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Leading local charity seeks new chairman


A major independent charity is looking for an individual who can take on the important role of leading its team of Trustees, staff and volunteers as they help alleviate loneliness and support older and disabled people living independently in the area. 


The new Chairman of Ilkley and District Good Neighbours will oversee the charity and its four key schemes, which include Befriending, Shop Assist, Home and Garden Assist and Moving On.   Ilkley and District Good Neighbours has been successfully operating in the community for over 40 years and now has a team of almost eighty volunteers. Apart from the main four schemes it also runs a number of smaller projects at different times of the year, which range from daytrips, a visit to pantomime, a party for the Over 90s and delivery of hampers prior to Christmas.  Its services are free at the point of delivery and are backed up by a core team.

”We’re looking for a new Chairman to take up office this July, when I plan to retire after

several immensely rewarding years in the role,” said the current Chairman Judy Hutton.


“Ilkley Good Neighbours does tremendous work helping local people, and we have a great team. Whoever joins us will, I’m sure, want to bring out the best in them and to build on our successes as a local charity,  as well as introducing where necessary fresh ideas and new thinking.” 


In terms of the qualities and attributes required for the role, the new Chairman should

basically have a passion for the voluntary sector, have computer literacy and an

understanding of the digital and social media world, and possess an ability to understand and interpret financial information, as well as identifying with the charity’s values and ethos. 


“The working pattern is flexible” added Judy. “We hold meetings every six weeks, the

Chairman liaises with the charity’s Secretary on a regular basis, and spends around half a day a week on general administration. The charity itself is financially sound, and its

management and governance is excellent - as one would expect with a charity such as ours.”      

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Current Chairman Judy Hutton

The charity accepts that candidates for the role may come from a wide range of professional and employment backgrounds.  If you are interested in this role please contact the charity Secretary for more information:   Telephone 01943 603348 or email

You can find out more about the charity itself on its website:

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