Colchester, Essex – CO1

Lady D’Arcy with Fynches and Berryfield Cottages Almshouse Charity is a small, friendly almshouse charity based in the heart of Colchester.  The charity manages 27 properties.

As a volunteer Trustee, you will work with other Trustees to manage and improve the residential buildings and gardens, to appoint new residents and provide pastoral care to the existing residents, and provide good governance of the charity’s services, assets and finances.  The charity contracts the services of  a professional Clerk who manages day to day issues with the residents, liaison with contractors and financial accounting on behalf of the Trustees.

The charity particularly welcomes experience in the following skills

  • Building maintenance and management, experience of refurbishments and knowledge of building regs
  • Experience in social housing provision or welfare of older people

In addition, some local knowledge and interest in the geographical area served by the Charity would be an advantage.  You will be able to contribute regular time and interest to the work of the charity:

  • General communications – 1 hour per week
  • Almshouse visits and associated actions – 4 hours every 3 months
  • Quarterly trustee meeting – 3 hours every 3 months
  • Project work bespoke to the individual trustee’s skill set – as agreed

 New Trustees will serve for a 3-year term in the first instance.

To apply, please send a CV and cover letter to the Clerk at      

For further information or an informal chat, email your name and contact number to the address above and the Clerk or Chairman will get in touch with you.