Regional Committee member
Role Title: Regional Committee Member
Location: Eastern, East Midlands, London, North West, South East, South West, West Midlands and Yorkshire & North East Regions
Payment / Expenses: Voluntary. Reasonable travel and subsistence expenses will be paid.
Rethink Mental Illness is a membership organisation and it is Rethink Mental Illness
members who lead the charity. Regional Committees provide the interface between our members, registered groups, activists, services and service users within a Region.
About the role and tasks
About the Role:
The main focus of Regional Committees is to actively support Rethink Mental Illness priorities at a local level in five key areas:
- Supporting and helping to develop Rethink national and local campaigns
- Raising awareness of mental health and increasing the Charity’s membership
- Supporting Rethink services
- Supporting fundraising initiatives
- Contributing to the overall governance of Rethink by sending representatives to the National Board and its sub committees
Regional Committees meet quarterly. However, it is anticipated that members will be involved between meetings in the delivery of these activities.
A commitment of a minimum of 8 days a year is required in order to participate meaningfully.
Who should apply for this role?
We are looking for individuals who have a lived experience of mental illness, or who care or have cared for people with those experiences. There may also be opportunities for those who have a keen interest in this area and can bring other knowledge and skills to assist the Regional Committee in its work.
Please note that all Regional Committee members are required to be or become members of Rethink Mental Illness.
Skills, Knowledge & Experience:
Some examples of the qualities we are looking for in a Regional Committee member are:
- A willingness to share your experience of being a service user or a carer.
- Experience of giving your opinion e.g. on developments, policies, reports etc.
- Experience of campaigning, fundraising, media work, research or peer support.
- Experience of planning and running events on a local level such as activities, seminars and awareness raising events.
- Experience of being a group co-ordinator / active group member or user of Rethink Mental Illness Services.
- Experience of building relationships with individuals, organisations and services in order to achieve objectives
- Experience of coaching or mentoring others e.g. other people with lived experience, colleagues etc.
- An ability to communicate well, both verbally and in writing and be able to work in a group setting
- Empathy with other people’s feelings and a respect for equality and diversity
- An ability to put your personal agenda to one side in order to take forward a
How many roles are there?
The Regional Committee will have up to 12 members. At least 10 of these 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.
What will I have to do?
Main duties/responsibilities of Regional Committee members are:
- To attend four meetings a year and to participate in some activities in between meetings
- To nominate representatives to sit on the Board of Trustees and other National Committees
- To receive reports for discussion, information and feedback as required
- To consider and approve the registration of Groups
- To actively promote Rethink Mental Illness and its key messages within the Region
- To maintain confidentiality and comply with Rethink Mental Illness policies and procedures
Every Regional Committee will have a workplan agreed by its members. Regional Committee members will either lead or support pieces of work and participate where possible. Some examples of what may be included in the workplan are:
- Organising an annual conference or members’ event
- Building relationships with local groups in the area and participate in the Adopt a Group scheme
- Visiting services and carrying out a ‘Friends and Family’ test
- Gathering and sharing local intelligence relevant to existing business and new opportunities
- Working with local networks and involvement in promoting our services models, e.g. Recovery / Crisis Houses, to Commissioners.
- Linking with the Campaigns team to promote national campaigns and encouraging regional campaigners, groups, activists, service users and members to focus on campaigns that have local relevance
- Promoting active involvement in digital communication and online forums e.g. blogs, Facebook etc.
- Linking with members and groups to support and participate in local fundraising events.
- Identifying opportunities to grow the membership of the organisation
How and when will the involvement take place?
The timings of the meetings are different for each Committee as they are arranged around the individual availability and membership of each.
What’s in it for me?
This is a rewarding and meaningful opportunity to contribute to the regional activities of Rethink Mental Illness. You will be able to influence our local campaigning, fundraising and awareness raising activities and strengthen and develop links with our services and registered groups. It will help with your personal development and enable you to use your existing skills and develop new ones.
Is a DBS Check required for this role? No
What support will I get?
We will ask you about your support needs and will try and accommodate these so that you can participate fully as a Regional Committee member. We will book your travel and will ensure that your expenses are paid promptly and according to policy.
Downloads for this role.
Please use the links below to download the role description and guidance notes for applying for this role.
Next steps and closing date.
In order to apply please complete an application form. You cna download one from this page, or contact the Governance Officer on 01704 511014. Send completed forms to firstname.lastname@example.org or post to;
Keith Pryce - Governance Officer
Rethink Mental Illness
The Shakespeare Centre
45/51 Shakespeare Street
Merseyside PR8 5AB
All applications are forwarded to the Regional Committee Chair and Senior Management Support for the committee and if there are vacancies on the committee you will be contacted to arrange a discussion about the role. This will give you an opportunity to ask any questions you may have and gives us an opportunity to learn more about you. This is an informal discussion and not a formal interview. Following this, if both parties are still interested, you will be invited to the next Regional Committee meeting and, following this meeting, the Regional Committee will discuss your application and ask if you wish to continue your application. A decision will be made and you will be contacted shortly after.
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