Group coordinator

Overview

Role Title:  Group Coordinator

 

Location: Anywhere in England

 

Payment / Expenses: Voluntary - some travel costs and expenses covered. 

 

Closing date: N/A

 

 

Summary:  

There are over 140 Rethink Mental Illness support groups across England. Groups provide empathy, acceptance and reassurance from people who have been through similar experiences to you. They provide a listening ear, friendship and social support that makes coping with life’s challenges that bit easier. Our groups empower members, build self-confidence and enable individuals to become more engaged in issues of care and treatment.

Groups vary considerably in how often they meet, how long they meet for and what they do. Some meet for coffee and cake to share information, mutual support and experiences while others offer peer advocacy or activities (e.g. walking, table tennis and art). Group members decide for themselves what their group will do.

The Group Coordinator is usually the main contact for the group. Their role can include:

  • Overseeing the continued running of the group
  • Being the main contact for the local Group Development Officer & Involvement Team
  • Facilitating discussion and support
  • Building relationships in the wider community
  • Leading on an annual data return

 

About the role and tasks

There are over 140 Rethink Mental Illness support groups across England. Groups provide empathy, acceptance and reassurance from people who have been through similar experiences to you. They provide a listening ear, friendship and social support that makes coping with life’s challenges that bit easier. Our groups empower members, build self-confidence and enable individuals to become more engaged in issues of care and treatment.

 

Groups vary considerably in how often they meet, how long they meet for and what they do. Some meet for coffee and cake to share information, mutual support and experiences while others offer peer advocacy or activities (e.g. walking, table tennis and art). Group members decide for themselves what their group will do.

The Group Coordinator is usually the main contact for the group. Their role can include:

  • Overseeing the continued running of the group
  • Being the main contact for the local Group Development Officer & Involvement Team
  • Facilitating discussion and support
  • Building relationships in the wider community
  • Leading on an annual data return

 

Applying

Who should apply for this role?

We would like to hear from anyone with lived experience of mental illness and those with experience of caring for anyone affected. 

How many roles are there?

To register a group, you will need to have at least one group Coordinator. In addition to this, you may have group officers and a Treasurer. The best thing to do is to decide on all the tasks that need to be done to run the group and from this decide on what roles you need and responsibilities.

What will I have to do?

Please see above for what the role involves but the timing and form this takes will be up to those involved.

How and when will the involvement take place?
 This will be up to the group and its members; some groups meet weekly but others less frequently and this regularly discussed by the group.

What support will I get?

The Rethink Mental Illness Involvement Team will offer you advice and support in starting a group and will work closely with you to get your group established. This includes developing aims and objectives to ensure you have a safe, supportive and sustainable group.

By becoming a Rethink Mental Illness Group Coordinator, you will also be
able to take advantage of the following benefits: 

  • Ongoing support from a dedicated Group Development Officer for your region
  • Public Liability Insurance to cover group meetings and activities
  • Potential support with initial start-up costs for your group
  • A mobile phone and Rethink Mental Illness email address to help you manage incoming enquiries about the group and keep your personal contact details private
  • Help with fundraising and campaigning
  • Branded promotional material to advertise your group and support on promoting the group more widely
  • Access to Rethink Mental Illness e-learning resources
  • A monthly newsletter to keep you informed of what other groups are doing and provide updates from Rethink Mental Illness
  • Invitations to local events for groups to share ideas, mutual support and increase their social networks.

 

Skills, Knowledge & Experience: The following would be beneficial but not essential:

  • A willingness to share your experiences
  • A willingness to arrange and attend regular group meetings
  • An ability to communicate well
  • A willingness to communicate with Rethink Mental Illness staff members
  • A positive regard for Rethink Mental Illness and its messages.

 

 

What’s in it for me?

 Running a group can be a great way to give and receive support from others who have had similar experiences to you. Group Coordinators often feel that they are more confidence, have made new friends and have learned new ways of coping with the challenges they face.

 

Is a DBS Check required for this role?
Please note that a DBS Check (Disclosure & Barring Service) is required for this role.  Any criminal history will be discussed with a member of the team on a case by case basis and will not automatically stop you from being involved.

Downloads for this role. 

Please use the links below to download the role description and guidance notes for applying for this role. Documents are in PDF format.

Next steps and closing date. 

There is no closing date for this role. If you are interested simply call or email the Involvement Team on (01823) 365327 or groups@rethink.org.

They will put you in touch with your local Group Development Officer who will provide you with further information and guidance and remain your main point of contact in helping you establish and develop your group.

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