Time to Change is a growing movement of people changing how we all think and act about mental health. Our voice is stronger and louder thanks to funding from the Department of Health and Social Care, Comic Relief and the Big Lottery Fund using National Lottery funding. Our campaign is run by charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness.
The Children and Young People (CYP) team is at the heart of this work, aiming to improve the attitudes and behaviour of young people, parents and teachers about mental health.
We are seeking 8 Regional Coordinators who will carry out vital local campaigning work to grow the movement and embed anti-stigma work in their community and across the nearby region and they will also play a peer leadership role for Time to Change young champions who are young people wanting to draw on their personal experience of mental health problems to campaign for change. This is a part time role (15 hours per week, to be worked flexibly).
Please include any work experience, volunteering or activism and/or employment you have undertaken on your CV and please answer all application questions with the person specification in mind.
This role involves:
- Organising regional activity to galvanise local support for national Time To Change initiatives
- Co-facilitating training sessions to teachers and youth professionals (These are 2 – 3 hour scripted training sessions to improve attitudes and behaviours around mental health) This will involve presenting to audiences of up to 25 people
- Train young leaders in schools to campaign for Time to Change
- Provide youth focused leadership and campaign support to Young Champions who will be aged 16-25
- Organise campaigning and public engagement opportunities for local Young Champions
The successful candidate will have:
- Your own experience of mental health problems and a willingness to use that experience to undertake campaigning on behalf of Time to Change
- The ability to relate to, represent and inspire young people who have experienced mental health stigma and discrimination and the ability to support, coach and encourage people with experience of mental health problems (aged 16-25)
- Experience of public speaking such as delivering presentations, workshops, or training sessions to either adults or young people
- Well-developed IT skills, including ability to communicate and access resources on the web
- Knowledge and experience of the children and young people’s mental health system and/or sector
- Experience of working or volunteering with children and young people in a school or a youth setting
- The ability to build and successfully manage relationships with a wide range of stakeholders; members of the public (incl. schools, parents and children), government funders and other charities
- Proven ability to work to tight deadlines
- An understanding of the value of peer led campaigning and leadership by people with lived experience of mental health problems
What we offer:
- Contributory pension scheme
- Life assurance
- 33 days annual leave (pro rata) including statutory/bank holiday
- Where appropriate paid eye test plus up to £55 towards the cost of new glasses or lenses
- Excellent career development opportunities
This is a fixed term post from April 2019 to April 2020
Interviews will take place mid-February in London. Reasonable travel expenses will be reimbursed.
The starting date for this post will be the first working day of April 2018. Successful candidates will be required to attend a residential Campaign Bootcamp training week as part of their role. The 2019 Bootcamps are due to take place in Spring or Summer.