Sidmouth Hospice at Home has been providing care and support to people in the Sid Valley with life limiting illnesses and their families and carers since 1985. Funded by local communities and supported by an amazing team of specially trained volunteers they provide 24/7 care to patients with not only specialist palliative care but also transport, sitting and befriending services and bereavement support.

The demand for these services throughout the UK is expected to increase significantly over the coming years, due to the ageing population, and patients wanting to remain in their own homes. Sidmouth is at the forefront of this challenge in the UK, with its over-85s population being almost a century ahead of the average in England and it has one of the highest rates of dementia.

The charity has been working with the Sidmouth GPs and community nursing team to understand how to best meet the evolving needs of the palliative patients in the Sid Valley. Together, they have developed an innovative new approach – the Sid Valley Integrated Model for Palliative and End of Life Care for All – more details of which can be found in the attached information pack.

The charity is run by CEO, Gill Ryall, who is supported by a small staff team and around 80 volunteers.   With an average annual income of c£400k,  mostly from ad hoc donations and legacies, they are now investing in their future fundraising strategy by recruiting their first professional fundraiser.

Sidmouth Hospice at Home is now looking to recruit some new Trustees to join their hardworking and committed Board who will bring skills, knowledge and expertise in the areas of Finance, Healthcare or PR/Fundraising.  These appointments will support the charity to develop robust governance and achieve its future aims.  Please take the time to read the attached Information Pack and make contact with Recruitment Partner, Jackie Dawkins at Shine Charity Recruitment for an initial discussion (


The St Petrock and Heavitree Lands Charity own seventy almshouses across the City of Exeter, providing accommodation for local people with limited income, typically of retirement age. The Charity is responsible for the maintenance of the grounds, the properties internally and externally and insuring the buildings.  In addition the charity owns commercial property in Exeter city centre which is managed by Haarer Goss.  As a result of investment portfolio success, the charity has recently been able to complete a new build of twenty two new almshouses and would potentially hope to be able to repeat this again in future years, thus benefitting a greater number of older people in need of support with their housing needs.   Day-to-day management is carried out by the Clerk to the Trustees and her team.

The Charity is administered by up to 14 voluntary Trustees, 3 nominated and 11 co-opted.  They each serve a four or five year term of office before standing for re-election for a further period if willing.  The Board describes themselves as collaborative and trust and autonomy exists between the committees (Allocations, Finance, Buildings) allowing for robust reporting and transfer of information.  Some of our Trustees are due to retire and we are looking to appoint new people to join us. 

The Trustee role can be very rewarding and enjoyable offering an opportunity to serve the community whilst learning new skills.  The Trustees role is to focus on the strategic direction of the charity and to ensure effectiveness and accountability.  Day-to-day operational decisions are delegated to the Clerk under the control of the subcommittees.

We are specifically looking for people with a background in the building sector who can support the Board to manage and maintain their properties by scrutinising and advising on quotes for build projects and maintenance. 

The Board meets quarterly,   usually between 3pm and 5.30pm at Simpkins Edwards offices in Exeter City Centre around the third Monday of January, April, July and October. Subcommittee meetings are as required (Board Meetings are currently conducted remotely until the Covid-pandemic allows for face-to- face meetings).

Jackie Dawkins of Shine Charity Recruitment is supporting us with our recruitment, please feel free to contact her for further information  01884/841751 (

TRUSTEES – Legal and Marketing – Exeter

Step One supports people to manage their mental health, achieve employment goals and live more independently. We encourage people to take a first step to being in control of their future and fulfilling their potential.   Our services include mental health crisis care and recovery, and one-to-one mentoring in employment and independent living skills. We work with a diverse range of people who may have a mental health issue and/or a hidden disability such as an autism spectrum condition.

Our staff work in the community and at our dedicated facilities including a newly refurbished hospital which is a CQC registered service and our crisis house and supported living residences.

We have an annual income of about £3.5 m with the majority of our services commissioned by the NHS and Social Care. During the past year we have been developing services that are provided from fundraised income and have just launched a joint collaboration with Devon Mind.

We are now seeking to appoint two new Trustees to join our high-performing and committed Board. One who will be a dynamic commercial lawyer and the other a creative and experienced marketeer.

Our  Board meets quarterly between 3-5pm  at the charity’s offices in Exeter or digitally and all trustees belong to a sub-committee according to their area of expertise.

Please contact our Recruitment Partner,  Jackie Dawkins, Director, Shine Charity Recruitment if you would like to discuss trusteeship further.  (

Please download our information pack for further information.