Vacancies for three Trustees at Smile

Smile Group has openings for three new Trustees to join our Board to support our ongoing responsible growth.

An overview

Smile Group is a registered charity supporting new and expectant parents with their mental health across Cheshire East.  

Smile Group was established in 2011 by two mums, Natalie Nuttall and Ruth Williams, who had personal experience of perinatal mental illness and saw a glaring gap in community support. 

The charity runs weekly peer support groups out of Children’s Centres in Macclesfield, Congleton, Sandbach and Nantwich, as well as talk therapy, monthly family sessions and a home visits programme. Smile Group is supported by national, regional and local funding and is cited in the Royal College of GPs’ Perinatal Mental Health Toolkit of Best Practice. 

Smile Group has an active and productive board of Trustees who provide support and scrutiny for the paid staff in the organisation. Due to the upcoming retirement of some of our longer standing Board members we are looking to recruit two or three new Trustees. 

Trustee roles

We conduct regular reviews of the skill set of the board and monitor our diversity. As a result of this review, we are particularly interested in hearing from people with the following skills or experience: 

  • Fathers/Non-birth parent with lived experience of perinatal mental health issues either for themselves or supporting their partner; 
  • Business growth, particularly from start up to established organisation; 
  • HR and staffing experience.  

Smile Group is committed to continuing to make diversity, equity and inclusion a part of what we do. We are working to ensure that we are representative of the population that we serve in Cheshire East and an organisation that creates a sense of belonging for everyone.   

General requirements of the role of Trustees

  • Attendance at quarterly Trustee meetings and the AGM, as well as further, quarterly sub-group meetings; 
  • An understanding of the responsibilities of a Trustee (training is available for those who are new to the role); 
  • Act as an ambassador for Smile Group; 
  • An opportunity to give back and contribute to a small but well-established charity with excellent potential for responsible growth; 
  • A general understanding or appreciation of the challenges faced by parents experiencing perinatal mental health issues. 

Specific requirements for different roles 

  1. Trustee – Parent with lived experience 
  • Have a first-hand appreciation of the challenges faced by parents affected by perinatal mental health issues 
  • Represent the voice of dads / partners in this situation in order to contribute to discussion and service development 
  1. Trustee with business experience 
  • Experience working in the business sector 
  • Sound commercial understanding 
  • Confident at networking and acting as an ambassador for Smile  
  • Experience of working in a growing organisation 
  1. Trustee with HR experience 
  • Experience in general HR role in a growing organisation 
  • Employment and contract  

For more information and to register interest in any of the Trustee roles contact the Chair of our Trustee Board Anna Maddox anna@smilegroup.org.uk. Closing date for applications is 25th April 2022 at 5pm

For more information about Smile Group: 

Twitter – @thesmilegroup 

Facebook – www.facebook.com/SmilegroupPNI 

Instagram – @Smilepeersupport 

Website – www.smilegroup.org.uk  

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