Experienced people sought as Trustees of Zambia Therapeutic Art (ZTA) (Fundraising, Finance, and other roles)
Who are we and what do we do?
Zambia Therapeutic Art (SC045462) - is a volunteer-led Scottish charity which aims to improve care for mental health service users by:
● designing, developing and delivering practice-based training in the therapeutic use of art to health and social care staff in Zambia ;
● working to ensure its ongoing sustainability; monitoring and evaluating the continuing practice; and
● conducting research on this topic.
With Zambia acting as our pilot, we aim to produce a sustainable model of training and service delivery which can be directed, owned, and managed locally, and that can be continued successfully with minimal external support.
In the period from 2011 to 2018:
● a total of 562 mental health professionals and trainees have received training;
● full practice-based training has been delivered in various settings; and
● Seven Zambian trainers have completed the two-stage certification process to become trainers themselves.
What skills, knowledge and abilities do we need?
ZTA is well managed and currently operates using very limited resources and a huge amount of goodwill and commitment from our trustees, volunteers and partners. Our board is made up of people with a variety of backgrounds and experiences who share a passion for our work. We enjoy what we do, and believe we make a difference. We face many challenges and always seek positive, practical and effective solutions.
We are looking to expand our Board and need volunteers with specific skills but also the willingness and enthusiasm to develop new skills. Experience of knowledge of art therapy and metal health is helpful, as is experience or an interest in Sub-Saharan Africa, but not a pre-requisite. We are looking for new Trustees who have a proven track record in:
Fundraising and Events
Social Media, PR, Communications and Marketing
Board meetings take place approximately every three months, usually in Edinburgh or the Lothians. Trustees should have the motivation and time to commit up to eight hours per month to help with the management and smooth running of the organisation. Travel and other reasonable expenses can be reimbursed.
We are very happy to consider applications from individuals from outwith the Central Belt who would envisage attending meetings via Skype.
Changing minds, changing lives
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. We inform and influence the development of evidence-based mental health policy at national and local government level. In tandem, we help people to access information about the steps they can take to reduce their mental health risks and increase their resilience.
An exciting opportunity has arisen to work with us to maintain, promote and develop the aims and values of the foundation in education settings with a focus on bringing to life the key messages and ambitions of our “Make it Count” campaign in Scotland; our campaign to improve mental health outcomes for school aged children.
MHF Scotland are looking to recruit a Project Coordinator to lead the implementation of two new programmes to be piloted in schools across Scotland; “MHF Stress Less” and the “MHF Peer Education Programme”, while engaging pupils, parents and schools with campaign activities more broadly.
The individual should demonstrate their skills and experience in the design and delivery of learning experiences in educational and/or community settings, as well as excellent organisational and project management skills. Strong communication skills, the ability to work well independently and part of a team, as well as the ability to engage a range of audiences (pupils, teachers and parents) is essential along with a demonstrable understanding of public mental health, education and equality.
To target and develop purposeful links with children and young people (C&YP) particularly those from black and minority ethnic (B/ME) communities in West/South West Edinburgh
To develop and deliver SCOREscotland’s Child and Family Additional Support Service;
to respond to substantial need for additional support amongst some B/ME families in liaison with our Y&CDO and to represent these needs (in tandem with this officer) to other relevant agencies where required.
To promote C&YP’s health and wellbeing and better outcomes
The Digital Access Worker will be responsible for delivering an innovative programme of digital engagement activities including; client support, adviser training, community projects and the publication of two guides. The posts require excellent to expert level IT skills and knowledge of advice, community or legal work. Details in application pack.