Changes Bristol is a mental health charity that provides support for people who suffer mental health difficulties in Bristol and the surrounding area.

An opportunity has arisen for a voluntary role as Chair on our Board of Trustees to help move the charity through our new phase of development. The position can be held by a single person or can be shared as a Co-Chaired position to spread the work load.

We welcome people to apply that have the skills to perform the role, it is not necessary to have done the role previously with another charity. We welcome applications from applicants from a diverse background; people who have lived experience of mental ill health and anyone who can be reflective, supportive and who can collaborate effectively.

About the Charity

Changes Bristol is a mental health charity that provides support for people who suffer poor mental health in Bristol and the surrounding area. We are a growing charity that helps more people with each year that passes with great plans for the future. Over the last few years we have made great strides forward to improve the support we provide, and creating more inclusive services.

We are a peer-led charity, with lived experience of improving mental wellbeing at the core of what we do. We pride ourselves in taking on staff, volunteers and Trustees who have lived experience of poor mental health.

We run 10 in-person weekly peer support groups across Bristol, 10 online weekly peer support groups; one-to-one telephone befriending and a Walk and Talk service. The charity has gradually grown over a 19 year period since 2003 when a group of people with lived experience came together to form our first support group.

About the Role

The main responsibility of the Chair role for Changes Bristol involves providing leadership to Changes Bristol organisation and the board by ensuring that everyone remains focused on the delivery of the organisation’s charitable purposes and supports the development of the charity’s services toward providing a beneficial and sustainable service to our members.

Key responsibilities of the role include:

  • Chairing and facilitating the monthly board meetings
  • Supporting the CEO with the running of the charity and act as a channel of communication between board and staff
  • Supporting urgent actions and decisions in conjunction with the board and staff
  • Leading on the development of the board and ensuring board decisions are implemented

We are looking for someone with some or all of the following skills or experience:

  • Strong leadership, people management skills and the ability to chair meetings effectively
  • Good, independent judgment
  • An ability to work effectively as part of a team, contributing an independent perspective
  • Someone who has a commitment to the aims and objectives of Changes Bristol, in promoting it in the best interests of its stakeholders and staff

For further detail on the role description and person specification, and what is involved in becoming a Trustee, please see the documents attached below.

Please note, although some board meetings are held remotely, there will be a requirement for occasional travel to in-person meetings in Bristol as part of this role.

To Apply

We encourage anyone interested in the role to apply by completing the attached application form and returning their application via email to info@changesbristol.org.uk marking it “Chair Application”. CVs on their own will not be accepted, but can be sent with the application.

If you would like to discuss completing the application form, require the application form in a specific accessible format, or would prefer to provide a video application if you would find this a preferable way to communicate, please let us know at the above email address or by calling us at 0117 941 1123.

Closing Date for Applications: Ongoing – applications will be assessed when received by the organisation, so please do apply early if you are interested in the role.

Important Documents

Chair of Trustees – Description

Being a Trustee

Chair of Trustees – Application form