TRUSTEES at The Somerset Centre, Brighton

Somerset Centre, Brighton

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We welcome enquiries from people who have an interest in the welfare of older people, and who, in particular, can bring skills and experience in any of the following areas - Adult Social Care,  Fundraising, IT, and Management. This position is not suitable for anyone under 18 years of age.

(This is a repeat advertisement of a vacancy previously listed in 2020/21.  Covid-related lockdowns  prevented further recruitment of trustees at the Somerset Centre, Brighton until 2021 when we were able to re-open the service)


A trustee is someone who is responsible for helping to run a charity. Our charity is registered with the Charity Commission and we routinely report to them on all our activities. Trustees work as a group to make sure the charity is run properly, and they are responsible for making decisions about what the charity will do. Being a trustee is a voluntary activity, and our trustees do not get paid for what they do. 

What does being a trustee involve? Trustees have a duty of care. This means being responsible, giving enough time to do things properly, using your skills and experience to help the charity, and keeping up to date with laws and rules about charities. 

For further details please contact John Barry, Chair of the Committee, by email at



  • Using your life experience and skills to support our charity’s work
  • Developing new skills 
  • Knowing that you can make a difference to the lives of isolated older people by working with our team.


Practical Considerations

When do I need to be available?                                                                                              

Trustees meet as often as is needed to make sure that the charity is being run properly.

At The Somerset Centre, Brighton, the trustees hold a regular Management Committee meeting every two months, which usually lasts between 1.5 and 2 hours.

If in due course a trustee takes on additional responsibilities (such as Chair, Secretary or Treasurer), they would need to be able to devote some additional time to those duties.

During the recent Covid-19 lockdowns and self-isolating periods these regular Committee meetings were suspended, but they have now resumed every two months.

Free parking is available for our regular meetings and, being situated in Kemptown, we are well served by several Brighton & Hove buses including the 1, 1A, 2 and 7 services)

When do I need to be available?

Details Our trustees meet as often as is needed to make sure that the charity is being run properly. At The Somerset Centre, Brighton trustees get together for their Management Committee meeting on Monday once every two months between 5pm and approximately 7pm. Additional meetings are arranged if and when required
Morning Afternoon Evening

Where does this role take place?

62 St James's St
E Sussex

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  • Details
  • Disabled Access
  • Equal Opportunities Policy or Statement
  • Expenses
    Generally limited to stationery and postage etc
  • Health and Safety
  • Induction
  • Insurance Cover for Volunteers
    We have Charity Trustees Management Liability cover
  • Other
  • Suitable for 13 - 16 years
  • Suitable for 16 - 18 years
  • Suitable for a group of volunteers
  • Suitable only for (e.g. 18+, LGBT, BAME, Women only)
  • Support on Offer
  • This role is adaptable for different abilities
  • Training