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Reach Volunteering
London (East), London (Greater)
Voluntary role
Closing date
30 Apr 2021

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Age UK East London is a vibrant and independent charity providing vital support and care for vulnerable older people in East London. We have over 120 staff and 200 volunteers committed to providing professional care in over 30 projects in Hackney, Tower Hamlets and Newham.

We are committed to working with our partners including local housing associations, the CCGs, the NHS and in the respective Local Authorities as well as our other third party partners.

We are looking for people who are committed to improving the lives of vulnerable and isolated older people across East London.

We are looking for people who are committed to improving the lives of vulnerable and isolated older people across East London. Board members would have a passion for developing our staff and the services we offer our beneficiaries to have a positive impact on their lives.

We are committed to equality, diversity and inclusion. We are looking for trustees who offer a range of skills and life experiences, appropriate to the work that we do. If you haven’t been a trustee our induction, and our Trustee Board members will help you to learn the ropes.

Role summary

The Board is responsible for the smooth-running of the organisation and supporting the Chief Executive. You will be supporting our 60 members of staff and part of our 100 strong volunteer team. You will also have the opportunity to learn about how to tackle the challenges that our beneficiaries face, and how to deliver appropriate co-produced services that enrich older people’s lives and enhance the whole community of East London.

Person specification

Running a healthy and successful charity requires a strong Board that offers leadership and challenge in a collegiate and positive way and has our beneficiaries at the core of everything they do. The Board has a strong emphasis on managing risk, in particular financial controls and safeguarding for both our staff, volunteers and beneficiaries.

A blend of the following skills and experience would be beneficial:

  • a commitment to the mission and values of AUEL
  • integrity
  • strategic vision
  • good, independent judgement
  • an ability to think creatively
  • a willingness to speak their mind
  • an understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship
  • an ability to work effectively as a member of a team and to take decisions for the good of AUEKL

We are particularly looking to recruit trustees with legal expertise, experience in a clinical setting and a trustee with experience of charitable accounting.


The Board meets on alternate months on the last Wednesday from 6.00 – 8.00pm in East London. Board members may be asked to commit additional time to support staff recruitment, review tenders and share expertise. 

Board members with finance experience may also join the Finance Sub Committee, subject to approval by the Board. This meets on alternate months.

Travel expenses can be reimbursed.

How to apply

To apply, send a CV and covering letter via Reach Volunteering. Trustees will be required to first complete an induction to the organisation and the Board. This would include site visits and meetings with the CEO, Senior Management Team, Chair and Board members.


Reach is the leading skills-based volunteering charity in the UK. We are the single biggest source of trustees for the voluntary sector in the UK. Connecting people, skills and good causes is our mission and our passion. 

What we do

We help charities and other non-profits find the skills they need to thrive. Every year hundreds of charities recruit volunteers through our service. These volunteers share their skills as trustees, advisors or mentors, carrying out short term projects or ongoing operational roles.  

Our goal is to create a step change in the quality, range and scale of skills-based volunteering and trusteeship in the UK. We are proud of our growing impact.

Why we do it

Charities can boost their capacity, increase their effectiveness and innovate / find new ways of doing things when volunteers donate their professional skills. Trustees play a crucial role in leading charities and overseeing their work. When the trustee board of a charity has a good mix of skills and professional experience, it can govern more effectively.

By supporting charities to recruit volunteers and trustees with valuable skills, we help charities increase their capacity and strengthen their governance.

How we do it

Our online community inspires people to use their skills for social good. We help organisations to make the most of those skills, to think through their needs and to attract the right person. We believe that communication is important in recruiting trustees and volunteers, so our service encourages dialogue between organisations and individuals. Our service is free to volunteers and to most charities. Find out more about when we charge.  

For volunteers and charities

Whether you are an organisation that wants to find a volunteer with particular skills or a new trustee, or an individual who has a skill you want to offer, you can:

  • join the community as a volunteer or as a charity and create a profile
  • explore roles and profiles
  • make contact and talk through what you're looking for 
  • make a match.

Our guides and resources help volunteers and good causes make the most of skills-based volunteering.

Other organisations and partners

We also work with other organisations including:

  • businesses, supporting their staff into rewarding volunteer or board positions
  • funders, supporting their grantees.

Read more about our partnerships.

Find Us
020 3943 9901
Reach Volunteering
17 Oval Way
SE11 5RR
United Kingdom
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