Job Title: Trustees
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Lancaster
Salary: Voluntary under our CIO constitution
Reference: 002 NLCS
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.

We currently have 7 Trustees on the Management Committee. We are looking to recruit at least 2 more, specifically with experience of fundraising and the sourcing of funders, as well as assisting the Treasurer in making funding applications at various points through the year. We apply for funding from trusts and grants to finance our training activities but also engage in community fundraising events to help us meet our core expenses.

If interested in this rewarding role, you would sit on quarterly MC meetings and attend the AGM, and communicate by email with the Treasurer and potential funders to facilitate funding applications. There is potential to become involved more directly in fundraising activities but this is optional. All of your work would revolve around funding, so at the times of application you might spend up to 4 hours in one particular week. In between these times the role would not be demanding of much time, but could be spent engaging in extra activities if wished.