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This page has a list of opportunities (paid or voluntary) in the world of mental health. We share call outs for roles which are either with us or with other organisations who have made us aware of opportunities.


Volunteers needed in Rochdale

Volunteers needed to run groups at RBUF, an organisation based at 142 Drake St, Rochdale OL16 1PU

  • Women’s Group
  • Men’s Group
  • Healthy Lifestyles Group
  • Craft Group
  • LGBT Coffee Mornings
  • Butterflies (Trans) support Group

Full training will be provided and support will always be at hand. If you can spare a few hours each month and want to find out more information, please contact Adrian at adrian.palmer@rbuf.org.uk or telephone 01706 515720.


4 Co-researchers - University of Birmingham

Flexible: up to 30 days on a consultancy basis, until 30.11.18

This is an exciting opportunity to work as part of a team of researchers from the Health Service Management Centre and the Third Sector Research Centre at the University, on a National Institute of Health Research funded project.

The project’s aim is to investigate the role played by the voluntary sector in delivering care to people experiencing mental health crises. The project leaders are seeking to recruit four co-researchers with personal experience of a mental health crisis to ensure that the research is grounded in lived experience.

The co-researchers will be members of a team, which includes academic researchers, and they will be involved in all aspects of the research, including interviewing and analysis.

Ideally, applicants will have some previous experience of being involved in research and training and support will be provided.

There will be opportunities to disseminate the findings for different audiences, including policy makers. Regular attendance at team meetings will be required, and the post will require some travel, involving overnight stays, to different locations in England.


The successful candidates will have:

  • Some research experience
  • Lived experience of a mental health crisis and services
  • Positive attitude towards people with mental health issues
  • Ability to work collaboratively as a member of research team
  • Ability to communicate information clearly to different audiences.

All travel expenses will be reimbursed and the rate is approximately £28 per hour.


To apply for the post, please provide a CV and a personal statement (800 words maximum) saying why you are interested in the post and what you think you have to offer.

For an informal discussion or further information, contact Dr Karen Newbigging, k.v.newbigging@bham.ac.uk before 23 December 2016.

Please send your application to to Francesca Tomaselli F.Tomaselli@bham.ac.uk before 6 January 2017


Trustees - NSUN

Are you someone who has had experience of mental distress and/or using mental health services? Are you interested in being a Trustee with NSUN? 

We are looking for up to three new Trustees to join the NSUN Board.

This is a high-profile appointment to which you will bring your expertise and experience and an absolute commitment to a rights based approach in promoting the direct voice of people with experience of mental distress. 

The closing date for applications is Thursday 12 January 2017  - 5pm

Interviews will take place Friday 20 January 2017

Successful applicants will be formally voted onto the Board at the next NSUN annual general meeting TBC. The first Board for new Trustees is Tuesday 24 January 2017

You can find out more information and to download the relevant documents here.


Trustees - Mind Our Minds

Mind Our Minds are a group of individuals fighting for better UK mental health services. Recently established, they're looking to grow their team.

If you'd like to join in as a Trustee, please take a look at the group's blog, then answer the following questions:

  • Why do you want to be a Mind Our Minds trustee?
  • What experiences do you have that might be useful for Mind Our Minds?
  • If any, what relationship do you have to NHS Mental Health Services?
  • If you could make 3 key changes to NHS Mental Health services, what would they be?
  • What further support would you need to take part? (This will not affect your application)

Please send your answers by 18 November to Mind our Minds - you can get in touch by email (mindourmindsblog@gmail.com) or Twitter (@MindOurMinds)


Mental health and social care political advisor

An opportunity to advise Barbara Keeley, Shadow Minister for Mental Health and Social Care

Responsible to: Shadow Cabinet member,in conjunction with the Labour Party’s Director of Policy and Research
Location: Palace of Westminster, London
Overall Responsibility: To provide policy research, support and analysis, and media and communications support in the given policy area to the Shadow  Cabinet Member, frontbench team and the Leader of the Labour Party, as part of the Policy Directorate

For a full role description and person specification, please download this pdf


Call for Organisations to Develop Expertise in Service User Involvement and for Individuals to Help Deliver the Project - Real INSIGHT 

Hosted by NSUN and in partnership with Lankelly Chase, INSIGHT is a new, radical organisation developed by people with experience of multiple and complex needs.

Aiming to create a transformational model which empowers staff, service users and service providers in a new way, INSIGHT is offering up to 12 months free of charge expertise to improve service user involvement within 3 organisations that  work with either homelessness, mental health, criminal justice, substance misuse, domestic violence or related challenges, that share INSIGHT's vision and are willing to receive services for free in order to test the INSIGHT model. This document provides more details about this opportunity and tells you how to apply.

In order to achieve its goals, INSIGHT is also looking for individuals to become involvement consultants. This is a flexible role, fully described here.

To find out more about the project and apply, both individuals and organisations can get in touch with Lavinia Olmazu, who can be contacted by email or phone: 0203417 0182 / 077 1528 0300.


Music Therapist - NSUN

We are seeking a London-based Music Therapist to lead, help set up and establish a Music Therapy Programme for all our (many) members.

This is a voluntary but professional vacancy that could lead to a permanent position.

This vacancy should suit a recently unemployed Music Therapy university graduate with considerable or vast work placement experience or one who has been unemployed for ages but has proven and practical experience of working successfully as a Music Therapist, not just theoretical knowledge acquired from studying Music Therapy at university.

NSUN (National Survivor User Network), also known as the network for mental health, has a strong membership base of over 4000 that's still growing steadily so, this exciting role could be challenging and demanding.

If this sounds like the right opportunity for you and want more information about it, then please get in touch: Tim Aigoro segunaigoro@gmail.com


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