Movement for Social Approaches in Mental Health - Coordinator

Role Description and Person Specification

The Movement for Social Approaches in Mental Health (MSAMH) is a new grass roots UK social movement to raise awareness and campaign for better access to social forms of support and social interventions in mental health services and redressing the power balance that sees medical definitions and services being disproportionately funded and dominant. The distinctive aim of MSAMH is to bring together existing initiatives and identify and fill gaps in pressure for more socially informed and social justice-oriented approach to mental health and wellbeing.

MSAMH is being developed by a diverse core group of people with lived experience, professionals, researchers and activists in the fields of mental health, social work and social change.

We aim to link together and build networks of people with lived experience, their organisations and groups, and professionals with shared views and values, to pursue social approaches to mental health and grow demands for alternative approaches to understanding and responding to mental health and wellbeing needs.

MSAMH is receiving funding from Nesta until end of March 2019 to build our social movement.  We are in a position to recruit a paid coordinator to support the core group of activists who are developing the movement. The coordinator role will run from 1 August 2019 – March 2020.

Funding of £4165 for 245 hours is available for the coordinator role up to the end of March 2020.  This will be worked flexibly, usually Monday to Friday.  The spread of the hours will be agreed in conjunction with the coordinator’s workplan.

The Coordinator will be engaged on a self-employed basis or will come on secondment from another organisation. Other employment arrangements may be considered. 

Job role:

The coordinator will:

  1. Manage MSAMH resources, the schedule of key meetings and dissemination of information
  2. Maintain a spreadsheet of budget and spend
  3. Provide administrative support to the development and running of the user led reference group
  4. In conjunction with the Core group, schedule and plan project activities for the Movement
  5. Monitor progress against planned activities and provide periodic reports.
  6. Ensure all core group members including the service user leads have regular updates
  7. Maintain all project documentation and files
  8. Book accommodation, travel, expenses for Core group and others, including SU leads
  9. Source and book venues and meeting spaces
  10. Set up group email/s and other communication platforms as needed
  11. Support coordination of events
  12. Develop networks of service user led and other organisations and contacts who can contribute to MSAMH, build relationships and maintain links
  13. Produce online newsletter/bulletin production
  14. Produce and circulate agendas and write ups of meetings and events
  15. Contribute to the development and maintenance of the MSAMH website


Person specification

  1. Effective communicator and relationship builder
  2. Good networking and organising skills
  3. Computer literate incl MS Office (design ie Adobe competent desirable)
  4. Ability to manage competing tasks
  5. Good time management
  6. Experience of administration and coordination in social action, health and /or social context
  7. An understanding of service user organisations in mental health or related fields
  8. An understanding of mental health issues
  9. Ability to work on their own, from home, when needed
  10. Ability to travel to London office base from time to time
  11. An understanding of website management and ability to maintain and upload at a basic level.
  12. Direct lived experience of using mental health support services is desirable
  13. Available to start in August.


To apply:

Please send a CV and a statement of up to 1000 words explaining how you meet the requirements of the job role and the person specification.

Please note that:

  • gaps in your CV as a result of using health and care services will not detriment your application as long as how your meet the specification and job role requirements is clear in your statement
  • your statement can be shorter than 1000 words if you cover all the requirements and bullet point format is entirely acceptable

Please return your CV and statement by 5pm on 25th July to

If you need more information, please use the same email address to contact us.