£6,000 per year
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

Open Mental Health Voluntary Sector Alliance is the partnership between a VCSE alliance, the NHS, Somerset County Council, and individuals with lived experience of mental illness. We are working together to improve the way people in Somerset receive support with their mental health by providing access to a number of specialist and holistic services and by changing the way that support is offered and provided. We are working to change the culture and language associated with traditional mental health provision and believe that by working collaboratively in new and innovative ways we can support people together to achieve a better quality of life. Our alliance is currently undergoing a review of structure and governance, and our new chair will be a key player in this process.

In Somerset, we have built a partnership of more than 10 charities and been able to help tens of thousands of people. There is a 24-hour, seven day a week phoneline, getting over 2,400 calls a month. We are seeing or directly contacting 2,500 clients a month.

We are led in everything by coproduction and by the determination that there is no such thing as a wrong door when someone asks for help.

Chair (two-year term)

Remunerated (£6,000 per annum)

Somerset area

There is much more to do but Somerset has become one of the national examples of how to start looking for different ways of tackling community mental health. Somerset NHS Foundation Trust won the mental health trust of the year at the HSJ awards this year. Open Mental Health Voluntary Sector Alliance has been publicly praised by NHS leaders. Many eyes are on what we will do next - with your help! We need someone who cares deeply about the cause and has the emotional intelligence and insight to help us do the next bit of impossible.

The successful candidate will bring executive experience as a chair or in a leadership role, you will have knowledge of the voluntary sector and health and mental health statutory and voluntary sectors and will be based in the Somerset area.

To learn more about this unique opportunity, and to find out how to apply, please read the full appointment brief, on the Prospectus website, which can be reached by clicking on the “Apply on Website” Button.

Deadline for applications: Monday 20 June

Interviews with Somerset Open: w/c 04 July

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Posted on: 13 May 2022
Closed date: 30 May 2022 at 11:36
Job ref: HQ00180925
Tags: Management, Volunteer Management