Job title: Service User Trustee
Reporting to: Chair, Board of Trustees
Contract: Fixed term for 12 months
Hours: Part time
Salary: Real Living Wage (London)
Location: Home working/ London
Closing date: We will interview as suitable candidates apply
We welcome applications from people with transferrable skills and qualities, and people with diverse employment histories and personal backgrounds.
About the role
As a service user trustee, you will have lived experience of a mental health issue or a learning disability. You will have used mental health or learning disability services – either ours, or similar services run by other organisations. You need to have an understanding of advocacy and a passion for helping The Advocacy Project be the best it can be – but you don’t need to have previous experience of charity governance.
We currently have two service user trustees, who play a key role on the board and make an essential contribution to discussions and decision-making. We will give you a full induction, with a ‘good trustee guide’ in easy read format if you would find that helpful. You will be mentored by the existing service user trustees as you build your experience of being a trustee. For each board discussion, we will give you information in a format that’s accessible for you, and support you to prepare ahead of each meeting. In all our meetings, we make sure everyone uses straight-forward language to explain their points – because that helps all of us make better decisions.
About The Advocacy Project
We help people speak up and make decisions about their health, wellbeing and social care. We’re here to make sure people across all ages and care groups can understand their rights, make effective choices about their lives and voice their concerns. Some of the ways we do this include:
- advocacy services that make sure people can express their wishes when decisions are being made about their care or wellbeing
- user involvement projects that help organisations improve what they offer by listening to people who use their services
- local Healthwatch organisations, which act as health and social care champions for the areas they serve and give people a direct channel to share their feedback
- innovative Personal Health Budget projects that allow people to access items and services to improve their wellbeing.
Our services are independent, confidential, and free to those receiving them. Together, our teams are standing up for essential rights and supporting people to have a say on the issues that matter to them.
How to apply
Upload your CV and a supporting statement explaining why you think you’re the person we’re looking for and how you meet the knowledge, skills and experience listed in the person specification. (NB we will only be accepting applications from candidates who upload both a supporting statement and CV).
It’s a legal requirement that you are eligible to work in the UK for all our posts.
If you have any questions, please email Judith Davey: