Be part of a discussion group to shape Mind membership

To make sure your voices are heard and to say thank you for all your hard work, Mind offers all shop volunteers a FREE Mind membership for the duration of their time as volunteers.

However, there are not many volunteers taking advantage of this opportunity at the moment and we want to understand why and we need your help to do it.

Finding out why

The Mind membership team will be running four discussion groups in April with around 10 shop volunteers each. Two of the discussion groups will be for volunteers who are not using the membership and two will be for those that already are.

Results of the discussion group will help us develop materials that will encourage new volunteers to join as well as make sure we are creating the right opportunities for our volunteers after they’ve joined.

What is Mind membership:

Mind’s members are at the heart of our work. By becoming a member, you join a growing group of people who play a part in everything we do, and who are determined to make sure that no-one faces a mental health problem alone.

As a Mind member you can:

  • get involved in all aspect of Mind’s work (from surveys, events and campaigns)
  • vote for Mind Trustees and help shape the issues Mind should be focusing on
  • keep updated on the mental health sector 
  • share your own personal experiences
  • access expert advice and resources

Find out more about Mind membership here.

What we are looking for:

  • You are Mind shop volunteer
  • Willingness to participate in a group discussion
  • Ability to travel to workshop
  • You are/are not a Mind member, depending on the focus group you select.

What can you expect from us:

We are able to pay each participant £50 for taking part and also cover any travel expenses. We are able to book travel for participants beforehand however the £50 participation fee will be provided around 2 weeks after the discussion group takes place.

We will be sending out a pack with information and advice before the focus group takes place. There will be a quiet room available at all times, should you feel that you need some time away from the session.

When it is happening:

The discussion groups will be taking place on the following dates and times:

Location: Leicester

Location: London

Tuesday 24 April 10:00am -1:00pm

(Members only)

Thursday 26 April  10:00am - 1:00pm

(Non members only)

Tuesday 24 April 2:00pm - 5:00pm

(Non Members only)

Thursday 26 April  10:00am - 1:00pm

(Members only)

Applying:

You can apply by completing this application form and sending via email to the Membership team at [email protected] or via post to: Mind Membership, 15-19 Broadway, Stratford, London E15 4BQ.

The deadline for applications is 13 April 2018. 

We'll get in touch with those we have selected by Monday 16 April.

Staying well

We hope that being part of a discussion group will be an enjoyable and rewarding experience, but it can sometimes be challenging. Please think carefully about how you’ll look after your own wellbeing before applying and make sure you have appropriate support in place.You might find it helpful to look at our information on staying mentally well and managing pressure.

Any questions?

If you have any questions, please contact the membership team by emailing [email protected] or give us a call on 020 8215 2348.

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