Lincolnshire charity seeks new trustees to help change lives

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A local charity which is helping to change thousands of lives across Lincolnshire is on the hunt for new trustees to support its work.

Lincolnshire Home Independence Agency (LHIA) has a mission to help people facing illness, disability and older age to live independently at home for as long as possible.

In 2017-18 the charity supported more than 3,500 people to remain at home through property adaptations (such as specially-adapted bathrooms and kitchens), home repairs and improvements and caseworker support.

LHIA is now embarking upon plans to reach even more vulnerable people and is seeking three new board members to help drive that change.

Currently the charity is supported by six trustees who work with the Senior Management Team to implement an ambitious programme of change, whilst ensuring high standards of governance, against a backdrop of continuing pressures on local health and care budgets.

Chairman of the board of trustees, Alastair Farquhar, said: “We have a great team of six trustees, but we feel eight would be a really good number to help us drive forward with our plans to reach even more vulnerable people.

“We are looking for board members who can bring enthusiasm, commitment and expertise, together with a wider range of perspectives and experiences, reflecting the diverse and rural communities within our county.”

Trustees are asked to attend a bi-monthly board meeting, usually lasting between two and three hours, occasional sub-group meetings and very occasional events at which they would represent the charity.

Directors of the trading arm are asked to attend three to four meetings a year.

There is also the requirement to spend some time reading background information and documents in preparation for meetings.

Trustees and Directors are appointed in their own right but may bring particular expertise to the board. The positions are honorary and unpaid.

Current members of LHIA’s board represent a cross-section of industries and knowledge, including housing, law, recruitment, policy, independent living and management.

Anyone interested in applying for the roles of trustee and director can contact LHIA for an informal chat with CEO Mick King on 01522 516300, or email trustee Emily Neal at [email protected] with their CV and an explanation of what they could bring to the charity.