The War Widows’ Association – Trustee/Committee Assistant


An opportunity to contribute your skills to the War Widows’ Association; the Association is the United kingdom’s leading representative organisation for widows and widowers of armed forces personnel where the death of their spouse or recognised partner has been attributed to their service life. Drawing its membership from all services, all ages and across the UK the Association ensure members can regularly access fun, friendship and information. War widows and widowers are often the forgotten group of the Veterans Community and therefore the Association is as relevant today as it was when it was first formed.

The Trustees, all volunteers, manage and administer the Association on a day to day basis, they have a legal responsibility to ensure their actions comply with current legislation and guidelines set by the Charity Commission. To find out more about the Role of a Trustee please read; The essential trustee: what you need to know, what you need to do (CC3) available from


You will work mainly from home, however you will be required to attend Committee of Trustees meetings, usually held in London four times a year (January, May, August, October) in addition attendance at our two major events is expected; i.e. the Annual General Meeting usually held in April and the Remembrance Service in November.

Role and Responsibilities:-

As well as having a specific role for which you will be responsible” you will be expected to work as a member of a team of volunteers shaping the future of the Association. You will be involved in developing the strategic direction of the Association together with related policies and procedures. You will be involved in planning events and hosting invited guests at our various events.

Applications are welcome from enthusiastic and willing volunteers to fill a wide range of roles, applications are especially welcome from those with particular knowledge and skills in the areas of Legislation, Public Relations, Event Planning, Data Protection/Management and Financial Management.

Specific training can be arranged should any applicant require upskilling.

Key Requirements:-

It will be expected that you will be computer literate and have access to the internet and email.  You will have good communication and interpersonal skills.

Historically a Trustee of the War Widows’ Association has been a member of the Association.

As a Trustee of the War Widows’ Association you will be a volunteer, however all reasonable out of pocket expenses will be paid.

General Information:-

This is a wonderful opportunity to be part of a team and develop new friendships; share and  perhaps even expand your knowledge and skills.

The Committee of Trustees is made up of four officer positions i.e. the Chairman, the Secretary, the Treasurer and the Public Relations Officer; and up to a further 10 Trustees. Currently the Committee of Trustees can have up to two Associate members[1].

Trustees serve for 3 years and are eligible for re-election to serve for a further 3 years.

Those seeking election to the 2019 Committee of Trustees will have their details and a photograph published in the ‘Courage’ Voting Supplement. Voting takes place by postal vote.

The result of the election will be announced at the Annual General Meeting on 6th April 2019

How do I apply?-

For applications to the 2019 Committee of Trustees please contact the Secretary on who will send you the relevant forms and any further information you may require. Return your completed forms together with a passport sized photograph to the Secretary to arrive no later than 30 November 2018. Applicants may be invited to meet the present Committee of Trustees at their January meeting.

If you require further information please speak with the Chairman, Secretary or any Trustee, all contact details on the inside from cover.

Read more here.

[1] Currently both Associate positions are filled, however if you are interested in applying please do get in touch; we may be able to use your knowledge and skills in the role of a Committee Assistant

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