Mental Health Foundation
Mental Health Foundation

Charity number 801130

Our vision is for a world with good mental health for all. Our mission is to help people understand, protect and sustain their mental health. Prevention is at the heart of what we do, because the best way to deal with a crisis is to prevent it from happening in the first place.

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Research Assistant

  • Full time
  • £25,000 – £28,000
  • Glasgow
  • Closing 19th March 2021

The Mental Health Foundation is recruiting for a Research Assistant to support our Research Team in Glasgow. This is a full time fixed term post to 31 July 2022.

The Mental Health Foundation is the UK’s leading charity for everyone’s mental health. We are home to Mental Health Awareness Week and, with prevention at the heart of what we do, we aim to find and address the sources of mental health problems so that people and communities can thrive.

Our focus is on three key areas:

1. Impact

We systematically consider how to scale ideas informed by evidence. We build partnerships and alliances that increase the impact and reach of our work.

2. Influence

We harness evidence and the voice of lived experience to advocate for preventive approaches and create campaigns which tackle the root causes of poor mental health.

3. Integrity

We continue to build a strong organisation that lives its values - that is open, kind, outward-looking and sustainable.

We have pioneered change for 70 years and we are not afraid to challenge the status quo. Come join us!

This exciting Research Assistant role will support the delivery of large-scale research and learning programmes, primarily the Barnardo’s Mental Health and Wellbeing evaluation programme, work with the wider research team on a range of research programmes and enhance dissemination of research and knowledge by facilitating learning events using online platforms and technologies.

What does the role involve?

· To support the undertaking of research, evaluation and learning activities that support the delivery of a range of large-scale mental health programmes, including the Barnardo’s Health and Wellbeing evaluation.

· To support the undertaking of evaluation and research activities (primary and secondary) with the research team and employ appropriate research methodologies.

· To support the dissemination of research knowledge through contributing to sections of written reports and materials and carrying out administrative activities related to face-to-face and online learning events.

· To assist development and delivery of organisational objectives by providing insight from research and evaluation and working with internal and external stakeholders to pursue these objectives.

· To work with team members to contribute to the production of research project plans, including agreed objectives, outcomes and measures, deliverables, and milestones, and leading on smaller sections of project plans as appropriate.

· To assist in reporting back to partners and funders on progress of projects as required throughout the life of the project, and on conclusion of the project.

What skills, knowledge and experience are we looking for?

· Demonstrable experience of conducting research and evaluation including using mixed methods of data collection and analysis.

· Evidenced successful strong written communication skills with experience of producing clear reports and articles for a range of audiences

· Demonstrable understanding of the principles of research and evaluation design.

· Demonstrable understanding of the impact of inequalities and adversity on mental health and wellbeing.

Why should you join the Mental Health Foundation?

· 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays, rising to 27 after 5 years’ service.

· 3 closure days between Christmas and New Year.

· Up to 3 wellbeing days per annum.

· Employee Assistance Programme.

· Generous non-contributory pension scheme, 8% at 3 months service, rising to 10% at 6 months service employer contribution.

· Life Assurance Scheme at four times annual salary.

· Flexible working.

· Season Ticket Loan.

· Cycle to work scheme.

Please note that for safeguarding purposes, all our roles require a PVG/DBS check. Also, we are unable to provide sponsorship for this post, you must be able to demonstrate your eligibility to work in the UK.

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Development Officer

  • Part time
  • £30,000 – £33,857 pro-rata
  • Glasgow
  • Closing 9th June 2021

The Mental Health Foundation, the UK’s leading charity for everyone’s mental health are recruiting for the role of Development Officer to work for Voices of Experience (VOX), Scotland’s lived experience members led charity.

VOX is Scotland’s members led charity for people with lived experience of mental distress. VOX represent members’ views to Scotland’s politicians and health professionals to make sure Scotland’s laws and mental health services reflect its members needs and interests.

This exciting Development Officer role will build opportunities for those who have, or have had lived experience of mental distress to be able to influence the development of mental health services and society more generally.

This will involve arranging inclusive, innovative events, activities and other methods to engage with members to ensure their views are effectively captured, and to work directly with those who wish to take on representative roles. The Development Officer will be expected to support the development of policy responses in order to ensure members views are heard by policy makers, and to ensure we represent these views at relevant meetings and events. The role shall also involve linking our group members together, building capacity and ensuring we hear from a diverse range of groups and organisations. The main duties are:

· To represent VOX members’ views at a range of meetings.

· To assist in pulling together briefings/overviews of current policy papers in ways which are relatable and meaningful to members.

· To plan, prepare and facilitate VOX members’ meetings and discussion groups.

We are looking for an individual who has a wide-ranging understanding of human rights, social justice issues and the inequalities encountered by those who have experienced mental health problems/distress. Also an individual with exceptional skills and breadth of experience of working alongside people with lived experience of mental distress. The role will require the ability to engage effectively with the Scottish Policy, Service and Practice environments.

Why should you apply for this role?

· 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays, rising to 27 after 5 years’ service

· 3 closure days between Christmas and New Year

· Up to 3 wellbeing days per annum

· Employee Assistance Programme

· Generous non-contributory pension scheme, 8% at 3 months service, rising to 10% at 6 months service employer contribution

· Life Assurance Scheme at four times annual salary

· Flexible working

· Season Ticket Loan

· Cycle to work scheme

Please note that for safeguarding purposes, all our roles require a DBS/PVG check. Also, we are unable to provide sponsorship for this post, you must be able to demonstrate your eligibility to work in the UK.

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Programme Development Officer (Refugees and Asylum Seekers)

  • Full time or Part time
  • £30,000 – £33,857
  • Glasgow
  • Closing 7th June 2021

The Mental Health Foundation is recruiting for a Programme Development Officer (Refugees and Asylum Seekers) to support our Programmes (Adults) Team in Scotland.

The Mental Health Foundation is the UK’s leading charity for everyone’s mental health. We are home to Mental Health Awareness Week and, with prevention at the heart of what we do, we aim to find and address the sources of mental health problems so that people and communities can thrive.

Our focus is on three key areas:

1. Impact

We systematically consider how to scale ideas informed by evidence. We build partnerships and alliances that increase the impact and reach of our work.

2. Influence

We harness evidence and the voice of lived experience to advocate for preventive approaches and create campaigns which tackle the root causes of poor mental health.

3. Integrity

We continue to build a strong organisation that lives its values - that is open, kind, outward-looking and sustainable.

We have pioneered change for 70 years and we are not afraid to challenge the status quo. Come join us!

This is a significant role in supporting the Foundation to achieve the aim of reducing inequalities experienced by refugees and asylum seekers who are at high risk of developing mental health problems or have lived experience of mental health.

The postholder will work with the refugee and asylum seeker communities using the principles of empowerment and co-production to increase access to services and ensure their voices shape Scottish policies, strategies and services. The postholder will also work with key organisations across Scotland so that they can better engage with, involve and work with refugee and asylum seekers.

What does the role involve?

· Support our existing work and lead on implementing new projects when required.

· Developing and facilitating training to local authorities.

· Ensuring the voices of refugees and asylum seekers are heard and inform local and national policies.

· Advancing community development initiatives in local areas to enhance the mental health and wellbeing of refugees and asylum seekers.

What skills, knowledge and experience are we looking for

· Evidenced working knowledge of the policy process from national to local level for asylum seekers and refugees.

· Evidenced successful oral communication skills, including presentations.

· Personal lived experience of being an asylum seeker or refugee, and of using this to inform professional practice (or considerable experience and credibility in this field).

· Demonstrable experience of designing and delivering training.

Why should you join the Mental Health Foundation?

· 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays, rising to 27 after 5 years’ service

· 3 closure days between Christmas and New Year

· Up to 3 wellbeing days per annum

· Employee Assistance Programme

· Generous non-contributory pension scheme, 8% at 3 months service, rising to 10% at 6 months service employer contribution

· Life Assurance Scheme at four times annual salary

· Flexible working

· Season Ticket Loan

· Cycle to work scheme

Please note that for safeguarding purposes, all our roles require an enhanced DBS/PVG check. Also, we are unable to provide sponsorship for this post, you must be able to demonstrate your eligibility to work in the UK.

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Membership Development Officer

  • Part time
  • £30,000 – £33,857 pro-rata
  • Glasgow
  • Closing 16th July 2021

The Mental Health Foundation, the UK’s leading charity for everyone’s mental health are recruiting for the role of Membership Development Officer to work for Voices of Experience (VOX), Scotland’s lived experience members led charity.

This is a part-time fixed-term role at 21 hours per week, initially for 1 year. Starting salary £30,000 rising to £33,857 pro rata.

VOX is Scotland’s members led charity for people with lived experience of mental distress. Who represent members’ views to Scotland’s politicians and health professionals to make sure Scotland’s laws and mental health services reflect members needs and interests.

This exciting Membership Development Officer role will focus on reigniting the membership of VOX to ensure VOX are hearing from a broad range of people who have lived experience of mental health problems/mental distress. VOX want to ensure they can represent the voice of lived experience across Scotland and to develop good practice ways to capture members experiences and views around mental health and related issues.

What does the role involve?

• To recruit a large pool of members who can become part of the “snapshot of members views” mechanism we want to develop to inform policy

• To work with a range of stakeholders to arrange and facilitate conferences and events to build and develop membership, and raise VOX’s profile

• To create and edit content for external communications on several platforms, ranging from website articles, press releases, editorial and newsletters

We are looking for an individual who has a wide-ranging understanding of human rights, social justice issues and the inequalities encountered by those who have experienced mental health problems/distress. The post holder will also need to understand how to grow membership, plan events and build an organisations profile effectively. Experience within marketing or communications is crucial as well as relevant experience within a mental health or related field.

Why should you apply for this role?

• 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays, rising to 27 after 5 years’ service

• 3 closure days between Christmas and New Year

• Up to 3 wellbeing days per annum

• Employee Assistance Programme

• Generous non-contributory pension scheme, 8% at 3 months service, rising to 10% at 6 months service employer contribution

• Life Assurance Scheme at four times annual salary

• Flexible working

• Season Ticket Loan

• Cycle to work scheme

Please note that for safeguarding purposes, all our roles require a DBS / PVG check. Also, we are unable to provide sponsorship for this post, you must be able to demonstrate your eligibility to work in the UK.

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Volunteer Engagement Officer

  • Part time
  • £30,000 – £33,857 pro-rata
  • Glasgow
  • Closing 16th July 2021

The Mental Health Foundation, the UK’s leading charity for everyone’s mental health are recruiting for the role of Volunteer Engagement Officer to work for Voices of Experience (VOX), Scotland’s lived experience members led charity.

This is a part-time fixed-term role at 21 hours per week, initially for 1 year. Starting salary £30,000 rising to £33,857 pro rata.

VOX is Scotland’s members led charity for people with lived experience of mental distress, who represent members’ views to Scotland’s politicians and health professionals to make sure Scotland’s laws and mental health services reflect members needs and interests.

This exciting Volunteer Engagement Officer role will focus on empowering people with lived experience of mental health problems to utilise their expertise to improve the way mental health services and society develop.

This will involve developing programmes of work using co-production or community development approaches in order to ensure VOX’s work is driven by its members. The Volunteer Engagement Officer shall identify individuals who can become actively engaged in key programmes of work, and sustain, build and manage this involvement to ensure co-production becomes embedded in how VOX facilitates change.

What does the role involve?

• To embrace innovative and flexible ways of engaging with people with lived experience of mental health problems that are meaningful to them e.g. visual arts, drama, podcasts.

• To utilise a range of approaches to increase involvement within VOX and encourage volunteering in our programmes of work.

• To develop work with volunteers on creating “mentally healthy safe spaces”, and “good practice guidelines around engaging with members” and to review volunteering policies currently being used.

• Engage with external stakeholders to work collaboratively with our programmes, and in-line with co-production/members led principles.

We are looking for an individual who has a wide-ranging understanding of human rights, social justice issues and the inequalities encountered by those who have experienced mental health problems/distress. Also the post holder will need to have an understanding of emancipatory approaches to working with volunteers - to foster ownership and commitment to the work of the project is of primary importance. A demonstrable ability to inspire, engage and build trust with individuals, and experience of how to plan and deliver members led programmes of work.

Why should you apply for this role?

• 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays, rising to 27 after 5 years’ service

• 3 closure days between Christmas and New Year

• Up to 3 wellbeing days per annum

• Employee Assistance Programme

• Generous non-contributory pension scheme, 8% at 3 months service, rising to 10% at 6 months service employer contribution

• Life Assurance Scheme at four times annual salary

• Flexible working

• Season Ticket Loan

• Cycle to work scheme

Please note that for safeguarding purposes, all our roles require a DBS / PVG check. Also, we are unable to provide sponsorship for this post, you must be able to demonstrate your eligibility to work in the UK.

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Research Assistant

  • Part time
  • £25,000 – £28,000 pro-rata
  • Glasgow We are blending office and homeworking until further notice.
  • Closing 23rd September 2021

The Mental Health Foundation is recruiting for a Research Assistant to support our Thriving Learners study in Glasgow. This is a part time fixed term post to 30th September 2022.

The Mental Health Foundation is the UK’s leading charity for everyone’s mental health. We are home to Mental Health Awareness Week and, with prevention at the heart of what we do, we aim to find and address the sources of mental health problems so that people and communities can thrive.

Our focus is on three key areas:

Impact

  • We systematically consider how to scale ideas informed by evidence. We build partnerships and alliances that increase the impact and reach of our work.

Influence

  • We harness evidence and the voice of lived experience to advocate for preventive approaches and create campaigns which tackle the root causes of poor mental health.

Integrity

  • We continue to build a strong organisation that lives its values - that is open, kind, outward-looking and sustainable.
  • We have pioneered change for 70 years and we are not afraid to challenge the status quo. Come join us!

This exciting Research Assistant role will support the delivery of our Thriving Learners Study. Thriving Learners is the largest research study of its kind aiming to build a better understanding of mental health and wellbeing of students in Scotland. This work will lead to recommendations on prevention, early intervention and support of learners’ mental health and wellbeing within higher and further education institutions.

What does the role involve?

  • To support the undertaking of primary research with a focus on quantitative research and the analysis of large data sets.
  • To support research administration including survey dissemination, organising interviews and focus groups and supporting wider governance structures.
  • To support the dissemination of research knowledge through contributing to sections of written reports and journal papers. In addition, supporting the organisation and running of face to face and online learning events.
  • To work with team members to contribute to the production of research project plans, including agreed objectives, outcomes and measures, deliverables, and milestones, and leading on smaller sections of project plans as appropriate.
  • To assist in reporting back to partners and funders on progress of projects as required throughout the life of the project, and on conclusion of the project.

What skills, knowledge and experience are we looking for?

  • Demonstrable experience of undertaking research and evaluation studies with a focus on quantitative methodology.
  • Skilled in the use of dedicated statistical software packages such as SPSS or R (or equivalent).
  • Evidenced successful strong written communication skills with experience of producing clear reports and articles for a range of audiences
  • Demonstrable understanding of the principles of research and evaluation design.
  • Demonstrable understanding of the impact of inequalities and adversity on mental health and wellbeing.

Why should you join the Mental Health Foundation?

  • 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays, rising to 27 after 5 years’ service (pro rata).
  • 3 closure days between Christmas and New Year.
  • Up to 3 wellbeing days per annum.
  • Employee Assistance Programme.
  • Generous non-contributory pension scheme, 8% at 3 months service, rising to 10% at 6 months service employer contribution.
  • Life Assurance Scheme at four times annual salary.
  • Flexible working.
  • Season Ticket Loan.
  • Cycle to work scheme.

Please note that for safeguarding purposes, all our roles require a PVG/DBS check. Also, we are unable to provide sponsorship for this post, you must be able to demonstrate your eligibility to work in the UK.

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Top job! Senior Policy and Public Affairs Manager

  • Full time
  • £40,000 – £46,000
  • Glasgow
  • Closing 22nd November 2021

The Mental Health Foundation is recruiting for a Senior Policy and Public Affairs Manager (Scotland) to support our Evidence & Impact team in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

The Mental Health Foundation is the UK’s leading charity for everyone’s mental health. We are home to Mental Health Awareness Week and, with prevention at the heart of what we do, we aim to find and address the sources of mental health problems so that people and communities can thrive.

Our focus is on three key areas:

1. Impact

We systematically consider how to scale ideas informed by evidence. We build partnerships and alliances that increase the impact and reach of our work.

2. Influence

We harness evidence and the voice of lived experience to advocate for preventive approaches and create campaigns which tackle the root causes of poor mental health.

3. Integrity

We continue to build a strong organisation that lives its values - that is open, kind, outward-looking and sustainable.

We have pioneered change for 70 years and we are not afraid to challenge the status quo. Come join us!

This exciting Senior Policy and Public Affairs Manager role will work closely with the Head of Evidence and Impact (Scotland and Northern Ireland) to develop and implement our national policy and public affairs programme and work closely with colleagues in the Communications and Fundraising Directorate to ensure the Foundation’s campaigns achieve maximum impact.

What does the role involve?

Influence policymakers and opinion-formers, to achieve the goals of our strategic plan for prevention;

Develop the national policy function through the design and delivery of strategic policy initiatives and preparation of proposals for funding;

Implement national public affairs campaigns through a range of influencing methods to a variety of stakeholders to achieve change;

Develop policy analysis and positions; and

· Represent the Foundation at conferences, policy forums and parliaments and in the media.

What skills, knowledge and experience are we looking for?

· Knowledge and understanding of policy development, advocacy, influencing and campaigning.

· Knowledge and understanding of mental health, and in particular, public mental health .

· Excellent communication skills with the ability to engage, inform and influence a variety of external and internal audiences using a range of methods and channels, including In the media, working closely with the Foundation’s Fundraising and Communications team.

· Experience in a senior policy role in a field relevant to public mental health.

· Experience of undertaking substantial, influential and impactful policy and public affairs work.

Why should you join the Mental Health Foundation?

· 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays, rising to 27 after 5 years’ service

· 3 closure days between Christmas and New Year

· Up to 3 wellbeing days per annum

· Employee Assistance Programme

· Generous non-contributory pension scheme, 8% at 3 months service, rising to 10% at 6 months service employer contribution

· Life Assurance Scheme at four times annual salary

· Flexible working

· Season Ticket Loan

· Cycle to work scheme

Please note that for safeguarding purposes, all our roles require a PVG check. Also, we are unable to provide sponsorship for this post, you must be able to demonstrate your eligibility to work in the UK.

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Senior Participation Officer

  • Part time
  • £35,143 – £39,000 pro-rata
  • Glasgow, with travel In Scotland
  • Closing 29th November 2021

The Mental Health Foundation is recruiting a Senior Participation Officer to support our Evidence and Impact Team in Scotland. The post is fixed term for 27 months.

The Mental Health Foundation is the UK’s leading charity for everyone’s mental health. We are home to Mental Health Awareness Week and, with prevention at the heart of what we do, we aim to find and address the sources of mental health problems so that people and communities can thrive.

Our focus is on three key areas:

  1. Impact - We systematically consider how to scale ideas informed by evidence. We build partnerships and alliances that increase the impact and reach of our work.
  2. Influence - We harness evidence and the voice of lived experience to advocate for preventive approaches and create campaigns which tackle the root causes of poor mental health.
  3. Integrity - We continue to build a strong organisation that lives its values - that is open, kind, outward-looking and sustainable.

We have pioneered change for 70 years and we are not afraid to challenge the status quo. Come join us!

This exciting Senior Participation Officer role will be responsible for coordinating and supporting the Mental Health Policy Reference Group, an advisory group of individuals with diverse experience of social inequality, who will inform the Scottish Government’s mental health policy development.

What does the role involve?

  • The Senior Participation Officer will work with our partner organisation the ALLIANCE, the Health & Social Care Directorate in the Scottish Government, and other stakeholders to establish the Mental Health Policy Reference Group;
  • Recruit and support Group members;
  • Liaise regularly with the Health and Social Care Directorate; and
  • Work flexibly with colleagues in research, programmes, policy & public affairs, and with external partners to ensure fulfilment of the scope and terms of reference of the Group.

What skills, knowledge and experience are we looking for?

  • Relevant Masters degree, Bachelor's degree or equivalent relevant experience in community development, engagement or participation;
  • Evidenced considerable knowledge of public health and/or mental health policy or a related field, and good understanding of mental health, including well-being, distress, mental health problems and public mental health;
  • Evidenced substantial knowledge and a sophisticated understanding of group facilitation methods;
  • Demonstrable comprehension of requirements and good practices to ensure accessibility, equality and non-discrimination in delivering programmes of work; and
  • Evidenced experience of working alongside people with lived experience of mental ill-health and/or with lived experience of disadvantage due to social inequalities.

Why should you join the Mental Health Foundation?

  • 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays, rising to 27 after 5 years’ service
  • 3 closure days between Christmas and New Year
  • Up to 3 wellbeing days per annum
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Generous non-contributory pension scheme, 8% at 3 months service, rising to 10% at 6 months service employer contribution
  • Life Assurance Scheme at four times annual salary
  • Flexible working
  • Season Ticket Loan
  • Cycle to work scheme

Please note that for safeguarding purposes, all our roles in Scotland require a PVG check. Also, we are unable to provide sponsorship for this post, you must be able to demonstrate your eligibility to work in the UK.

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Senior Research Officer

  • Full time or Part time
  • £35,000
  • Glasgow
  • Closing 6th February 2022

The Mental Health Foundation (MHF) has a vision of a world with good mental health for all. Their focus is on preventing mental health problems and improving people's wellbeing. They do this through research, creating new evidence-based solutions, making practical support available and advocating for change. MHF is now recruiting a Senior Research Officer who will develop and lead research and evaluation studies that are focused upon preventing mental health problems and reducing mental health inequalities.

Please note this role would expect 2-3 days in their Glasgow office when restrictions are lifted.

As a Senior Research Officer you will develop and lead strategically important research and evaluation projects on time and to budget. You will work in collaboration with academic partners to undertake research, plan and facilitate collaborative learning and knowledge exchange events to share learning and stimulate discussion about relevant topics. Ensuring research is informed by the views and experiences of people with lived experience of mental health problems is also part of this role alongside managing and supporting Research Officers, Assistants, PhD students and Consultants as required. You will also work with communication and policy colleagues to help tell a persuasive story of evidence and research to engage and influence a diverse range of audiences.

To be successful as a Senior Research Officer you will have demonstrable skills in conducting evidence/literature reviews alongside a proven ability to design and lead mixed methods research studies. Having an interest in participatory research and commitment to the importance of lived experience voice in shaping and influencing research is important, as is have the evidenced ability to write for - and present to - academic, policy and public audiences.

Please note, this role is initially a fixed term contract for 3 years, for 35 or 28 hours per week.

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Top job! Senior Policy and Public Affairs Manager

  • Full time
  • £40,000
  • Glasgow, Scotland, homeworking
  • Closing 13th February 2022

The Mental Health Foundation (MHF) has a vision of a world with good mental health for all. Their focus is on preventing mental health problems and improving people's wellbeing. They do this through research, creating new evidence-based solutions, making practical support available and advocating for change. MHF is now recruiting a Senior Policy and Public Affairs Manager to develop and implement their national policy and public affairs programme and work closely with colleagues in the Communications and Fundraising Directorate to ensure the Foundation's campaigns achieve maximum impact.

Please note this role would expect 2-3 days in their Glasgow office when restrictions are lifted.

As a Senior Policy and Public Affairs Manager you will influence policymakers and opinion-formers, to achieve the goals of our strategic plan for prevention and develop the national policy function through the design and delivery of strategic policy initiatives. You will also implement national public affairs campaigns through a range of influencing methods to a variety of stakeholders to achieve change and represent the Foundation at conferences, policy forums, parliaments and in the media. Line managing the Policy & Public Affairs Officer and occasionally consultants, volunteers and interns in a supportive and professional manner is also part of this role alongside writing content, articles and blogs on the key issues and helping support the development of effective public messaging on policy.

To be successful as a Senior Policy and Public Affairs Manager you will have demonstrable knowledge and understanding of public policy relevant to mental health, evidenced knowledge and understanding of social inequalities and an understanding of the structures and working of the Scottish Parliament. Proven knowledge and understanding of policy development, advocacy, influencing and campaigning is essential as is the ability to quickly pick up and critique new policy, research, political agendas and opportunities.

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Project Assistant (Mental Health Policy Reference Group)

  • Full time
  • £25,000 – £28,000
  • Glasgow
  • Closing 21st February 2022

The Mental Health Foundation is recruiting for a Project Assistant (Mental Health Policy Reference Group) for our Evidence & Impact Team (Scotland & Northern Ireland). This is a fixed term, full time (35 hours per week) role ending 31st March 2024.

The Mental Health Foundation is the UK’s leading charity for everyone’s mental health. We are home to Mental Health Awareness Week and, with prevention at the heart of what we do, we aim to find and address the sources of mental health problems so that people and communities can thrive.

Our focus is on three key areas:

1. Impact

We systematically consider how to scale ideas informed by evidence. We build partnerships and alliances that increase the impact and reach of our work.

2. Influence

We harness evidence and the voice of lived experience to advocate for preventive approaches and create campaigns which tackle the root causes of poor mental health.

3. Integrity

We continue to build a strong organisation that lives its values - that is open, kind, outward-looking and sustainable.

We have pioneered change for 70 years and we are not afraid to challenge the status quo. Come join us!

This exciting Project Assistant role will support the development and delivery of a Mental Health Policy Reference Group of people with lived experience of social inequalities and/or mental health problems. The Mental Health Policy Reference Group will provide a space for people with lived experience to have their voices heard by the Scottish Government on mental health policy. You will support primarily the Senior Participation Officer to recruit group members, organise and deliver induction and training, and organise meetings and accessibility supports to enable members’ participation in the group. You will have a key role in liaison with group members.

What does the role involve?

• Being a key point of contact for Reference Group members, answering queries and liaising with them

• Organising accessibility and participation supports for members

• Assisting in developing and delivering induction and training for group members

• Supporting monitoring and evaluation of the project

What skills, knowledge and experience are we looking for?

• Knowledge and understanding of inequalities and discrimination, and how these impact individuals and communities

• Strong communication skills (both written and verbal) and interpersonal skills

• Experience of organizing meetings or events

• Experience of building effective relationships and working collaboratively with people and organizations across a wide variety of nationalities and backgrounds

Why should you join the Mental Health Foundation?

• 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays, rising to 27 after 5 years’ service

• 3 closure days between Christmas and New Year in addition to your annual leave

• Up to 3 wellbeing days per annum

• Employee Assistance Programme

• Generous non-contributory pension scheme, 8% at 3 months service, rising to 10% at 6 months service employer contribution

• Life Assurance Scheme at four times annual salary

• Flexible working

• Season Ticket Loan

• Cycle to work scheme

Please note that for safeguarding purposes, all our roles require a DBS/PVG check. Also, we are unable to provide sponsorship for this post, you must be able to demonstrate your eligibility to work in the UK.

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Senior Policy & Public Affairs Officer (Scotland)

  • Full time
  • £35,143 – £39,000
  • Glasgow
  • Closing 9th March 2022

The Mental Health Foundation is recruiting for a Senior Policy and Public Affairs Officer (Scotland) to support our Evidence & Impact team in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

The Mental Health Foundation is the UK’s leading charity for everyone’s mental health. We are home to Mental Health Awareness Week and, with prevention at the heart of what we do, we aim to find and address the sources of mental health problems so that people and communities can thrive.

Our focus is on three key areas:

1. Impact

We systematically consider how to scale ideas informed by evidence. We build partnerships and alliances that increase the impact and reach of our work.

2. Influence

We harness evidence and the voice of lived experience to advocate for preventive approaches and create campaigns which tackle the root causes of poor mental health.

3. Integrity

We continue to build a strong organisation that lives its values - that is open, kind, outward-looking and sustainable.

We have pioneered change for 70 years and we are not afraid to challenge the status quo. Come join us!

This exciting Senior Policy and Public Affairs Manager role will work closely with the Head of Evidence and Impact (Scotland and Northern Ireland) to develop and implement our national policy and public affairs programme and work closely with colleagues in the Communications and Fundraising Directorate to ensure the Foundation’s campaigns achieve maximum impact.

What does the role involve?

• Day to day management of a portfolio of policy development and influencing activities to support the Foundation’s strategic public mental health advocacy objectives

• Supporting the Head of Policy to develop the policy direction of the Foundation

• Providing analysis, support & advice to colleagues across the organisation

• Work with internal and external stakeholders to pursue these objectives to achieve change at local, regional and national level.

What skills, knowledge and experience are we looking for?

• Knowledge and understanding of the principles and ethics of policy work and how to involve marginalised groups in policy development. Knowledge and understanding of mental health, and in particular, public mental health .

• Demonstrable skill in high quality written and verbal communication to a diverse range of audiences

• Substantial experience of working in a public policy role, with experience of a range of policy and public affairs approaches and work.

Why should you join the Mental Health Foundation?

• 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays, rising to 27 after 5 years’ service

• 3 closure days between Christmas and New Year in addition to annual leave

• Up to 3 wellbeing days per annum

• Employee Assistance Programme

• Generous non-contributory pension scheme, 8% at 3 months service, rising to 10% at 6 months service employer contribution

• Life Assurance Scheme at four times annual salary

• Flexible working

• Season Ticket Loan

• Cycle to work scheme

Please note that for safeguarding purposes, all our roles require a PVG check. Also, we are unable to provide sponsorship for this post, you must be able to demonstrate your eligibility to work in the UK.

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Programme Development Officer (Refugees and Asylum Seekers)

  • Part time
  • £31,350 – £35,381 pro-rata
  • Glasgow
  • Closing 23rd March 2022

The Mental Health Foundation is the UK’s leading charity for everyone’s mental health. We are home to Mental Health Awareness Week and, with prevention at the heart of what we do, we aim to find and address the sources of mental health problems so that people and communities can thrive.

Our focus is on three key areas:

1. Impact

We systematically consider how to scale ideas informed by evidence. We build partnerships and alliances that increase the impact and reach of our work.

2. Influence

We harness evidence and the voice of lived experience to advocate for preventive approaches and create campaigns which tackle the root causes of poor mental health.

3. Integrity

We continue to build a strong organisation that lives its values - that is open, kind, outward-looking and sustainable.

We have pioneered change for 70 years and we are not afraid to challenge the status quo. Come join us!

This is a significant role in supporting the Foundation to achieve the aim of reducing inequalities experienced by refugees and asylum seekers who are at high risk of developing mental health problems or have lived experience of mental health.

The postholder will work with the refugee and asylum seeker communities using the principles of empowerment and co-production to increase access to services and ensure their voices shape Scottish policies, strategies and services. The postholder will also work with key organisations across Scotland so that they can better engage with, involve and work with refugee and asylum seekers.

What does the role involve?

• Support our existing work and lead on implementing new projects when required.

• Developing and facilitating training to local authorities.

• Ensuring the voices of refugees and asylum seekers are heard and inform local and national policies.

• Advancing community development initiatives in local areas to enhance the mental health and wellbeing of refugees and asylum seekers.

What skills, knowledge and experience are we looking for

• Project implementation experience

• Evidenced working knowledge of the policy process from national to local level for asylum seekers and refugees.

• Evidenced successful oral communication skills, including presentations.

• Personal lived experience of being an asylum seeker or refugee, and of using this to inform professional practice (or considerable experience and credibility in this field).

• Demonstrable experience of designing and delivering training.

Why should you join the Mental Health Foundation?

• 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays, rising to 27 after 5 years’ service

• 3 closure days between Christmas and New Year in addition to annual leave

• Up to 3 wellbeing days per annum

• Employee Assistance Programme

• Generous non-contributory pension scheme, 8% at 3 months service, rising to 10% at 6 months service employer contribution

• Life Assurance Scheme at four times annual salary

• Flexible working

• Season Ticket Loan

• Cycle to work scheme

Please note that for safeguarding purposes, all our roles require an enhanced DBS/PVG check. Also, we are unable to provide sponsorship for this post, you must be able to demonstrate your eligibility to work in the UK.

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