Would you like to be on our new newsletter editing team?
We want to continue to change what the newsletter looks like, with more diverse content, more ways to get involved, and more of what you want.
To do this, we're looking for 3 guest editors to join as an editing team for 7 months, from April to October 2023.
The purpose of the newsletter is to:
- Hear from a diverse range of people with lived experience of mental health problems
- Contribute to the anti-stigma conversations in mental health
- Connect and collaborate with people with lived experience across the country
- Be a route to getting involved with Mind
About the role
We are particularly looking for people who have lesser understood mental health conditions, or come from marginalised backgrounds. This might include your ethnicity, class, age, disability, gender identity, or other parts of your identity. This is because we are committed to combating stigmatised experiences in mental health.
Each person will take turns in leading a theme for the newsletter each month. The other members of the team will support to research and write content. They'll come up with new ways to make the newsletter more engaged with what’s going on for people and communities across the country affected by mental health.
You'll work with the Mind team to develop your ideas, link to relevant content, and share your experiences through the newsletter. We'll have an induction pack to help you do this.
We'll be meeting every week from early April.
In line with Mind's influence and participation policy, you'll each receive £200 each month for your time.
Who we're looking for
To take on this role, you'll need:
- Access to the internet to use Microsoft documents online.
- A basic understanding of how to use Microsoft Word (you won't need a Microsoft Office license).
- To commit to at least 3 meetings a month, between 9am and 6pm on a weekday. Exact timings will be decided when the team is selected.
- To be able to create content in English. This could include written content, spoken content, videos or creative projects.
Support you can expect from us
We’ll meet with you 1 to 1 online to talk through what to expect. We’ll use this time to talk about any access needs you might have. We'll be able to share our accessibility form so you can tell us about anything you might need support with.
We'll give you an induction pack to help you develop your ideas. We'll be meeting weekly to discuss any issues you're facing.
A member of the team will also be available for an optional wellbeing check-in while you’re involved.
How to apply
To apply, please send an email or voice message with answers to the following questions:
- What would you like to do with the newsletter? Please include a theme or interest which you could share experiences about (maximum 100 words).
- What qualities do you have which contribute to successful team work? Please use an example, which can be from any area of your life (maximum 100 words).
- Is there anything else you'd like to add to support your application? (Maximum 100 words.)
Please also tell us:
- Your name
- Your email
- Your phone number
- Any accessibility requirements you have
Editors will be chosen based on their answers to the above questions. You can send us your response as an email, or via a voice or video recording.
If sending an email, please use the subject line ‘Guest editor team’ and send to [email protected]
If you're sending your response by video or voice message, please send it on WhatsApp to 075 0388 8998.
If you need this information in a different format, please email us at [email protected]
The deadline to apply is 10pm on Sunday 11 March 2023.
If your application is successful, we'll invite you to an interview. We'll let you know of the interview dates and times by Monday 20 March 2023.
Interviews will be held between 23 March and 30 March.
Inductions and our first group meeting will be held between 5 April and 18 April.