How about becoming a trustee for York Women's Counselling Service - a small outstanding local York charity

How about becoming a trustee for York Women's Counselling Service - a small outstanding local York charity

At a glance


  • Public relations
  • Social media marketing
  • Graphic design
  • Database / CRM development
  • Digital and IT strategy
  • Web design (including UX/UI)
  • Financial management
  • Fundraising research / Bid writing
  • Data analysis


York, YO1 6ET
Mainly at the office, or mainly at home.


Either in or out of office hours Estimate of time needed:
1-3 hours / week
Attend quarterly 3-hour Board meetings at YWCS offices in York, usually on Wednesday morning. Other responsibilities may take up to 1-2 hours weekly.


31 Aug 2024

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Join our friendly active trustee team at York Women’s Counselling Service and help us reach more women and offer an ever more effective service in our local community.

What will you be doing?

How about becoming a trustee of York Women's Counselling Service? 

If you’re looking for a fulfilling role where you can use your skills, experience, and creativity for real impact in the York community then this is the opportunity for you.  

At York Women’s Counselling Service our mission is to provide high quality counselling for women experiencing problems as a result of emotional stress or trauma, when they need it, for as long as they need it and regardless of their ability to pay.  We are seeking enthusiastic women from the private, public or charitable sector who would like to join our present trustees to help guide and support our team.

Over the past two years YWCS has undergone a transformation of our processes and expansion of our services and this year we were proud to receive the King’s Award for Voluntary Service in recognition of our outstanding work.  We are now in a strong position to consolidate and develop our offer for women in York.

By contributing your time, skills and experience, you will help us create new opportunities to expand our work and offer an ever more effective service in our local community.

It is an important part of our ethos that we offer a secure women-only environment where counselling is provided by women therapists in a service overseen by dedicated trustees who are also women. Sex and gender are key to the way we experience life and the difficulties we face. For women who have experienced trauma through sexual or domestic abuse or through physical violence a women-only service provides a protected space in which they can feel physically and emotionally safe. For some women who come to us their specific gender, religious or cultural needs can only be met in a women-only service.

We welcome applications from women with experience in fundraising, finance, comms or operational management experience and more.  As we look to diversify our Board, we welcome applications from first-time trustees and from under-represented groups to help YWCS reach all parts of our community.   

YWCS is a small and friendly charity and our work is guided by our core values and our commitment to promoting wellbeing and a positive organisational culture.  

YWCS is committed to the professional development of our trustees. You will be given a full induction and encouraged to take up training opportunities that benefit you and the YWCS community.

What are we looking for?

We are looking for enthusiastic, positive and committed women who have skills and experience in one or more of the following areas:

  • Fundraising, including grant writing and organising community fundraising activities, corporate sponsorship
  • Finance, budgeting and reporting
  • Communications, including experience and skill in using IT
  • Operations management including HR

What difference will you make?

Through a combination of strategic insight and support for our staff team, you can help us further build our services and provide good governance so that more women can receive the support that they need and deserve.

Before you apply

To apply, please send:

●  An up-to-date CV

●  A brief supporting statement explaining your interest in the role and how you believe you can contribute to YWCS’s work. 

Recruitment Process

  • Interview with trustees and charity’s Director.
  • 2 references required as well as DBS clearance. You will also need to meet the Charity Commission’s Fit and Proper Persons Test
  • Formal election to become a trustee of YWCS
  • Structured induction session 

Any queries to:

  • Health and well being / research and care
  • Mental health
  • Women
  • Organisation type: 

    York Women's Counselling Service (YWCS) is an innovative and growing charity which received the MBE for charities, Kings Award for Voluntary Service, in 2023. 

    Our mission is to provide...