Who we are
The University Mental Health Advisers Network is a specialist CIO working in the field of student mental health. Our stated aims are to:
• Influence policy development in the fields of Education, Mental Health, Disability, and beyond, to proportionately and accurately represent the needs and interests of people with mental health conditions.
• Ensure mental health support staff working in education are equipped with the tools, support, and empowerment to best support students, and ensure national representation to influence the sector for good.
• Remove the barriers to the full participation of people with mental health conditions in higher education and beyond, encouraging the development of a culture in which people with mental health conditions studying in higher education is a mainstream notion.
For students with Mental Health Conditions to be supported by well-trained, knowledgeable and professional practitioners - to reduce risk and increase safety for them as they study.
For students with Mental Health Conditions to know their rights and how to access available support.
For the sector and general population to have a better understanding of Mental Health Conditions – including both the potential impact on study, but how people with Mental Health Conditions can and do live meaningful, positive and productive lives.
For UMHAN to be the primary membership organisation for multidisciplinary Mental Health Practitioners working in education and to be recognised for promoting and enabling effective, high quality and varied support provision.
We are a membership organisation with approximately 500 members from over 140 different organisations and are continuing to expand. We have recently welcomed our first international members. We empower Mental Health professionals working in education to develop their skills and expertise, and practice safely by providing networks, training and resources.
We are keen to recruit volunteers as Trustees who have an interest in student mental health, but also bring their own skills and experience to the role. This might be through your work or through other volunteering - the main thing is you have the time and commitment to help us maintain and develop the charity. We are looking for a minimum 2 year commitment.
We are particularly looking to recruit someone with marketing and communications experience as we have identified this as a gap in our skillset, but we also welcome applications from anyone who feels they have skills to offer. Please see our role descriptions for more information on what we are looking for.
Like other charities we are seeking to diversify our board so that it is more representative of our members and also hope to increase organisational creativity and problem solving through the different perspectives and life experiences which diversity brings. You can read more on our Equality & Diversity pages on our website.
We do not expect you to necessarily have management, board or Trustee experience, but the potential to develop leadership skills.
Please see our website for full details: https://www.umhan.com/pages/trustee-recruitment
What this role requires
Specific marketing and communications experience
Broad experience of communications / PR / marketing tasks and strategy
Ability to effectively guide the communications needs of a small and growing organisation
Knowledge of the type of work undertaken by the organisation
A wider involvement with the voluntary sector
The Board meets every 6 weeks via Zoom for approx. 1 hour. An additional 1-2 hours per week is required as minimum, to enable trustees to keep up to date with their role responsibilities.