Could you be an expert by experience at our next Information Forum meeting?

 

 

  • We are looking for two people to visit our team in London for our next Information Forum meeting on Wednesday 27th November (arriving at 2pm for a 2.30-4.30pm meeting).
  • The deadline for applications is Monday 4th November at 9am.
  • We'll give you £100 to say thanks and we'll pay your travel expenses.

 

What are Information Forum meetings?

Every 3 months Mind holds an Information Forum meeting at our offices in Stratford where we discuss the information that is due to be updated soon.

These meetings are a chance for us to talk through the user feedback we have received on this topic and what sorts of changes to the information we need to make to ensure it is up-to-date, relevant and as useful to people as possible.

What topics are we covering this time?

At our next meeting we will be discussing:

If you have experience of one or more of these please do consider applying. Of these, the topics we are hoping to particularly focus on this time are Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) and CBT so, while it is helpful if you have experience of the other topics, these are the topics we are recruiting for in particular at this time.

What's involved?

  • We will send you our current information on these topics before the meeting and ask you to have a bit of read over of it, so that you have some idea of what we already provide on these topics.
  • During the meeting you will have an opportunity to contribute to discussions about what could be better about this info, further research that may need to be done and anything that you feel from your personal experience would be useful to input.
  • The sessions take the format of an informal discussion group, with a maximum of around twelve Mind staff attending. We are a friendly bunch so the atmosphere is really informal and we'll do everything we can to make you feel welcome and comfortable!
  • We are happy to discuss any support or reasonable adjustments that you need in order to take part, so please feel free to mention this in your application if relevant.

We pay £100 plus your travel, and up to £7 in lunch expenses for the day. We can also book your travel up for you if you would prefer this, so you don’t need to worry about organsing or paying for anything in advance if that is best for you.

What skills do I need?

To take part, the following skills are useful:   

  • Personal experience of the topics we are covering (essential)
  • Happy contributing to group discussions
  • Ability to be open and honest about your experiences
  • Ability to talk about your experiences in a way that feels safe to you
  • Ability to consider ways in which our information could be improved
  • Readiness to give feedback on the experience of taking part so that we can constantly look to improve how we run these groups

When you fill out the application form, you can tell us how you meet this description. You may want to keep a copy of this page open so you can look at it when filling out the application form.

You must be over 18 to apply.

We welcome applications from a diverse range of people, and are happy to talk about support we can offer to help you participate.

Although, admittedly, a little scary at first I was soon put at ease by the genuine warmth, compassion and willingness to understand by those I addressed. I feel proud that I have been able to give a little back in return for all the help and support I have received over the years.

How to apply

Just click 'Apply now' to fill out a quick application form.

You need to apply by Monday 4th November at 9am, and we will get back to you within the week or so following this to let you know whether you have been selected.

If there have been a lot of applications and we haven't been able to select you this time, there are lots of other ways you can get involved in our work, which we will direct you towards.

Any personal information you give us will be used solely for the purpose of selecting an expert by experience. All applications will be held securely by Mind and safely deleted within 2 months of the closing deadline. We will only share your information with other teams within Mind if you have given us permission.

If you have any questions, you can email [email protected].  We try to get back to everyone as soon as possible but if we receive a lot of queries sometimes this can take up to 5 working days.

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