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Clinical Mental Health Trustee Alternative Futures Group

Come and join the board of an organisation full of amazing people, doing amazing things, every day.

  • Location: North West England
  • Salary: Unremunerated

Alternative Futures Group is one of the largest not for profit Health and Social Care charities in the North West and has been changing lives, creating independence and achieving great outcomes for the brilliant people we support. This year we are making plans to celebrate our 30th birthday.

With an annual turnover of over £60m, we employ 2,000+ staff who proudly support more than 1,000 people with a range of learning disabilities and mental health issues. Our personalised services are tailored to meet the specific needs of each and every person we support.

We look to connect people to their loved ones and the communities in which they live, promoting independence, choice and opportunity to ensure they live a full independent life, as they wish to live it.

By getting to know the people we support, understanding what is important to them and how they want to be supported, our person-centred approach allows us to tailor support. We develop person-centred care plans and one-page profiles by working in partnership with our people, their families, advocates and local authorities.

We focus on the things that are important to the people we support, ensuring together, we help them to reach the outcomes they want to achieve.

As a large, successful charity in the North West, but one without a significant public profile, we have often described ourselves as the charity world’s “best-kept secret”.

To meet our aims and drive our ambitions forward, we no longer want to be a secret!

We are proud of what we do and the difference we make in people’s lives, and our new strategy includes the aim to raise our profile and elevate our clients’ voices in the public sphere.

In order to support our plans and enable and empower our people to do amazing things, the Board is now looking to appoint new Trustees to replace those whose terms have come (or are coming) to an end.

Who we're looking for

We are seeking individuals with a fundamental alignment to our charitable purpose and mission. With exceptional interpersonal and communication skills, you will bring sound judgement, the ability to think strategically and offer constructive challenge and debate to the Board and senior officers.

While new Trustees do not necessarily need to have held previous non-executive roles, they will be able to demonstrate a successful track record in wide-reaching senior leadership positions.

Specifically, to complement the strengths of our existing team, we are looking to appoint a new Trustee with clinical experience in mental health services, and who understands the provision of mental health/psychiatric services.

In order to help drive our organisation forwards whilst maintaining our strong reputation with our regulators and commissioners, we are ideally looking for new Trustees with a strong profile and connections to networks across the North West, and the ability to promote and boost awareness of Alternative Futures Group and our philosophy.

Time commitment of circa 1 day per month. In addition to board meetings, each Trustee will have membership of one subcommittee.

For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultant at Peridot Partners:

Lucy Mavers | 07947 935068 | lucy@peridotpartners.co.uk

Jennifer Horan | 07519 070497 | jennifer@peridotpartners.co.uk

Lucy Mavers Head of Not-for-Profit Practice Peridot Partners

If you would like to know more about this role please contact Lucy Mavers

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About Alternative Futures Group

Our history

We’ve been changing lives, creating independence, and achieving great outcomes for the brilliant people we support.

In that time, we’ve created lots of magical memories and continue to shape future opportunities to involve the people we support as they go about their daily lives in the local community; and also, opportunities to bring families, friends and everyone together to shape our future.

Alternative Futures was founded by Matthew Clarke on the 22nd of January 1992. It then went on to gain its charitable status in February of that year.

Originally located in Merseyside in 1992, Alternative Futures pioneered alternative provision to patients living in hospitals and institutions who we enabled to move into a community setting.

Alternative Futures were commissioned to provide support for people with the most complex needs, which other organisations couldn’t always accommodate. From the outset, we have been creative and innovative market disruptors.

From our origins in Merseyside, we have evolved to become a large North West based provider of support, care and specialist services to adults with a wide range of needs such as learning disabilities, physical disabilities and mental health needs.

Alternative Futures Group Today…

Alternative Futures continues to strive to enhance people’s lives as a trailblazer within the sector.

We continue to support individuals to realise their aspirations, working locally in the community providing supported living and community outreach services, based at our Independent Hospitals, and through individual budgets.

Our supported living and community outreach services offer different models of support for individuals.

Whether in someone’s own home, flat schemes or shared accommodation, we have a range of individual flexible packages available from 24 hours, to just a few hours of support per week within the community, depending on individual needs.

Our Independent Hospitals provide healthcare and support for people with serious mental illness along a recovery pathway influenced by a psychosocial intervention framework.

We ensure the people we support can move along a pathway towards independence at their own pace and build their coping and lifestyle skills gradually within a therapeutic environment.

We also offer a wide range of specialist care and support services to adults with complex needs.

Our complex care services ensure the people we support to maintain independence and choice.

Complex care support is planned around people’s lives, to ensure dignity and respect. Recognising complexity, and working in partnership, we aim to ensure our support is consistent, long term and of the highest quality. We also understand the sensitivities of providing support in your own home.

As a digitally progressive organisation, we encourage the opportunities technology offers to facilitate greater choice, control and independence for the people we support. Alternative Futures continues to strive to enhance people’s lives as a trailblazer within the sector.

We love what we do, and it shows.

The essence of how we work together and achieve things is in our DNA. It shapes our identity and what we’re all about. We have amazing people at AFG who live and breathe our organisational values.

We want everyone to enjoy what we do in our work, have fun, and share that enthusiasm with our people and partners to create a ‘world where people control their lives’. Together we can unlock even more skills, gifts, and talents so the people we support can achieve their dreams, goals and aspirations.

So, when it came to thinking about our organisational vision, mission and values, we worked closely with our amazing AFG colleagues and the people we support to create them. They’re not just words on a page. They have meaning. They describe what AFG is all about. They get people excited by what is possible.

Our Vision is to create “A world where people control their lives”

Our Mission is that “Together with our people and partners we will unlock skills, gifts and talents to support everyone’s right to choose and achieve their aspirations”

Our Ambition is “To be the market-leading provider of innovative and digitally connected support for our people”

Our Ethos is “Amazing people, doing amazing things, every day”

Our Butterfly Moments

Creating Butterfly Moments

During any conversation you have with our staff, the people we support, or their families, you will hear us talking about our Butterfly Moments.

These are the moments in life when the people we support achieve greater control of their lives and do things like…

  • Have the confidence to sing in front of others OR
  • Access the community using public transport

Through our Butterfly Moments, we focus on changing lives and creating independence, choice and control for the people we support.  We have a proud history of delivering positive life-changing outcomes for all.

Every person we support is treated as an individual and has a voice within AFG.

Our organisational philosophy is to focus on supporting people to their furthest point of independence.

To achieve this, we collaborate and involve others.  We gain different voices, perspectives, and opinions in a number of different ways.

Our Governance Structure and the Board

Alternative Futures Group is Governed by our Board of Trustees who are responsible for determining our strategic direction, our operating and financial position and establishing the Group’s control and risk management frameworks – effectively monitoring the management and best interests of our organisation.

Our Board is made up of 12 independently appointed individuals, with a broad range of experience within the Health & Social Care Sector, Business Development, Programme / Project Management to name just a few.

With a duty to act in the best interests of the charity, present and future beneficiaries, our Trustees have a broad range of experience to enable them to offer a unique and diverse level of expertise. Working together with the Executive Team, our Trustees leverage their knowledge, experience and reputation to support the future strategic direction of AFG.

Our Governance structure is based around our Executive Assurance Framework which operates below Board level to meet the changing needs of the organisation and the Board.  Our Board of Trustees sits above our Executive Assurance Framework with dedicated Board Sub-Committees to manage the flow of information, assurance and accountability to and from the Board of Trustees.

Our Strategic Plan

Our 5 Year Strategy

In April 2020 we proudly launched our 5 Year Strategy for 2020 – 2025.  Within this, we articulated our strategic ambition to become “the market-leading provider of innovative and digitally-connected support for our people”. 

We will deliver this ambition through the achievement of our five strategic aims:

Our focus is to achieve our core charitable purpose and financial sustainability, by becoming the provider of choice for high-quality outcomes and digitally-connected support models to our commissioners – Local Authorities and Clinical Commissioning Groups.

Over the next five years we will:

  • Create a modern and progressive organisation fit for the future
  • Push the boundaries of independence, choice and control for our beneficiaries
  • Deliver mid to long-term financial sustainability and ‘surplus for purpose’

Our five-year strategy will be underpinned and supported by our Annual Business Plans and Divisional Strategies for our Learning Disability (LD) and Mental Health (MH) offers

Within our Learning Disability offer, we have identified clear focus areas for growth with compelling propositions based on improving people’s lives in the areas of (1) Young People in Transition (18 to 25); (2) Transforming Care; (3) New geographies; and (4) Private Payor Market

Within our Mental Health offer our ambition is to become the NHS / MHTs Provider of Choice for Community-integrated, Rehabilitation Services.  This will include the introduction of a Hub and Spoke Locality Model of care.  In this area, our growth opportunities include (1) Building Partnerships with Acute Mental Health Providers; (2) Developing our TRC based Rehabilitation Offer; (3) Growing our Community Model; and (4) New Geographies.

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    For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners

    Lucy Mavers | 07947 935068 | lucy@peridotpartners.co.uk

    Jennifer Horan | 07519 070497 | jennifer@peridotpartners.co.uk

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    Closing date: Monday 6th June 2022

    Candidates informed of outcome: Tuesday 14th June 2022

    Interviews: Friday 24th June 2022


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