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Health/Social Care Trustee

Crossroads Care Oxfordshire
OX3 0EA, Oxford
Unpaid voluntary role
Closing date
17 Mar 2021

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Contract Type
Consultancy / Strategy
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Being a Crossroads Care Trustee means being part of a forward-thinking and strategically-minded group of individuals who seek collectively to address the needs and aspirations of carers and people with care needs.

Role summary

The Board of Trustees is keen to tap into the wealth of experience people who have worked in the health or social care sector have, including understanding and addressing the challenges and obstacles both nationally and locally. The ideal candidate will be someone who can assist us in understanding the challenges of living with or caring for an individual with disability or frailty and has direct professional experience in this area of health or social care services.

Person description

Essentially we are looking for an individual who has empathy with the role of a Carer (those who are family/friends, frequently providing substantial levels of care on a daily basis to a family member, neighbour or friend who has significant levels of disability. The cared for may have dementia, physical or learning disability, mental health issues and can be of any age.

We provide services across the continuum of need - support NHS nurses discharge children home with complex health needs right through to end of life care for the very elderly or sick. Our Trustees believe in the need to support carers and define our goals for the organisation to help these individuals.

We would like the Trustee to have the following experience:

  • Current or Recent experience of working in either health or social care services.
  • Experience of working with individuals and their families living with physical and/or mental health problems and the issues they face.
  • Understanding the priorities of Carers and the support they need to carry on caring.
  • Prepared to articulate the needs of Carers to inform the Trustees of the challenges of being a carer and focus our strategic aims appropriately.
  • Working in a team, being a self motivator and willing to share and air views and knowledge

What's in it for the volunteer?

The Board is made up of a diverse range of individuals; six at present.  We are friendly and highly motivated to ensure Oxfordshire Crossroads is a successful organisation as through its successes we are assured that local residents receive respite and have confidence in us. This is a significant benefit for our members. 

Time commitment

Trustees are expected to attend our Board meetings, usually every 6-8 weeks for 1.5 hrs at the Oxford office, and our annual away day and to contribute to our discussions on the challenges and successes of Oxfordshire Crossroads. Project work will be dependent on Trustees availability.

A few more details

New trustees will be expected to attend a training and orientation session.

Reasonable expenses will be reimbursed.

How to apply

All applications should be sent to the TrusteeWorks team. Please provide your CV and cover letter. Your cover letter must outline: a) Why you want to be a health/social care trustee of Crossroads Care Oxfordshire. b) How you meet the role requirements and what added value you anticipate bringing to the Board as trustee. The charity encourages preliminary enquiries from persons interested in the role.


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