TRUSTEE – Mental Health Background (Devon)

Step One supports people to manage their mental health, achieve employment goals and live more independently. We encourage people to take a first step to being in control of their future and fulfilling their potential.   Our services include mental health crisis care and recovery, and one-to-one mentoring in employment and independent living skills. We work with a diverse range of people who may have a mental health issue and/or a hidden disability such as an autism spectrum condition.

Our staff work in the community and at our dedicated facilities including a newly refurbished hospital which is a CQC registered service and our crisis house and supported living residences.

We have an annual income of about £3.5m with the majority of our services commissioned by the NHS and Social Care.  More recently we have embarked on a fundraising strategy to enable us to deliver more support to more people. In addition, we have, alongside 5 other charities, established an alliance which is contracted by the NHS to co design and provide a wider range of NHS funded mental health services.

We are now seeking to appoint two new Trustees to join our high-performing and committed Board. One who will offer a background in the mental health sector and the other an experienced accounting professional.   

Our Board meets quarterly between 3-5pm at the charity’s offices in Exeter or digitally and all trustees belong to a sub-committee according to their area of expertise.

Please contact our Recruitment Partner, Jackie Dawkins, Director, Shine Charity Recruitment if you would like to discuss trusteeship further.  (

Please download our information pack for further information.

TRUSTEE – Hearts Together

Hearts Together is a Plymouth-based charity who provide services to support patients, carers and relatives who stay at the Hearts Together Hospital Hotel, through the following activities

  • Providing accommodation near Derriford Hospital for patients undergoing treatment, for their families, friends and carers as well as for healthcare practitioners and those in training
  • Providing counselling and additional support services for guests of our Hospital Hotel
  • Providing grant funding for community projects such as defibrillator schemes and to hospitals for pilot programs and pioneering equipment to improve health and awareness

The Charity is seeking to recruit two new Trustees to join their Board and support the Charity to deliver their strategy moving forward, including an ambitious £11.5m build project.  We are looking for people from a range of backgrounds who can ideally bring legal and income generation knowledge and experience. This is a hugely exciting opportunity for some who can demonstrate professionalism and credibility as well as drive and energy.  Whilst the Charity is based in Plymouth, they support people across the peninsula and further afield and they are keen to not only extend their services but to increase awareness of the importance of their work.  If you would like to talk further about this opportunity, please contact Jackie Dawkins at Shine Charity Recruitment (


Read for Good has been motivating children to read for fun since 1984.  They supply beautiful, brand-new books and visits from professional storytellers, offering children in hospital the chance to escape to other worlds in their imagination.  Children in schools are motivated to read using their free Readathon kits all whilst raising money to get books to children in hospital and books for their school.  Please follow this link to read their impact report

With an annual income of c£750k, a small staff team, a committed and engaged Board of Trustees and an amazing team of volunteers,  the charity punches well above its weight.  Michael, the current Chair is due to retire and we are working with the Charity to find an experienced Trustee who can fill his big shoes – his commitment and passion will be hard to replace.  We are looking for someone who can demonstrate great leadership skills, is able to recognise what good governance looks and feels like, is tactful and diplomatic and has previous experience within the voluntary sector.

If you would like to talk to me about this opportunity or, indeed, trusteeship in general, I would be delighted to hear from you.  More details can be found in the attached information pack.