A great opportunity to become a trustee of an important local charity


St Wilfrid’s Hospice is a well-loved and respected local charity which provides end of life care to the people of Eastbourne and surrounding areas of East Sussex.

Our vision is for a community where people talk openly about dying, live well until the end of their life and where nobody dies alone, afraid or in pain. With a paid workforce of 200+ and over 500 volunteers, we support over 1,500 people at the end of their lives, plus those close to them, with person-centred support for their physical, psychosocial and spiritual needs. Our annual turnover is c.£9m, and we are rated ‘outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission.

Our current strategy, Living Well at the End of Life, has a strong focus on reducing inequalities in access to end-of-life care. This, in turn, will improve the quality and experience for people at the end of life in the communities we support. To achieve this we need to grow the level of support, financial and
otherwise, from our communities.

As a result of some recent retirements, we are looking for up to three people to join our current board of trustees (you can read more about our board here). We seek individuals who are forward-thinking, fair-minded and committed to collective decision-making and accountability.

It is not essential to have been in a formal governance role before, we will offer full induction and ongoing training for those selected. You must also be able to commit to the values of the hospice (Compassionate, Professional, Progressive and Respectful) and be available to attend evening board and subcommittee meetings, an annual away day and some fundraising events (a commitment of a minimum of one day per month).

We are particularly looking for people with a background and experience in the following areas:

  • Organisational development and workforce.
  • Working with organisations to become digitally enabled.
  • Using perspectives acquired in the world of business to achieve organisational success.
  • Working across clinical and social care systems.
  • The importance of culture and inclusion and working in collaboration.

St. Wilfrid’s Hospice is working on a programme to make sure that we have a culture that includes and values everyone, no matter their background. We invite those who can help us as we strive to create a more inclusive and diverse environment.

If you wish to apply, please complete the application form (found on the link below) and send your CV to before the closing date.

The closing date for applications is Sunday 7th April and interviews will be held in person at the hospice on Thursday 18th April.

This role is subject to an Enhanced DBS check.

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St Wilfrid’s Volunteer Application Form

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