Relief Warden -Part time. The Hospital of St Cross and Almshouse of Noble Poverty

Relief WardenPart-time Vacancy

Job Description

The Hospital of St Cross and Almshouse of Noble Poverty is an historic site incorporating medieval almshouses, located south of Winchester and is one of the oldest charitable institutions in the UK.  The site is open to the public, who can visit its Grade 1 listed buildings, fine Norman church and beautiful gardens. 

The charity provides accommodation for up to 24 male residents (‘Brothers’) who are over retirement age and preference is given to those in most need. Brothers are required to live independently; personal and nursing care are not provided in-house.

The Brothers’ Warden supervises the well-being of the Brothers and provides assistance and support.  

The Hospital wishes to recruit an additional Relief Warden to cover annual and other leave which could be needed between Monday and Sunday and occasionally includes bank holidays.

We are seeking a caring, flexible person to provide support and assistance to residents. Duties include making daily checks, keeping records and assisting with general items such as prescriptions and arranging transport. 

Experience of working with the elderly and health and safety awareness is essential. Preference is for a car owner/driver and a first aid certificate will be required; training can be arranged.  The post would suit a retired nurse or carer. 


08:00 to 17:00 Monday to Friday 08:30 and 16:30 Saturday and Sunday


Dependent on experience

Details & an application form

Sharon Bondsfield

The Hospital of St Cross, St Cross Road, Winchester SO23 9SD

Tel 01962 878218


DBS checks are applicable to this role.

2 x Trustee Vacancies

We are Looking for Two New Trustees

The Thrale Almshouse and Relief in Need Charity own almshouses for women over 60 in Streatham and makes donations to good causes in the local area. Our aim is to foster local communities that are resilient and sustainable; creating good places in which to live and grow older.

We are a small organisation, run by six volunteer trustees from the local community, supported by an executive officer who works for the charity a couple of days a month. We are however, well endowed, with a £2m fund which dates back to the Thrale family in the 18th century and even further. We engage a managing agent to run the Almshouses on a day to day basis on our behalf.

This is an exciting time for the charity; we completed a major redevelopment of our almshouses in 2015 and our small grants programme is flourishing. In the next phase of our development, we want to foster better links and partnerships with other organisations across our local area, which spreads from Tooting and Balham in the west, touching Brixton, then Tulse Hill down to Streatham and into  West Norwood and Herne Hill in the east. (SW2, SW12, SW16, SW17, SE21, SE24, SE27)

We are looking for new trustees to join our Board, including someone with housing management or wider housing association/almshouse experience. We are looking for people who are passionate about their local area and ideally involved in other community activities there. We are looking for people who can commit to quarterly meetings and other activities in between. Most of all, we are looking for Trustees who are enthusiastic and keen to get stuck in.

Board of Trustees   Background, key responsibilities and duties

Our current Board has six members. We are looking to recruit new Board members, including someone who can lead on housing management issues  to join us at a time when we are consolidating and strengthening our work in building the community in our Almshouses in Polworth Road, and expanding our support for the local community. We are particularly looking for new members who bring skills and experience in any of the following areas:

  • Housing  development or management : Community engagement: Grant making:
  • Older People: Strategic Planning; Organisational Knowledge; Charity Sector Experience  

At present the Board meets quarterly in the early evening in Brixton.

Managing Agents

Thrale Almshouse and Relief in Need has appointed a local housing association, Housing for Women, to act as Managing Agent on our behalf. Housing for Women provide housing management, resident support and financial services under the terms of an agreed Management Agreement which is reviewed annually

Board Members Key Responsibilities

To ensure that Thrale Almshouse and Relief in Need Charity

•          Complies with its governing document, charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations,

•          Pursues its objects as defined in its governing document,

•          Uses its resources exclusively in pursuance of its objectives.

To contribute actively to the Board of Trustees’ role in giving firm strategic direction, setting overall policy, defining goals and setting targets and evaluating performance against agreed targets.

•          To safeguard the vision and values of Thrale

•          To promote, communicate and extend the engagement of Thrale in the area that makes up the ancient parish of Streatham

•          To help to raise the profile of Thrale

To ensure the effective and efficient administration of the organisation.

•          To ensure the financial stability of the organisation and ensure the organisation operates within a sound financial policy framework.

•          To protect and manage the property of the organisation and to ensure the proper investment of its funds.

As a Charity our Trustee Roles are voluntary.  Out of Pocket and Travel expenses will be paid. We have a Trustee code of conduct and follow the small charity quality model

For more information, see If you would like to find out more about these roles look for our advert on Reach or contact

Our Chairperson is Antoinette Nwufo

Closing date: 23rd October 2020

Head of Housing and Property – London

Responsible to: Chief Executive

Manages: Scheme Managers x2, Community Gardener, Trainee Gardener, Trainee Community Gardener.

Hours: 3 – 4 days per week.

Salary: Up to £50k pa pro rata depending on experience.

Purpose of job

  • Lead the Charity’s Housing and Property operation, delivering a high-quality housing service, ensuring residents’ health and wellbeing.
  • Support the Chief Executive in the leading Charity.

For more information regarding this job role and an application form please click on the link

Scheme Manager: Sheltered Housing – Surrey

Job title: Scheme Manager: Sheltered Housing
Reporting to: Director of Care
Direct reports: Scheme Coordinator; Wellbeing & Leisure Coordinator
Location: Whitgift Almshouses & Whitgift House

Working hours:

  • 1820 hours per anum
  • 7 day/week rota – 8.00am-5.00pm Monday -Fridays with 1 hour unpaid lunch break
  • Weekends 8.00am-2.00pm

Salary: SCP 26-29 (£31,587-£34,569)

For more information & to apply online, please click here

Trustee Vacancy – Care Ashore, Alfold, Surrey

Care Ashore serves all seafarers, fishermen, and their dependents in need, by providing sheltered housing with support and holiday accommodation on its extensive Springbok Estate in rural Surrey. 

The charity also manages a number of commercial activities including property rental, farm rental, camping and caravanning, fishing, clay pigeon shooting, and guest rooms, to generate income to subsidise the cost of services offered to seafarers, and to support capital projects on site.

Care Ashore has faced multiple challenges in recent years, and now that most of these have been or are being addressed we are undertaking a complete ‘refresh’ of our Board. Several longstanding trustees stood down recently, so we seek a number of new colleagues, with a clear focus on building up the Board’s skills in a number of key areas. Current priorities are people with good, current experience of charity governance and/or management (i.e. reporting at Board level), PLUS one or more of the following:

  1. Strong financial skills (preferably a qualified accountant, ideally specifically with experience of charity accounts)
  2. Experience of running residential facilities, especially for older people
  3. Human Resources expertise
  4. Fundraising and/or marketing skills
  5. Property

Given its strong links with the maritime sector, Care Ashore is particularly keen to welcome onto its Board people with the above skills, who have also served at sea – for example in the Merchant Navy, Royal Navy, Royal Fleet Auxiliary, Fishing Fleet etc. However, we also warmly welcome interest from people with other backgrounds and experience.

Please click this link to download the full Candidate Information Pack and information on how to apply. If you have any queries, please email Hayley McDonald at

Closing date 9.00am Tuesday 1st September 2020

Registered Charity Number 207500

Trustee Vacancy – Hillier Almshouses – Guildford

The trustee position requires attendance to 3 board meetings per year, Feb, May and October, they are generally on Tuesday afternoons at 2pm and last for 2 – 2.5 hours. 

We do not have any specific requirements with regard to skills but someone with a bit of financial knowledge or legal knowledge would be a bonus.  What we require first and foremost is someone who can show understanding and empathy for our residents and the almshouse ethos, someone who is happy to join us for coffee and social events occasionally throughout the year and although we have a small team of knowledgeable and experienced staff, it is good to have supportive and understanding trustees who can be hands on if required. 

It is not an onerous position, in fact it is a very nice voluntary role for someone who feels they have time to give something back to the community. 

We are deregistered from the Homes and Communities Agency and do have trustee indemnity insurance. 

We house 29 ladies over 60 years old.

If you are interested please contact Val Richards at for details on how to apply

Trustee Vacancy (Treasurer) – Thames Ditton Almshouse Charity

Job Description

A small charity in Thames Ditton, Surrey, is looking for a new trustee to replace their outgoing treasurer who is retiring at the end of June.

The charity consists of two sites: six cottages in the Station Road and a further six flats in Weston Green. Their residents live independently and the role of the trustees is to support the residents with any issues that might arise and to maintain the upkeep of the properties.

The trustees hold four meetings a year and the treasurer would be expected to make sure that day-to-day contractors are paid and that the yearly accounts are up-to-date.

Contact details

If you would like to find out more about this role and apply, please contact Tanya Arif at

Almshouse Manager – The City of Oxford Charity

Job Description

The City of Oxford Charity provides support to persons in need in the city through financial assistance and the provision of almshouse accommodation.

The Stones Court almshouse, located near the centre of Oxford, dates back to 1700 and has 22 flats, of which one is two bedroomed and the remainder one, all in a courtyard setting. The majority of residents are over 55 years of age but all live independently.

The Manager is responsible for the residents, their welfare and support, and for ensuring that the accommodation is maintained to a very high standard.

This is a part time role of 20/25 hours per week. It comes with a very competitive salary and generous pension arrangements.

Person Specification

Experience of supported housing

Organised and methodical with empathy and understanding

Good knowledge of health and safety, and safeguarding

MS Office skills, a team player with a can-do attitude.

Contact Details

For further information and an application form, please contact the charity at:

or call 01865 247161

Closing Date

26th June 2020

Trustee Vacancy – The Trinity Hospital Charities CIO, Leicester

A vacancy has arisen for the voluntary position of Trustee to assist in the management of The Trinity Hospital Charities CIO charity, which runs a well-established almshouse situated in the City Centre of Leicester.


The Trinity Hospital Charities CIO provides accommodation for its 23 residents who are over 60 years with limited means.

Experience in healthcare, legal or with property backgrounds would be beneficial, as would be the needs of older people.

Working with a board of fellow Trustees, the vacancy would particularly suit someone from the local area who is able to commit to attendance at four quarterly meetings during the year.  Quarterly meetings are usually held at 2.30pm on Thursdays.

How to apply:

Please send application letter and/or CV with details of relevant experience by email, in confidence to the Chair, Mr I Betteridge, at or alternatively, the postal address is 50 Western Boulevard, Leicester, LE2 7BU.

Trustee vacancy – Partis College

Have you thought about volunteering? Do you find that you have some free

time which you would be happy to devote to a worthwhile cause? Would you like to

give something back to your community?

If you have a managerial or consultancy background that enables you to contribute

strategically to the development and success of a project and you share a concern for

older people and Grade I property, then you may be just the sort of person we are looking for to join our Board of Trustees.

Experience in housing management and/or

the care of historic building would be a particular asset.

The almshouses, known as Partis College, were founded in 1825 by Ann Partis,

a local philanthropist, in order to provide affordable accommodation for single women

over 50 years of age and in financial need. She built her almshouses in Newbridge on

the outskirts of Bath. Today the charity consists of 31 Grade I Listed Georgian houses

comprising 3 terraces set around a grass lawn and 3 apartments.

Today the charity consists of 31 Grade I Listed Georgian houses

comprising 3 terraces set around a grass lawn and 3 apartments.

The charity is governed by a Board of 12 volunteer trustees together with an Office

Manager who is a full time employee, and a part-time Chaplain.

The Board meets 4 times a year, and in addition, trustees may be appointed to a subcommittee and come into College as necessary to direct and oversee management of

the charity and the welfare of residents.

To request an application form please contact the office on 01225 421532 (between 8.00 am – 4.00 pm)


Closing date 26th February 2020. Regd. Charity No.200606