As a small local charity our trustees are vital and for just a few hours of your time each month, you can make a huge difference to people's lives as well as gaining plenty of valuable experience.
Trustees get a huge amount from the role. They have a central role in the work of the charity from setting the vision and mission, guiding the strategic direction of the organisation to overseeing the performance of the management team to ensure we are providing the best service possible to our community.
Being a trustee can also teach you a lot about how charities (and other organisations) are run, giving you experience in areas such as setting strategic goals, accounting, financial planning, employment practice and recruitment. Perhaps most importantly, you are a key influencer in improving mental health support across our region.
Trustees must be over the age of 18 and be able to spare 2-3 hours each month for meetings and some time to read papers prior to meetings. Trustees are always welcome to get involved in fundraising events or steering groups however this is not a requirement.
You will receive out of pocket expenses for taking on the role which includes attending a monthly meeting, reviewing business reports and attending events such as the Annual General Meeting.
We're always keen to welcome new volunteer trustees. If you have experience or knowledge of Human Resources, Legal Compliance, Marketing/Communications, Fundraising/Grant Applications or are active in your local community, particularly in the Whitby and Ryedale areas, please get in touch. Whilst we need these skills, we also welcome interest from anyone passionate about mental health and their local community who wants to have a say in how our services are run and developed. We’d particularly welcome anyone who is currently employed within the mental health sector in the NHS or local authority in any capacity. They may be a support worker, mental health nurse, manager, therapist or doctor. It is important to us as a charity that we build bridges between voluntary and clinical services, improve partnership working and develop services that fit with the demographic of our region. By becoming a trustee with SWR Mind your expertise as a health professional will help us better inform our evidence base.