Finance and Operations Director


Carlisle, Cumbria

37.5 hours per week



At an exciting time of growth, an opportunity has arisen for a Finance and Operations Director to join the People First Team.

People First is all about supporting people to speak up and have their voices heard. We’re an ambitious and established charity that promotes equality and fairness through advocacy, training, education and opportunities. And we’re looking for someone who shares our values to join the team.

As our Finance and Operations Director you will be responsible for delivering the overall business strategy for the organisation as set out by the Board of Trustees. As part of the Senior Leadership Team you will be responsible for the production and review of the annual business development plan. Individually you will provide strategic oversight of your department, managers and teams, ensuring high quality service delivery and development.

We are looking for someone who is business focused, commercially savvy and yet understands the health and care sector. You will be an experienced financial manager who knows how to create and maintain excellent business resources and operations. You should demonstrate a passion for breaking new ground to lead social change.

Reporting to the Chief Executive you will be apply strategy and leadership to manage finance, human resources, IT, resources, buildings, policy and our hospitality offer. Beyond that, we are seeking a candidate that has proven experience in scaling a multi-site organisation and a demonstrated ability to both lead and build the capabilities of a driven, bright, diverse team.

This is a dynamic role that will play a core part in our growth and development.



Find out more about the role here:


To apply please complete and submit the following to


Should you wish to discuss the role prior to making an application, you can book an informal discussion with David, our CEO, by contacting: or 01228 276353


The closing date for applications is 5pm, Friday 10th September 2021


Commis Chef Apprentice

Carlisle, Cumbria

37.5 hrs

National Apprenticeship Wage National Apprenticeship Wage


We are seeking an applicant with a real drive and interest in learning and growing. Someone who is keen to gain greater catering skills with some customer service elements in an environment that will provide a unique insight both into food preparation and hospitality service work within a charitable organisation.

In your role you would be working within the Riverbank Kitchen supporting the Head Cook and Catering Assistant, gaining valuable skills and insights into the daily kitchen operations providing food for the both the Conference Centre and the Cancer Care Café.

You will also be part of something bigger, at People First we offer a wide range of support and information services across the North of England, aimed at helping people to live informed, respected, healthy and fulfilled lives. Our Kitchen where you will be working is an important part of this supporting our charity and our learners, young people with learning difficulties who are learning hospitality skills to help them move into work. 

This apprenticeship qualification is provided through Lakes College.

Find out more about the role here:

To apply please email the Lakes College at with your CV, entitling your email with “People First Commis chef Apprenticeship”

Volunteer Café Assistant

Carlisle, People First Conference Centre and People First Café

Hours on agreement

An opportunity has arisen for a team of volunteers to assist with the day to day running of our innovative offer of The People First Café. The main purpose of this role is to assist the Team Leader in the day to day running of the café and assist with deliveries or fresh ready to eat food made at the People First Conference Centre in Carlisle.


For more information follow the links below:


To apply please complete and submit the following to


Experts by Experience for Care (Education) and Treatment Reviews

Northumberland, Durham, Tyne and Wear, Cleveland

Hours as required

£20 per hour (up to 7 hours per day)


An opportunity has arisen for Experts by Experience for Care (Education) and Treatment Reviews to join an expanding charitable organisation at an exciting time of growth and development.

We are seeking Experts who are passionate about the rights of people with learning disabilities and/or autism. You will work as a member of a Care (Education) and Treatment Review panel to carry out an assessment of a person’s care and treatment in an inpatient setting or in the community. We are seeking experts with lived experience and family carers with an understanding of services.


For more information follow the links below:


To apply please complete and submit the following to


Should you need to discuss any of the information on our website prior to application, please contact Chris Tolley, Inclusion Team Manager by email

or call Chris on 01228 276374

Healthwatch Cumbria (HWC) Board Member

Voluntary Role



Healthwatch Cumbria is an independent organisation set up to champion the views of health and social care service users in Cumbria, with the goal of making services better and improving health and well-being.

Do you care about your health and care services?

Do you fundamentally believe that patients and their families are in the strongest position to know how services can and should be improved?

Do you have some time to devote to supporting a dedicated team of staff in carrying out this very worthwhile task by providing them with guidance and scrutiny to ensure they work to the best of their ability and achieve as much impact as possible?

If you have answered yes to all of the above, then a role on the Board of Healthwatch Cumbria may well help you to feel that you are making a difference.

For more information on the role, an application form, and details on how to apply, please see the Healthwatch Cumbria website:

HWC is delivered by People First Independent Advocacy Registered Charity and Company Limited by Guarantee (Registered Charity No. 1184112 Company No. 5438407)