The role of Mind Equality Improvement leaders is a two year term and those who join would be expected to:
- Share expertise of ways to involve people from marginalised communities in order to develop staff knowledge and good practise therefore embedding equalities into everyday practise at Mind.
- Work in partnership with Minds’ Influence and Participation Coaches (coaches work on specific projects with staff) in order to influence decision making within the organisation.
- Provide expert (on the needs of diverse groups) feedback on national policies/projects in a constructive way e.g. peer reviewing Mind information resources.
- Co-facilitate group and or training sessions.
- Attend and participate in 4 meetings with Mind staff per year facilitated by Mind Equality Improvement team to influence key Mind policies and projects.
- Be flexible and contactable by email and phone.
- Have the flexibility to respond to queries quickly.
- Be available to support Mind staff and Influence and Participation coaches when required (via phone, online and in person – up to a maximum 21 hours per month) at the discretion of Mind Equality Improvement team.
- Attend additional meetings as required and agreed by group.
Please be aware that we don’t expect members to know about the needs of different marginalised communities outside of their background. Although at this level, we expect members to be able to promote inclusion by also championing other community needs they learn about in this steering group as well as signpost to others who may hold this knowledge.
What you can expect from us?
In exchange for your expertise, remuneration will be for £230 per every 7 hours of your involvement in addition to reasonable travel expenses and accommodation if required. Please note, accommodation will only be considered by Mind Equality Improvement team if the length of journey requires it.
What skills are we looking for?
We want to make sure that those involved in shaping and developing our work feel empowered and able to make a valuable contribution. Below are key skills required for this role. You will need to demonstrate how you meet them in order to be considered for this role:
- Direct personal experiences of mental health problems & experience of using this in your everyday work
- Substantial experiences of advising on diverse needs and lived experience of people from marginalised communities
- A good understanding of engaging marginalised communities and its challenges
- Understanding and sharing Minds values
- Experience of presenting and speaking in a group environment
- Demonstrable experience of communicate ideas in an empowering way and offer constructive feedback
- Good listening skills - focusing on the questions/tasks and exploring other’s opinions even if they are different from your own
- Objectivity - the ability to think about the needs of all people with mental health issues in relation to the work we are doing
- The ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds
- A good level of spoken and written English
- The ability to manage competing priorities
- Experience of facilitating group discussions
- Experience of planning and / or delivering training