to children and young people affected by loss through death, separation or divorce in Galway?

HopeSpace will open its doors in Galway city in mid-September to provide a free, professional, safe, accepting and compassionate support service for children and young people. Death, separation and divorce change the shape of a family and the impact on a child or young person can be very significant and far-reaching. HopeSpace will walk the journey with the bereaved child or young person and provide support, care and an open ear to hear their story.

The Board of Trustees is now recruiting additional skilled and motivated individuals to help us make this service the best that it can be and make a real difference in the lives of bereaved children. The children of Galway deserve this service.  We are recruiting for a variety of roles including a director of strategic planning, a director of communications, a director of child protection and a director with a child psychology background.

General duties of a member of the HopeSpace Board of Trustees

  • Ensure that HopeSpace is complying with its charitable purpose for the public benefit
  • Ensure that HopeSpace assets are being managed efficiently and properly
  • Provide efficient and effective strategic leadership of HopeSpace.
  • Uphold and work towards achieving  the vision, mission, values and objectives of HopeSpace
  • Ensure HopeSpace complies with relevant legal requirements.
  • Ensure there are strategies and policies in place that support the objectives of HopeSpace
  • Provide general advice to the Board in your area of responsibility.
  • Take an active role in one or more subcommittees of the Board

Essential Experience, Skills and Personal Qualities

  • Professional experience and a track record in leadership and governance
  • An enquiring mind, with the confidence to challenge constructively.
  • Recognition of the importance of supporting collective decisions.
  • Strong interpersonal, communication and listening skills.
  • Commitment to the vision and values of HopeSpace
  • Understanding of good governance and experience in implementing good governance practice in the private, non-profit or public sector
  • Passion for and commitment to the welfare and wellbeing of children and young people

Desirable Experience, Skills and Personal Qualities

  • Good understanding of the community and voluntary sector in Ireland
  • Experience working in a non-profit organisation in a paid or voluntary capacity
  • Board-level experience in the non-profit sector


Time requirement (this is an approximation)

  • Preparing for and attending approx ten Board meetings per year at an agreed location in Galway or online: 2 hours prep and 2 hours meeting x 10 meetings per year = 40 hours
  • Preparing for and attending 6 subcommittee meetings per year: 2 hours per meeting = 12 hours
  • Providing expert advice to the Board on specific issues as they arise: 12 hours


Application process

To apply, please email your CV and a brief cover letter outlining your suitability and motivation for applying, addressed to Declan Farrell, Chair of the Board of Trustees to Please state “Member of the Board of Trustees’ in the subject line of your email. The deadline for applications is Friday 15 July. Informal discussions with short-listed candidates will occur following this date

Galway Children's Grief Centre is seeking new Board Members to lead in supporting children who are grieving.

Published on 23.06.2022

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