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Do you have an interest in mental health? Do you have specialist skills gained from your professional career and looking to share your knowledge and experience with a charity? Are you interested in working with a forward thinking and ambitious organisation? If yes, we would love to hear from you.

  • Location: Meetings currently held virtually
  • Salary: Unremunerated (reasonable expenses paid)

About the role

Mental Health Matters (MHM) is a national charity with over 35 years’ experience in delivering high-quality mental health and social care services. MHM has a hugely positive impact on the lives of people living with mental health needs in our local communities. We provide services across England, from Northumberland to Cornwall, led by a highly motivated and enthusiastic workforce (circa 400 employees) who are committed to delivering the best quality services to those in need of support.

We believe that, with the right personalised support, anyone with a mental health need can live the life they want to live. It is our vision that everyone gets the personalised services and support they need. To make this vision a reality, our mission is to help people achieve good physical and mental wellbeing and live life to the full.

We support more than 15,500 people every month to access treatment and achieve their recovery goals, and we are always seeking to develop and expand our services to reach more people in need.

Our support services range from helplines and IAPT talking therapies, to supported housing, employment support and safe-havens, and all based on the principle of enabling every person, as an individual, to achieve their own goals and aspirations.

Who we are looking for

We are now looking for new Trustees who can bring a comprehensive range of skills and further develop a diverse way of thinking to our Board.

We are open to candidates with a broad range of expertise and backgrounds but have a particular interest in:

  • someone with a background in psychological therapies, wider mental health provision and policy.
  • someone with a digital or IT background as we are seeking to drive an IT and digital modernisation project, continuing our record for innovation in service delivery.
  • someone with strong commercial knowledge and business development expertise.

Other areas include social media, brand development and marketing or public sector commissioning.

We are encouraging applications from people with a diverse range of experiences and backgrounds to ensure our Board truly represents the people we serve.

To reflect our broad geographical spread of services, we welcome interest from candidates regardless of current location. During the past year all of our meetings have been held virtually.

The standard role of Trustee will require a time commitment of approximately five to six days per annum minimum, which is inclusive of four quarterly Board meetings and one to two strategy days. However, there are opportunities to be involved in specific strategic projects if you have the capacity to offer additional time.

We welcome both experienced Board leaders and those looking to take on their first Trusteeship. Ultimately you will be dynamic in your thinking and approach, with a real drive and passion to make a substantial impact to our work!

A full job pack can be accessed by clicking and completing the ‘How to apply’ section.

If you would like to have an informal conversation about this opportunity you can contact our consultants at Peridot Partners:

James Hunt | james@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07711 405 444

Lucy Mavers | lucy@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07947 935 068

Closing date: 9am, Monday 15th February 2021

If you would like to know more about this role please contact James Hunt

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Welcome from Chair of Trustees, Bruce Howorth

Dear Applicant,

Thank you for your interest in the role of Trustee at Mental Health Matters (MHM). We are delighted you are considering joining us and you will be doing so at a pivotal point for MHM as we look to grow and evolve, whilst facing the immediate and more long-term mental health challenges presented by the COVID pandemic.

MHM is a national charity which has a hugely positive impact on the lives of people living with mental health needs in our local communities. MHM provides services across England, from Northumberland to Cornwall, led by a highly motivated and enthusiastic workforce (circa 400 employees) who are committed to delivering the best quality services to those in need of support.

I joined the Board of MHM over six years ago and became Chair almost four years ago. I am proud to say we have grown a strong and passionate Board, and people who are highly committed to enabling MHM to flourish and ensure more people engage with the organisation. We work closely and collaboratively with our energetic and forward-thinking leadership team and we seek people who are collegiate, and team oriented in their approach.

We are now looking for new Trustees, who can bring a comprehensive range of skills and further develop a diverse way of thinking to our Board.

We are open to and would welcome candidates with a broad range of expertise and backgrounds. However, we have a particular interest in

  • someone with a background in psychological therapies, wider mental health provision and policy.
  • someone with a digital or IT background as we are seeking to drive an IT and digital modernisation project, continuing our record for innovation in service delivery.
  • someone with strong commercial knowledge and business development expertise.

Other areas include social media, brand development and marketing or public sector commissioning.

To reflect our broad geographical presence, we welcome interest from candidates regardless of current location. During the past year all of our meetings have been held virtually but are normally rotated in different areas.

We welcome both experienced Board leaders and those looking to take on their first Charity Trusteeship. Ultimately you will be dynamic in your thinking with a real drive and passion to make a substantial impact to our work!

We are encouraging applications from people with a diverse range of experiences and backgrounds to ensure the Board truly represents the people we serve.

This is wonderful environment where we are collaborative, caring, and ambitious but with a real focus on those who access our services. We take great pride in our work and the Charity, balancing this with a dynamic and innovative approach.  If you’d like to bring your skills and expertise to support us, we’d love to hear from you.

Kind regards,

Bruce Howorth
Chair of Trustees

Vision, mission & values

We believe that, with the right personalised support, anyone with a mental health need can live the life they want to live. It is our vision that everyone gets the personalised services and support they need. To make this vision a reality, our mission is to help people achieve good physical and mental wellbeing and live life to the full.

We do this by providing mental health support services, ranging from helplines and ‘talking therapies’ to supported housing, employment services and safe havens, all based on the principle of supporting every person, as an individual, towards their own goals and aspirations.

Our values are at the core of everything we do:

  • We work for social inclusion.
  • We believe in the possibility of recovery even within lifelong mental illness.
  • We support health equality across the whole community.
  • We are positively engaged in influencing policy decisions relating to mental health issues at national and local levels.
  • We believe that individuals gain strength and influence by sharing experience and knowledge.
  • We will challenge any stigma and promote positive attitudes to mental health.
  • We support people’s right to choice, self-determination, adult responsibility and release from stigma.
  • We are a thoughtful and caring employer and service provider, embracing change.

It is essential that prospective trustees are committed to the aims, values and ethos of our charity.

Feedback we receive

“I have more motivation and things which I used to find difficult have become easier.”

– Talking Matters service user

“I am incredibly impressed with the housing services offered and the way staff behave. It is very obvious that staff respect and value those they work with.”

– Housing service visitor

“The individual who supported me was so kind and compassionate and made me feel so much better straight away. They were completely non-judgemental and that put me at ease, as I think the stigma of having a mental health difficulty can cause stress in itself.”

– Support Matters service user

“I have spoken with the Support Matters team on a few occasions and they always make me feel so much more positive after speaking to them. They are warm, understanding and never judgemental.”

– Support Matters service user

“The staff member I spoke to genuinely wanted to help. I did not feel a nuisance or a burden for the first time in a while.”

– Support Matters service user

“The service went above and beyond and advised me to make decisions best for my situation at the time and also pointed me in the direction of further support services.”

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    Please download the Job Pack and fill out this Equality Monitoring Form

    If you would like an informal conversation about the role you can contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

    James Hunt | james@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07711 405 444

    Lucy Mavers | lucy@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07947 935 068

    Please submit a CV and supporting statement that clearly outlines your suitability and motivation for the role by demonstrating that you meet the criteria and have the experience in the person specification. We kindly ask that your CV and supporting statement is in Microsoft Word format and in one document.

    Please ensure that your application is emailed to response@peridotpartners.co.uk inserting “MHM – Trustee” into the subject field.

    We will send an acknowledgement email within three working days from receipt. If you have not received a response, please contact Oliver Gardner on oliver@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07807 014772 or Kerry-Ann Charles on kerryann@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07399 398905.

    Diversity

    MHM is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We celebrate diversity and applications are actively encouraged from individuals from diverse backgrounds.

    We wish to encourage applications regardless of race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, age or religion or belief. All applications will be considered solely on merit.

    Disabled applicants are invited to contact us in confidence at any point during the recruitment process, to discuss steps that can be taken to overcome any operational difficulties.

    Timetable

    Closing date: 9am, Monday 15th February 2021
    Interviews: w/c Monday 1st March 2021

    Equal Opportunities Monitoring

    Peridot and MHM are committed to promoting equality and diversity. To help us raise awareness and support a culture that is diverse and recognises and develops the potential of all, we need to appreciate the profile of candidates who apply for positions. We would therefore be most grateful if you would complete this equality monitoring form.

    The information will be treated confidentially and anonymously and will help us to support our commitment to fair recruitment practice. All information provided will be held in the strictest confidence and will not be shared with anyone, in line with the Data Protection Act 2018. The information provided does not form part of the decision-making process and will not affect your application.

    We treat all job applicants equally and fairly and do not unlawfully discriminate against them. We do this by ensuring that we operate an open and fair recruitment process, and making decisions using selection criteria which do not discriminate. We will take every possible step to ensure that employees and volunteers are treated fairly, with the aim of creating a culture that respects and values each others’ differences, that is free of discrimination and promotes dignity, equality and diversity.

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