At a glance


  • Public relations
  • Business development / Sales
  • Fundraising events
  • Governance
  • Strategic development and planning
  • Legal
  • Change management
  • HR
  • Research (qualitative / quantitative)


Bedford, MK40 2AA
Mainly at home
Travel limit? The volunteer should be able to easily travel to Bedford for meetings. Approximately 20 mile radius.


Either in or out of office hours Estimate of time needed:
0-5 hours / month or 1-3 hours / week
Much of the communication is done electronically. Trustee meetings are held every two months and there may be ad hoc meetings inbetween.

We are looking for Trustees who are the type of people who get things done and are not afraid of innovation and change to help guide us through the next stage of development in alleviating loneliness in local care homes

What will you be doing?

As a trustee you will have an essential role in contributing towards the direction of our charity, helping to provide continuity in the governance of the charity and guiding our future work. We have an opportunity to build on the creative and innovative work which took place as a result of the pandemic and we want to build and expand on our range of services. We aim to become more integrated in our local community and form relationships and partnerships with other groups, through networking and joint working,

You will be required to attend a minimum of six meetings per year and the Annual General Meeting, You may be asked to take on responsibility for a particular aspect of the the governance of the charity, whether on an ongoing or time limited basis, depending on your knowledge and skills and availability.

What are we looking for?

We are looking for people who can take an objective view of the charity with clear vision and clarity of thought, A knowledge or background in the voluntary sector would be very useful, but not essential. We are looking particularly to address the  gaps we have in our current Trustee Board, which include legal and HR. However, our greatest need is for people who can work as part of a team and like to get things done.

What difference will you make?

FFL is a small charity with lots of scope for growth. The current Trustee Board consists of 6 members, some of whom have been Trustees for many years. The Board needs to expand both in numbers and in skills and new ideas. The charity must move onto a new footing with better systems and evaluation of it's services to enable it to grow. FFL is only one of two organisations nationally who specialise in befriending in care homes. However this is an area of need, which has sadly been highlighted during the pandemic, which is often forgotten. We would like to not only be able to offer inclusive and stimulating interaction within our current area of operation, but in time to expand this valuable service to other regional areas. 

What's in it for the volunteer?

FFL is a unique charity within Bedfordshire and one of only two in the country. You would therefore be supporting a niche service and be part of an organisation which has been innovative and creative in a difficult environment. The work which the charity does makes a huge difference to it's beneficiaries who are often overlooked. The staff, trustees and volunteers are passionate about the work they do and the opportunity to be part of developing the charity further is both satisfying and rewarding. The charity is very ready to move to a more professionally managed level, looking to attracting larger donors and long term funding.

  • Older people / later life
  • Social care
  • Friends for Life (FFL) was formed in 2007 to identify and address the social isolation of residents in Bedfordshire's care homes and to provide befrienders and resources to overcome their...