Garvald Trustees

  • Management Board
  • Unpaid
  • West Linton
  • Closing 30th April 2021

  • Advertised from 19th February 2021


Garvald West Linton is an established charitable organisation based in the Borders providing residential care, creative work opportunities and further education for thirty-five adults with learning disabilities. Garvald also offers day placements for adults with learning disabilities who live locally. The residents and staff together make up a community of approximately 70 people. There are five community houses. On average, there are seven residents in each house with one House Manager, one Deputy House Manger and a group of care staff including night duty staff.

Our Ethos

Life and work at Garvald is based on the Rudolf Steiner principles of curative education and social therapy. Through working with these principles Garvald aim to meet the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of the individuals in our care. The days at Garvald are well structured with each individual having a day programme of workshop activities, different therapies, leisure activities and further education. At weekends, there are cultural events. Christian and national festivals are celebrated during the year and the daily, weekly and annual rhythm of life at Garvald is a therapeutic and reassuring influence for residents. Garvald also supports residents to engage and participate in activities in the wider community out with Garvald.

The role of The Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees is collectively responsible for the governance and strategic direction of Garvald. It is responsible for receiving money from local authorities and donors, safeguarding it and ensuring that it is used for meeting Garvald objectives as stated in its articles of association. The Trustee Board must always act in the best interests of Garvald. The Trustees must act as a group and not as individuals. Although the role is unpaid, Trustees have the opportunity to significantly contribute towards an important and well-regarded service for people with learning disabilities.

We are now seeking new directors to join our board and looking for enthusiastic and dynamic individuals with a range of skills and experience. These include business/professional skills in PR/marketing, legal, property/estates management as well as individuals with senior management experience within the social care sector.

Application notes

A Role Description is available for download below.


If you would like to apply, please send your CV along with the cover letter to Alternatively, get in touch for an informal discussion with Robert Crichton, Manager, Tel no 01968 682211 Email:, and/or Craig Allardice, Chair, Tel no 07739 638 907, Email:

We are also happy to arrange to meet with you to discuss the work of Garvald and of the Board.