Who we are
At St Raphael’s Hospice, we strive to improve the lives of those affected by terminal or life-limiting illnesses, giving them and their carers the confidence to cope and enjoy the best quality of life possible. We care for patients wherever and whenever they need us. When life comes full circle, we are there for our community, enabling them to live their life to the full. We believe that hospice care is about life and living, not just death and dying.
For over 30 years we have been providing expert hospice care for people in Merton and Sutton at no charge, aged 18 and over irrespective of their race or religion. We are there for everyone who needs us at the most difficult time of their lives - to hold one’s hand and to soothe the soul, not just for the relief of pain.
St Raphael’s Hospice was founded and supported for many years by the Daughters of the Cross charity, and became an independent Hospice in autumn 2020. This is an exciting time to become involved with our organisation, as we grow our community offering and local presence.
This is an exciting opportunity to join St Raphael’s Hospice during a time at which the Communications and Fundraising teams are growing to support local outreach.
The Board of Trustees for St Raphael’s Hospice and our Board Committees play an important role in setting the strategy for the organisation, and receiving updates on all areas of the Hospice’s delivery. The Board and Committees have a welcoming and inclusive ethos and meet regularly throughout the year at our Hospice site in Sutton. We welcome Board members and patients from all backgrounds and communities. Reflecting our history as a Hospice and strong links with the Daughters of the Cross charity, a majority of our Trustees are members of the Catholic faith.
We are looking for a new Trustee to join our Board, and also the Fundraising & Communications Committee. This role would be ideal for anyone with knowledge and experience of marketing and communications, and we would welcome applications from individuals from the private, public or charity sectors. We would particularly value expertise across the following areas:
· Organisational communications and marketing planning
· Effective use of social media tools and campaigns
· Strategic events and partnerships
· Linkages between communications and fundraising/ income generation activities
The Board member who is selected will play an important role in providing strategic challenge and support on our growing work on outreach and engagement, to ensure the visibility of the Hospice in the local area. The total time commitment involved would be 6 Board meetings and 4 Committee meetings each year.
It is not a requirement to have previous experience on a Board or Committee to apply for this role. For individuals who would be looking to take on their first Board or Committee role, we would provide bespoke induction and mentoring through our staff team and Board.
The successful candidates will need to bring strong interpersonal skills, contribute their expertise, and show commitment to the work and mission of the Hospice.
All Board and Committee roles are subject to a DBS check.
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