Vice Chair

Job Title: Vice Chair
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Lancaster
Salary: Voluntary under our CIO constitution
Reference: 003NLCS
Contact Name: Margaret O'Neill
Contact Email:
Job Published: August 11, 2019 09:37

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 is standing down in September 2019 but is remaining available for support and advice until a new Chair is recruited. Until now we have never had a Vice Chair. Because the charity is small the Chair's role has traditionally involved work outside of the nominal remit of Chair, but this could be managed very easily with less time commitment on both parts if it were to be shared between Chair and Vice Chair. To gain an impression of the Chair's duties please refer to the separate job posting [01NLCS]. The Vice Chair would fulfill a supporting role to Chair, share the tasks in a way that works for both parties, and provide mutual cover in case of holidays or sickness.

The role is extremely rewarding for anyone who has an inteest in social justice and mental health, as we fulfill a crucial need in our community which is not being met elsewhere.