The Big Lottery funds the Like Minds Project working with young people and adults experiencing mental health difficulties, and helps to fund projects preventing isolation such as the Men's Shed.
Salary: Remunerated (£6,000 per annum)
Role: Chair (2 year term)
Location: Somerset area
Closing date: 20th June 2022 Reference: HQ00180925
Open Mental Health Voluntary Sector Alliance is the partnership between a VCSE alliance, the NHS, Somerset County Council, and individuals with lived experience of mental illness. We are working together to improve the way people in Somerset receive support with their mental health by providing access to a number of specialist and holistic services and by changing the way that support is offered and provided. We are working to change the culture and language associated with traditional mental health provision and believe that by working collaboratively in new and innovative ways we can support people together to achieve a better quality of life. Our alliance is currently undergoing a review of structure and governance, and our new chair will be a key player in this process.
In Somerset, we have built a partnership of more than 10 charities and been able to help tens of thousands of people. There is a 24-hour, seven day a week phoneline, getting over 2,400 calls a month. We are seeing or directly contacting 2,500 clients a month.
We are led in everything by coproduction and by the determination that there is no such thing as a wrong door when someone asks for help.
The successful candidate will bring executive experience as a chair or in a leadership role, you will have knowledge of the voluntary sector and health and mental health statutory and voluntary sectors and will be based in the Somerset area.
To download the appointment brief and for further details on how to apply please follow this link.
If you wish to have an informal discussion about the opportunity, please contact our retained advisor Jess Stockford at Prospectus on 0203 479 5405, or email Jessica.Stockford@prospect-us.co.uk
We are seeking an enthusiastic Early Years Practitioner qualified at Level 3 or equivalent for 15 hours with the flexibility to work between the hours of 8.00 – 5.30 and all year round, to start as soon as possible. Applicant must be able to work as part of a team, have good communication skills and knowledge and understanding of the EYFS.
It is desirable for you to have Childcare Safeguarding and Paediatric First Aid training. The hourly pay rate is dependent on experience. The position will be subject to an enhanced DBS and two satisfactory references.
Require part-time minibus drivers.
Hourly rate of pay is £9.58 this includes £0.68p in lieu of holiday pay.
Hours are flexible but may involve some early morning, evening and weekend work.
Applicants must have a caring disposition and hold a full clean driver’s licence with D1 category. Suitable applicants will be subject to mini bus test and DBS checks.
For more details and an application form please contact: 01963-34594
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The trustees have been recruited as representatives of our local community and for their diverse skills and experience, including health and wellbeing, especially mental health, business, finance, charitable activity and management. They ensure we make best use of funds we receive, and set our policies and procedures, and they shape our long term plans and protect our values and reputation.
Chair - Michael Bainbridge
Vice Chair - John Bartholomew
Treasurer - Paul White
The Balsam Centre is an independent charity set up by local people for local people.
Whilst the work of the Centre is long term, funding for its projects and services is all too frequently short term. We own the Balsam Centre building and let space in it to earn income. Many people using the Centre kindly make small donations and others sometimes (to our great delight) make large donations! All donations are valued and appreciated.
To see what we do, and hear what people who have benefited from the services have said about us, watch our short video.
We have signed up to be a part of Give As You Live where you can raise money for us - just by shopping online in your normal way! All you have to do is click on the link, choose your charity - The Balsam Centre - and then create an account.
The site will ask for your name, email address and a password. You can choose your favourite shops, or just use their search bar to find the product you are looking for. When you buy in this way, the retailer will donate an amount to us, and you can see exactly what you have donated. This is a great way for people who would like to support us to do so whilst doing their normal online shopping! All the big retailers are there, Amazon, Ebay, supermarkets, and department stores. Happy Shopping! And thank you for supporting us!!
We also have a Wonderful.org charity page where you can donate directly, and Wonderful will collect the tax for us! Just click on the logo.
It is largely thanks to help from a fund created by a legacy left by one person, that the Balsam Centre has been able to continue its mental health work over the last few years. The help that this has given hundreds of people is a permanent and living memorial to that person’s generosity. A legacy to the Balsam Centre is also one of the simplest ways that you can help the practical work of the Centre.