Job Title: Chair
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Lancaster
Salary: Voluntary under our CIO constitution
Reference: 01NLCS
Contact Name: Margaret O'Neill
Contact Email:
Job Published: August 11, 2019 09:26

Job Description

North Lancashire Counselling Service is a small charity run entirely by volunteers. For 30 years we have offered free, time unlimited counselling to adults over 18. We rely on client donations and fundraising activities plus funding from trusts and grants. We offer placements to local college/university students of counselling and host CPD training events open to external organisations and private practitioners. Mental health resources are inadequate to cope with the need for counselling; and the North West is one of the neediest areas [see government mental health statistics]. Waiting lists for therapy [often time limited] can be unacceptably long. To see more about our activities, testimonials etc. please visit Our clients are mainly from Lancaster /Morecambe but also Preston, Garstang and occasionally West Yorkshire and Cumbria.

The current Chair must stand down in September 2019 and a nominal Chair would have to be appointed until a replacement can be found. A Vice Chair is also being recruited so that there will be a shared work load, and cover for sickness and holidays. This is a position for someone with enthusiasm and energy for benefiting the comunity, and spare time due to retirement or semi-retirement, ideally with good communication skills.

The main duties of Chair are to chair quarterly Management Committee meetings and the AGM, maintain internal communication and an overview of all areas of NLCS work [recruitment, fundraising, training, mentoring and supervision, and counselling] The Chair may also host and introduce training events, answer some external/internal queries, represent the charity publicly, assist the Treasurer in making funding applications and sourcing new funding, and act as signatory on certain documents. The Chair will also ensure all our policies and activities are in alignment with our Constitution and organisational principles. There is potential to assist activities in other areas if wished.

Reasonably steady availability is required, as some requests for information or signatures may require a quick response. The hours required will vary according to what activities are going on; some weeks can be quite busy [20 hours] and others less so. The appointment of a Vice Chair could reduce the amount of time required. We are a CIO since 2016 so there is no financial liability on the part of Trustees in any event.

This is a very worthwhile and rewarding role for someone who wants to make a difference to community wellbeing. A full guidance pack detailing the essential and optional jobs within the remit of this role has been prepared, which also explains in detail the structure and functioning of the service.