Trustees wanted at The Care Forum

We are seeking to recruit a number of new trustees who have relevant skills and experience, but, above all, interest and enthusiasm to make a positive contribution to the work of The Care Forum. We are particularly interested in recruiting from under-represented groups and from across the whole region.

If you are interested in joining us, please contact:

Angela Bragg tel no 01179589302 (Tues – Thurs) or email angelabragg@thecareforum.org.uk.

The Care Forum is a registered charity working across Bristol, South Gloucestershire, Bath and North East Somerset, Somerset and North Somerset. We have grown substantially in recent years and have a turnover of around £1.5m. We employ about 70 members of staff and have over 150 volunteers.

Our mission is to promote health and wellbeing for all and to challenge inequalities in health and social care policy and services.

Our aims are:

  • Individuals and groups are empowered to represent themselves, to be heard and to make informed choices
  • Voluntary and community sector organisations and individuals are able to participate fully and equally in the design, delivery and improvement of services
  • People’s access to high quality services is improved

We fulfil our Mission and Aims by:

  • facilitating communication, consultation and networking for local voluntary and community groups operating in the fields of Health and Social Care;
  • empowering and supporting people to voice issues about local statutory and voluntary health and social care services and to influence the direction of policy and practice;
  • providing free advocacy services to vulnerable individuals;
  • providing an extensive range of information about and signposting to local health, well-being and care services;
  • managing the Healthwatch programmes for Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset, Somerset and South Gloucestershire.

Our Trustees are all volunteers whose primary duties are to set and lead the strategic direction of the charity, to hold the executive officers to account and to oversee the finances and resources of the organisation to ensure they are properly administered.

The Board of Trustees meets six times a year, usually on Wednesday afternoons, at The Vassalls Centre in Fishponds in Bristol. Trustees are encouraged to participate in whole organisation training and conferences and to form links with particular service areas