Who we are
Men Who Talk runs peer-to-peer support groups for men aged 18+ across the UK. These are hosted via zoom and cover general topics, themes around mental health, sexuality, work based pressures and identity. In addition to this, through our social media platforms we actively engage with men across the UK, especially through our recently established facebook group.
We also have ambitious plans to grow our offering, including running workshops, engagement programmes and many other exciting things.
Applications are encouraged from across the UK. Board meetings currently take place once every 6 weeks, lasting on average between 60-90 minutes, taking place online. In person “vision and strategy” days also occur twice per year, taking place in London.
Trustees are required to prepare in advance of board meetings, by reading circulated materials such as the meeting pack.
In addition to the regular board meetings, trustees are expected to manage and maintain a “key focus” area within the board. This will be related to their area of expertise (such as finance, accounting, fundraising or marketing etc), with responsibility for providing regular reports and updates to the board (reporting at a minimum of at each board meeting). Training and development will be provided where possible. Trustees are expected to maintain open, frequent communication between the board and the leaders of the organisation. This is expected via email, phone calls and in-person catch ups where possible.
Working in a small charity, especially one centred in the mental health sector, requires patience, flexibility and a “can-do” attitude. It also requires passion and commitment, especially during more challenging periods which every charity face.
The minimum time commitment for this role is 1 working day per month (equivalent of 8 hours), in addition to the six-weekly 90 minute board meetings. MWT is flexible as to when you complete your duties, and the role can be done remotely (bar the in-person days). The minimum term is 3 years, with the possibility of extending to a 2nd term.
- Passion for the improvement of mental health, specifically men’s, is essential. We are also looking for candidates with additional experience in one or more of the following:
- Impact, monitoring and evaluation
- Fundraising and bid writing
- Digital development
- Strategy development / organisational growth
Particular preference will be shown at this stage to those who have an interest in being Treasurer, and those with experience in fundraising and bid writing.
It is an exciting time to be joining our Board as we continue to grow and develop our fantastic charity. Working relationships are friendly, supportive, productive and highly professional. We are looking for candidates with a willingness to commit time, energy and expertise to conduct the role well.
Through your ability to form meaningful and impactful relationships, you will become an important and effective ambassador for our charity. You will be intellectually curious about, and inspired by, the work we do and our plans and not afraid to think outside the box.
The person specification
- Passionate about the improvement of men’s mental health and wellbeing
- Commitment to the organisation, its vision and purpose
- Commitment to the principles of open dialogue, even when difference of opinion arise
- A “can-do” attitude and willingness to work in areas that may be new and exciting
- A willingness to devote the necessary time and energy
- A strategic thinking with an ability to be involved in the detail when needed
- Good, independent judgement
- An ability to think creatively
- A willingness to speak their mind in a constructive way
- An understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship
- An ability to work effectively as a member of a team
- Selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.
- Tact and diplomacy
- Good communication and interpersonal skills
- Proficient in Microsoft and Google platforms and technologically competent.
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