YoungMinds Trustee

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03 September 2021

The pandemic has meant that our work has never been more vital. We must ensure that all young people can get the mental health support they need, when they need it, no matter what. 

We have a clear purpose and strategy to continue to grow significantly in our reach and impact, scaling this further into the future. To support this growth, we are looking to add new skills and experiences to our Board by appointing four Trustees to complement the current Board of eight Trustees.

We are recruiting for a permanent Chair, a Lead Safeguarding Trustee and two Trustee roles.

YoungMinds Trustee

Application deadline: Monday 4 October, 9am

  • Position
    Part-time (8-12 days a year). The position is unpaid, but reasonable expenses such as travel, overnight accommodation and childcare for meetings are provided.
  • Term
    Trustees will be appointed to the Board for three years, but can step down after two years. Trustees can seek reappointment after three years, but cannot stay in the role for more than nine years in a row.
  • Location
    From 2022 we aim for Board meetings to be half face-to-face and half virtual. Where in person, Board meetings are held at the YoungMinds office in London, SE1 2ND.

Being a YoungMinds Trustee

Our Trustees are a group of volunteers working together to steer the charity to meet the needs of young people. They empower the CEO and Senior Leadership Team to take responsibility for the day-to-day running of the charity, but are the final decision-makers with ultimate responsibility for the charity’s success or failure.

Trustees oversee everything a charity does, from setting its strategy to being responsible for its work and finances. Made up of a blend of experts across the charity sector, finance, business and children and young people’s mental health, our Board provides a guiding hand to ensure we’re fulfilling our objectives.

To learn more about what being a Trustee is all about, please register to join our free webinar - Roles and Responsibilities of Being a Trustee.

The webinar will be held Tuesday, 28 September 5:30pm - 6:30pm. Please register by 5pm on Thursday, 23 September.

Register now for our free webinar

Who we are

We’re the UK’s leading charity fighting for children and young people's mental health.

To learn more about YoungMinds and what we do, join our free webinar - An Introduction to YoungMinds. The webinar will be held on Monday, 27 September, 5.30-6.30pm. 

Please register by 5pm on Thursday, 23 September.  

Register for our webinar: An Introduction to YoungMinds

To stop young people's mental health reaching crisis point.

Every young person whose mental health ends up in crisis is a young person who has been failed. We know that the earlier young people can access the right help, the more likely it is that they can avoid these crises.

A world where no young person feels alone with their mental health.

We want to see a world where every young person who is struggling feels able to reach out, and has people and services around them who can really help.

To make sure all young people can get the mental health support they need, when they need it, no matter what.

Whether they need a reassuring conversation, specialist mental health support, or simply the knowledge that they are not alone in how they are feeling, we will make sure that all young people get support that meets them where they're at as quickly as possible.

What impact could you make as a board member?

We are looking for board members who have a genuine, heartfelt affinity to our cause, and have a passion for activism and campaigning for change. We have three main strategic programmes that you could help enhance:

Helping young people to look after their own mental health. We will provide young people with reassurance and advice to help them make positive choices for their mental health and know what to do next if they are struggling.

Making sure young people have adults around them who can really help. Whenever a young person opens up about their mental health to an adult they trust, we want them to find someone who really gets it and can respond positively.

Building a youth-led movement to make sure mental health support is there for anyone that needs it. By building a movement for change, through which young people can create the societal changes they want to see, we know that far more young people will get the support they need.

Read more about our 2020-23 strategy

What are the benefits of becoming a trustee?

As a YoungMinds Trustee, you will:

  • have an opportunity to influence and have impact at a critical time in young people's mental health
  • develop understanding of the impact of young people’s participation on their mental health
  • have the ability to shape how we develop our work with young people
  • develop knowledge of charity operations and the charity sector
  • connect with others who share your interests
  • work and learn from others as part of a team
  • have an impact on an organisation and cause you care about
  • develop or learn new skills, including leadership, collaboration, finance and decision-making
  • have an opportunity to give something back

What skills and experience are we looking for in our Trustees?

One of our values is: “We celebrate what makes you you – whoever you are, we welcome you and encourage you to be true to yourself.” We are committed to reaching as diverse a group of applicants as we can and would particularly welcome applications from people from communities that are under-represented in our sector, including those from black and minoritised communities and disabled people.

We aim to recruit a diverse range of Trustees to cover the skills we need. Each Trustee should have experience in at least one of the following (or similar transferable skills and/or experience):

  • the ability to drive our digital capability and help us to evolve our data, systems and services
  • a brilliant understanding of how to give young people a stronger voice through participation
  • mental health clinical expertise or experience
  • knowledge and experience of change management in an organisation
  • an understanding of how to work safely with young people

Our Youth Panel is a group of young people with lived experience of mental ill health. They help shape how we work and sit at the heart of everything we do, including recruitment. Here are some of the qualities they would like to see in our Trustees:

  • good listeners
  • enquiring mind and willingness to learn
  • people who embody our four values
  • see disagreement and challenge as a means to share learning and get somewhere better
  • appetite and confidence to be an ambassador for YoungMinds

About the role

For full details of the role, including the skills and experience we are looking for, please take a look at the Trustee role pack. We hope this will give you a clear insight into what we are looking for and inspire you to apply.

Download the Trustee role pack

How to apply

The application has two parts to it.

Firstly, a set of questions to give us a sense of your interest and what you could bring to the organisation as a Trustee.

Secondly, we ask you to send alongside this an updated CV. We will then use these to do the final shortlisting for those to invite to interview.

To apply, please:

  1. Please tell us a bit about yourself and one thing that makes you want to take on this role with YoungMinds right now.

  2. Referring to the skills and abilities we are looking for, please share the skills, experiences and perspectives you could contribute to the organisation as a Trustee.

  3. What support, training or development needs do you think you would have in your first twelve months as a Trustee, and how might you approach this?

  4. In five years’ time, what accomplishments would make you particularly proud to have been part of YoungMinds? 

  5. From your own experience, what makes for effective team working and how do you think this would benefit a Board of Trustees?

Please don’t feel you need to spend hours or write an essay – this is just to get a sense of you and what’d you’d bring to the role. As an indication, your total response to these questions should be about two sides of a word document, a slide per question, or a four- to five-minute video or audio clip.

Please send your response to the questions, your CV and completed Self-Identification and Personal Information and Reference forms by email to [email protected] by 9am on Monday, 4 October

Please clearly state the title of the role you are applying for in the subject of the email. 

What happens next?

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview with a panel made up of trustees, relevant staff and a member of our Youth Panel. The date for this is anticipated to be 2-3 November 2021. 

Candidates will also meet with all our Youth Panellists on 16 November 2021 to inform the final decision. It is envisaged that all interviews will be virtual.

Due to the nature of the work we do, before starting with us the following checks are carried out:

  • Reference check: All job offers are conditional on the receipt of satisfactory references.
  • We ask our Trustees to complete an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service Check. A previous conviction will not necessarily prevent you from joining YoungMinds. We are committed to treating all applicants fairly.
  • Identity check: We are also obliged to confirm your identity and obtain proof of your right to work in the UK.

Induction for the successful applicant will take place from November onwards. New Trustees will be formally appointed at a board meeting on 3 February 2022, 4-8pm.

If you have any queries about the role, webinar, or how to apply, please get in touch by emailing [email protected]

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