Oxford, Oxfordshire
Unpaid role
Permanent, Part-time, Varied
Job description

Restore is an Oxfordshire-based mental health charity that that offers recovery groups, training and employment coaching.

Our values are firmly rooted in five critical characteristics:

  • Recovery – Enabling people to recover from mental illness and manage their own mental health and wellbeing

  • Support – Providing the opportunities to help ourselves and each other

  • Hope – Offering a positive future where everyone can fulfill their potential

  • Empowerment – Helping people to believe in themselves and what they can achieve

  • Respect – Accepting without judging as each person is unique

We are now looking for additional Trustees to join our board. Are you passionate about mental health and keen to dedicate your skills to improve the lives of others? Read on…

What will you be doing?

Our trustees work effectively together to hold Restore “In Trust” for those who it is intended to benefit. Trustees play a critical role at Restore as they are the people who make sure the charity does what it says it will. 

There are five main things that trustees are responsible for:

  • Ensuring that Restore has a clear vision, mission and strategic direction and is focussed on achieving these

  • Being responsible, with the other trustees, for the performance of Restore and its culture

  • Ensuring that Restore complies with all legal and regulatory requirements

  • Being guardians of Restore’s assets, taking due care over their security and proper application

  • Ensuring that Restore’s governance is of the highest possible standard

What is the time commitment?

We are looking for people who can:

  • Attend board meetings, one per quarter from 4:30pm, which rarely exceed two and a half hours. Attend the Annual General Meeting (AGM) once per year.

  • Join one of our sub-committees, linked to your skill set, in order to get a proper feel for what is going on.

  • Get involved in other activities depending on your skills/interests/preferences. 

  • Make visits to our recovery groups and head office teams to ensure we all stay close to the services we are providing

  • Collaborate and correspond by email to discuss things and make decisions in-between meetings.

  • The meetings are currently hybrid, where you can attend in person or online. We are aware that people who are working full-time or have family/other responsibilities may not be able to travel to the meetings in person sometimes. It is not a requirement that trustees live in Oxfordshire but it would probably work better if you live no further afield than a neighbouring county. This position isn't 100% remote but there is plenty of flexibility.

Trustees are appointed for a three-year term at a time which can be extended twice, meaning a maximum of nine years. 

What specialist skills do we need? 

We are particularly keen to talk to people with the following specialist skills:

  • Property development/surveying/large building project experience

  • Clinical expertise in mental health 

  • Public sector/health sector experience

  • Research

  • Legal

  • Fundraising

Don’t see yourself above? No problem - we are currently looking to talk to potential trustees with a wide variety of skills so please do contact us irrespective of whether you hold any of these specialisms.

What sort of people are you looking for?

There are no specific requirements – our current trustees are all very different. We have been a fairly diverse board over the years and are still looking for ways to improve. We recognise the need to be entirely representative of the community we serve in Oxfordshire and with this in mind, we’re keen for our board to reflect it. We are keen to hear from adult applicants of all ages, gender, ethnicity, sexuality and sexual orientation, socio-economic background, religion, neurodiversity and lived experiences. 

Like to know more or apply?

You can take a look at our website for more information. If you wish to apply, please click the 'apply with Charity Jobs' button to attach a CV and covering letter. 

It is important to note that pre-appointment declarations will be requested to ensure that candidates have not been disqualified by law from acting as a trustee.

We will consider all applications and respond to candidates promptly. 



More about Restore

Mental illness affects one in four of us in our lifetime but people can, and do, recover.


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Refreshed on: 14 December 2021
Closed date: 29 December 2021
Tags: Governance