The RSPCA Lancashire East Branch is one of 152 RSPCA branches across England and Wales.

The Branch is a separately registered charity run by a committee of volunteer trustees who are responsible for the management and financial control of branch affairs.

The objectives of the Branch are to promote the work and objects of the RSPCA which are ‘to promote kindness and to prevent or suppress cruelty to animals in the branch area, in accordance with the policies of the national RSPCA’.

The Branch operates an animal centre at Altham near Accrington. We support RSPCA Inspectors by giving priority to accepting those animals most at risk and, following rehabilitation, we find them suitable new homes. During 2020, and despite the pressures of the Covid pandemic, the animal centre remained open for the intake and rehoming of dogs and rabbits. Over the year, the Branch accepted into its care 92 animals and found new homes for 65 animals.

To help raise the income needed to run the animal centre we operate two charity shops in Burnley and Clitheroe. We now need to find new ways to generate income and to ensure the longer term future of the Branch.

A great opportunity to become directly involved 

The existing committee is looking to recruit new trustees from within the business community in East Lancashire. This is a great opportunity to become directly involved in animal welfare and to help shape the future direction and strategy of welfare provision in the area.

To be a branch trustee you must be aged 18 or over and should be committed to the RSPCA’s objectives. Ideally we are looking to recruit people with skills and experience in the areas of business management, finance, marketing or fundraising.  Commitment, common sense and the ability to be impartial are also vital.

Trustees will be provided with an induction and with guidance about the role and the responsibilities of being an RSPCA trustee.

What can being a trustee offer you?

Becoming a trustee is a great way to meet like-minded people. You will have the opportunity to use your skills and to gain new ones and you will make a real difference to animal welfare in East Lancashire. Ongoing support will be provided by national RSPCA staff in addition to the training provided locally.

If you would like to discuss the role or would like more information please contact our CEO James Stevens at

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Published On: June 7th, 2021