Merseyside HIV Charity Seeks Trustees

As part of Trustees’ Week we are promoting local trustee vacancies. Today we’re featuring Merseyside’s HIV support service, Sahir House, who have been offering HIV support, prevention, information and training across Merseyside since 1985.

Sahir House is a multi-award-winning charity. who provide a range of support services sexual health testing, health promotion and training for people living with (or affected by) HIV, LGBTQ+ people and those from the asylum and refugee communities.

Skills and experience required

Sahir House are seeking people who are committed to the values of the charity; who are able to communicate with diplomacy and who can exercise fairness and good judgement. They are seeking a mix of skills and experience to complement the current board members. While the charity does not expect candidates to have all of the skills below, they are particularly looking for the following skills / experience:

Digital media, communications and engagement – In a post-COVID world, more of Sahir House’s work will be delivered through digital means.

Grant funding and service level agreements / contracts – Sahir House is funded through a mix of contracts, grant funding and income generated from fundraising and training activities. With new contracts due to be tendered within the next year, they are looking to strengthen the board in this area.

Knowledge of health and social care systems – This would help the board to develop an understanding of how health and social care is funded, commissioned and delivered; experience of influencing decision makers and addressing health inequalities would be preferable.

Knowledge of asylum and refugee systems – This would help the board to develop an understanding of how these systems function and how they are commissioned and delivered.

Other details

Sahir House welcomes diversity and encourages applications from all sections of the community. They especially invite applications from groups which reflect the diverse nature of the Sahir House service user population – HIV positive, disabled, BAME, LGBTQ+ and refugee/asylum seeking communities.                 

The charity’s trustees serve in a voluntary capacity and out of pocket expenses will be reimbursed. Sahir House invests in the personal development of board members, ensuring their skills and knowledge develop in line with the changing demands of the role. You do not need to have been a trustee before to apply.

All appointments are subject to satisfactory references.

·         Closing date for applications: Wednesday 1st December 2021

·         Please send your CV and a covering letter (no more than one side of A4) stating why you are interested in joining Sahir House and what you would bring to the organisation, using the trustee role description for reference. Please send these to:

·         Please complete the equal opportunities monitoring information here:

For trustee role description and additional information:

Visit their website              –     

Email                                     –    

To arrange an informal discussion with the Chair, prior to application, please email Sahir House with your telephone number and availability.

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