Become a Trustee / Director

Who are we?

Our vision is of a sustainable, socially inclusive and compassionate community that enable people to recover and develop positive mental health and well-being for all.  In our vision of the future, people with experience of mental distress can expect to lead fuller and healthier lives and to be treated equally and with dignity and respect.

Our purpose

Our purpose is to meet the needs and ambitions of people with experience of mental distress, to empower in making choices that will improve health and emotional well-being and lead towards a personal and continuing recovery journey.

Our values

  • We believe that people experiencing mental distress have the right to participate in full and valued lives within society
  • Our ethos sits with the principles of the Recovery movement. Recovery is about whole lives and providing opportunities for people to explore all facets of themselves, placing them firmly at the centre of making choices that enable them to make the most of their lives.
  • Our central ambition is to rekindle hope providing a positive response to an individual’s problems and to open routes to personal recovery, growth and well-being, while accepting and accounting for continuing difficulty and disability.
  • We value people for who they are, treating all equally and with dignity and respect, and embracing diversity. We have an open-door policy for everyone, whether or not they use other mental health services.
  • We believe in a culture of openness, participation, involvement, cooperation and coproduction so that our members, staff, volunteers and partners may work together to bring about the changes needed to make our vision a reality.

What is a Trustee?

The Board of Trustees consists of a group of individuals who come from a wide variety of backgrounds.  Many Trustees have their own lived experience of mental health issues.

The board works closely with the CEO and the Senior Management Team to ensure that our services are of a high quality, make a real impact and support our local community.

The Board currently meets once a month for 2 hours. We also hold an Annual General Meeting and we might expect Trustees to attend Strategic Planning events with the team.  There may be other opportunities for you to commit to throughout the year depending on your particular interests or experience, for example: volunteering, finance, fund raising etc.

What is the role of a Trustee?

  • Trustees are the people who are responsible for ensuring that a charity has a clear direction, that it remains true to its vision, and that it complies with all the necessary rules and legal obligations. Collectively they are known as the Board of Trustees.
  • The role is voluntary, but Trustees can be reimbursed for reasonable expenses incurred in their role as a Trustee.
  • Trustees can be thought of as the guardians of the charity’s best interests and promoting its aim within the local community and beyond.
  • Trustees have ultimate responsibility for directing the affairs of the charity, ensuring that it is solvent, well-run and delivering the charitable outcomes for the benefit of the public for which is has been set up.
  • Trustees must act with integrity and avoid any personal conflict of interest or misuse of charity funds or assets.
  • Trustees must have a duty of care to be prudent and as such use reasonable care and skill in their work as a Trustee, using their personal skills and experiences to ensure that the charity is well run and efficient.
  • Trustees can always avail themselves of external professional advice on all matters to ensure the efficient running of the charity. For example, financial, legal, HR etc where no such expertise exists amongst existing board members.

How to Apply?

If you think you want to become a Trustee come in and have a chat and pick up an application form.  This helps us to identify your existing skills and experience.

You will then be invited in to have an informal discussion about your application and for you to get a better idea of what is involved. If your application is progressed, you will be invited to attend a board meeting to listen and observe the work of the board meeting and see if it is right for you.  New Trustees are then either elected at the Annual General Meeting or co-opted to join the board until the next AGM.