What does a Regional Committee do?
We are a membership organisation and our members are at the heart of everything we do, including involvement in the leadership of the Charity. Regional Committees provide the interface between our members, registered groups, activists, services and service users within a Region.
A Regional Committee will have up to 12 members. The majority will be people with experience of mental illness, either through being a relative of, or carer for, someone who is or has been ill or through being directly affected by mental illness themselves.
There are eight Regional Committees covering the following regions:
Eastern, East Midlands, London, South West, Yorkshire and North East, West Midlands, South East and North West.
The main focus of Regional Committees is to actively support Rethink Mental Illness priorities at a local level in five key areas:
- Engaging with members to raise awareness of Rethink and promote membership
- Increasing the organisation's ability to campaign at a local and national level
- Helping the organisation to fundraise
- Working closely with Rethink Mental Illness services and groups
- Contributing to the overall Governance of the Charity
Every Regional Committee develops its own work plan according to the preferences of its members. Some committees may focus more on organising events and conferences and others may wish to do more campaigning.
Regional Committees meet formally four times a year but will be in contact between meetings to work on their plan. Each Regional Committee nominates a member to become a Trustee of Rethink Mental Illness.
If you are interested in getting involved please email firstname.lastname@example.org, stating which Regional Committee you are interested in joining. Alternatively you can call 01704 511014 for an informal chat.