Opportunity: Lived experience Facilitator – Maternal Mental Health

As part of Comic Relief’s Maternal Mental Health strategy, Comic Relief has identified the need to develop bespoke quality assurance principles for third sector organisations providing peer support services in perinatal mental health. Mind and McPin Foundation will be working in partnership with the Maternal Mental Health Alliance (MMHA) and Comic Relief to develop set of Peer Support quality assurance principles for local providers across the UK.

What is the opportunity:

We are recruiting four women who have experienced mental health problems whilst pregnant or after the birth of their child.

Those recruited will work with us to co-facilitate three consultation events and a number focus groups in order to help us co-design a series of maternal mental health peer support principles with members of the Maternal Mental Health Alliance and women with lived experience.

We are looking for:

To apply you will need to demonstrate how you meet the following criteria in our application form:

  • Lived experience of a mental health problem whilst pregnant or after birth of your child
  • Facilitation experience
  • Excellent communication skills
  • A good understanding of peer support
  • Ability to present and speak to large groups of people
  • Ability to travel in the UK
  • Good organisational skills
  • Team working

Further information about the role can be found in the role description.

When is it happening?

Events and focus groups will be taking place across the UK between February 2018 – September 2018, you will be required to take part in three consultation events and at least one focus group during this time. There may also be additional preparation meetings to attend.

What you can expect from us?

We are able to pay you £230 per day (7hrs) and reimburse your expenses including travel. We expect this work to take up to 5 days of your time spread across 5 months.

Support and induction will be provided by McPin Foundation and Mind.

Apply by:

The deadline for applications is 9am on 29th January 2018

Interviews will take place on 7th and 8th February 2018.

Apply to:

Please send your completed application form to engagement@mind.org.uk
Or post it to Leadership and Engagement Team, Granta House, 15 – 19 Broadway, Stratford, London E15 4BQ

Who is involved:

The Maternal Mental Health Alliance is a well-established coalition of over 80 national professional and patient organisations committed to improving the mental health and wellbeing of women and their children in pregnancy and the first postnatal year. Mind is a leading mental health charity, we recently published the findings of our research into Peer Support; Side by Side – Improving Mental Health through Peer SupportMcPin Foundation is a research organisation which exists to transform mental health research by putting the lived experience of people affected by mental health problems at the heart of research methods and the research agenda.

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