Surrey Drug and Alcohol Care Helpline

Chair of Surrey Drug and Alcohol Care

We are seeking a dynamic Chair to drive the charity forward and act as an Ambassador.

As Chair, you would provide leadership and direction to the rest of the trustees; enabling the board to fulfil their responsibilities for the overall governance and strategic direction of the charity.  You will work in partnership and support the staff and volunteers, helping them achieve the aims of the freephone 24 hour Helpline; Telephone Counselling Service and Education Program to schools and colleges.

Working from home you will be reimbursed for travel expenses and any training deemed necessary for the position of Chair.

Previous experience of working within mental health and wellbeing or substance misuse would be an advantage, although not essential. If you do have experience and knowledge working in or with community and voluntary organisations; are willing to lead; have sufficient time (between 10 and 15 hours a week); exemplary professional integrity; an understanding of legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship and possess tact, diplomacy and creativity, then please do apply. 

Please see role description and person specification below.

If you would like further information or to discuss the role further, please contact Emma Bassett, or 07554 991055.

 Job title:


 Chair – Voluntary position

 Responsible to:


 Time commitment:

Approximately 10 to 15 hours a week

 Overall Purpose:

Provide leadership and direction to trustees in fulfilling their responsibilities of governance and strategic direction of the charity.  To work in partnership and to support contractors and volunteers helping them to achieve the aims of the organisation.

 Main duties and responsibilities:












  • Ensure the charity is run in accordance with the governing document, charity law, company law and that the decisions of the Board and any other appropriate legislation or regulations are upheld.
  • Ensure the charity pursues its objects as defined in its governing document.
  • Ensure the Board as individuals and as a whole are aware of their roles and responsibilities.
  • Leading and taking responsibility for the Board in the development of strategic plans and ensuring that it operates efficiently.
  • To lead the trustees in setting clear organisational vision, aims and objectives and overseeing the organisation working towards fulfilling them.
  • Provide support to other trustees in their roles and ensure the performances of trustees are regularly evaluated.
  • Work in partnership with the Vice Chair, Treasurer, Company Secretary, TCS Team Leader and Coordinator to ensure trustee decisions are acted upon.
  • Leading and responsible for ensuring income streams from all sources are sufficient to carry out SDAC’s chosen activities.  If insufficient funds lead on moderating activities in conjunction with the Board.
  • Working closely with the Treasurer to formulate the budget, P&L, and monthly data.
  • Manage Coordinators role and responsibilities.
  • Writing reports including bid writing for tenders and trustee’s report for the annual SORP.  Assisting with other reports as required.
  • Ensuring that adequate communication exists between trustees, contractors and volunteers.
  • Chairing and setting agendas for monthly Board meetings and yearly AGM.
  • Attend monthly sub group meetings for finance and marketing.
  • Attend quarterly performance review meetings with Coordinator and Senior Public Health Lead for Surrey County Council and monthly Treatment Provider Group meetings.
  • Attend first training session of potential Helpline Volunteers (approximately twice a year).
  • Allows everyone an equal voice and takes all views into account.
  • Approve minutes of Board meetings.
  • Ensure confidentiality is respected.
  • Be an ambassador/public face of the charity and being informed and prepared to represent the organisation at external meetings or events.
  • Actively seek new opportunities and pathways to reach out to vulnerable residents of Surrey and Borders.
  • In conjunction with Treasurer, ensure that income streams from all sources are sufficient to carry out SDAC’s chosen activities.
  • Be prepared to seek external help for the development and management of the charity.
  • Responsible for own secretarial work.

 Person Specification



  • A commitment to the mission of SDAC to relieve sickness caused by substance misuse and those struggling with mental health.
  • Proven experience of chairing/vice-chairing a charity and good understanding and knowledge of charity governance, particularly legal duties and trustee responsibilities.
  • Experience of working within the community and in a voluntary organisation.
  • Ability and skills to Chair a meeting objectively.
  • Ability to lead an organisation.
  • Ability and commitment to give the minimum hours per week.
  • Exemplary professional integrity.
  • Sound independent judgement.
  • Ability to think creatively.
  • Excellent communications skills particularly tact, diplomacy and listening.
  • Ability to work as part of a team, whilst also leading.
  • Ability to send and receive emails and posses basis IT skills including use of Microsoft Office.



Mission Statement

Surrey Drug & Alcohol Care is a registered charity which has been set up as a result of a need in the county of Surrey for a confidential Freephone help line for substance misusers and those with mild to moderate mental health problems, their families, friends and colleagues, aiming to make a difference to their lives. Trained volunteers respond to the distress caused by substance misuse or mental health on a high quality help line that is accessible 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, emphasising empowerment and self-help.


  • To provide information about county and countrywide resources and support to persons and organisations helping people experiencing the effects of substance misuse.
  • To promote mental health well being county-wide.
  • To promote, liaise and exchange information with relevant agencies both within the Surrey area and outside.
  • To raise public awareness of the continuing impact of substance misuse.
  • To advance the education of the harmful effects of drugs and alcohol amongst those young students in full time education in Surrey and professional groups.
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