MHELO - Mental Health Experience Led Group Member

MHELO - Mental Health Experience Led Group Member

Project role (Temporary) · Flexible hours · Starting from 15 Jul
GL1 1DG, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom
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We are looking for people with lived experience to come together to form an independent voice for people with mental health problems and services.

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Mental Health Experience Led Opportunities


MHELO is the voice of people with lived experience of mental health challenges.



Do you (or does anyone you know?) have interest, passion, knowledge or experience of mental health in Gloucestershire?


Can you offer up some regular time, a specific area of expertise, or come and get to know us and support what we are doing? Experience of / in mental health is not required although it would be helpful.


We are looking for committed compassionate and caring people from all walks of life with any skills or interest relevant (you need to be recovered enough to be committed to regularly attending meetings & contributing as a collective alongside the group).


You can give as little or as much time as you can, and we will make sure you have training and support in your role.



We are looking for people with:

· Lived experience of mental ill health and mental health services in a

personal capacity

· Understanding of the needs of people with mental health needs and

their carers

· Commitment to collaborative working including appreciating

different perspectives and being focussed on solutions and

constructive in approach

· Good communication skills including active listening, ability to

represent others’ ideas and views in confidence.

· Who are trustworthy and able to handle confidential information.



Can you help in any of the following areas:


· Attend meetings either in person or virtually

· Communicate by phone, email or internet video conferencing

· Contribute to steering group agenda and influence work, such as the

development of the Self Care Toolkit

· Actively attend regular steering group meetings

· Read documents provided in English, and sent by email before

meetings, to contribute to the discussion

· Communicate ideas about the direction of MHELO

· Collectively review and contribute to project plan

· Be active in researching current MHELO themes and issues

· Attend agreed events and opportunities that will inform MHELO,

including focus groups

· Share feedback from research, events and discussions with members

to inform MHELO steering group

· Meet agreed deadlines

· Establish and maintain professional working relationships with

colleagues, volunteers and stakeholders of Inclusion Gloucestershire

and the broad range of external organisations we work with.

· Be aware and act on the need to report safeguarding concerns (this

may include providing some initial support to individuals in the

office, before passing on to the Safeguarding Lead).

· Advocate for Inclusion Gloucestershire and its projects at meetings

and events and within your own appropriate networks.



What benefits can I expect:


Being part of: a caring and professional user-led organisation who work together towards shared goals and are driven by the social model of disability.


Making a positive impact: on the wellbeing of individuals with experience of mental health and mental health services. 


Opportunities to: develop and gain new skills, friendships and attend events or meetings with our organisation.


Access to: training opportunities.


Expenses will be reimbursed: in line with organisation policy.

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About Inclusion Gloucestershire

Inclusion Gloucestershire is a disabled people’s organisation that exists to facilitate inclusion for people who face disabling barriers, every day and in every way. We recognise, that no two people will be affected by disabling barriers in the same way.

Our Vision is to help people achieve an inclusive society that values, respects and includes disabled people everyday and in every way.

Our Model:
We are user-led and our model places ‘experts by experience’ at the centre of what we do.
They are people who have experience of living with a disability or mental ill health and who know what works for them and what doesn’t.
Every project we work on involves our experts by experience, who are fully supported in what they do.
Being user-led means that the majority of our Board, which makes the important decisions about how we are run, have lived experience of disability. The majority of our staff team are also disabled, so have valuable insight into life with a disability.