An interview with Trustee Ruth
Mind in Bradford spoke to our Chair of Trustees, Ruth Mulryne, to find out what it’s like to volunteer for a mental health charity.
Why did you want to volunteer at Mind in Bradford?
Trustees are volunteers and this role gives me the opportunity to offer my skills and experience to support the brilliant work of Mind in Bradford. I have seen the impact when people struggle with their mental health, on their lives and those around them, through my work and challenges friends have faced. I know flexible, safe, tailored services, delivered with care and kindness, can make a huge difference.
What do you enjoy most about your role?
When staff share the difference they, and the work of our wonderful volunteers, make to the people we support. The passion, commitment and expertise shines through – it reminds me when Trustees pour over strategy, finances, debate new partnership and service opportunities etc., the decisions must all lead back to making the best possible difference to the mental health and well-being of the greatest number of people.
What do you like to do outside of work?
As a family (husband Pete and two sons) we do lots of different sports, outdoor adventures and love our travels, both in the UK and abroad. I enjoy nights out with friends, reading, movies, red wine and real coffee! I volunteer with another charity, Pete coaches one of the kid’s football teams and recently ran the Lakeland Trails Marathon to raise money for Mind in Bradford.
What would you say to someone interested in becoming a Trustee for Mind in Bradford?
If you are passionate about Mind in Bradford providing life-changing mental health and wellbeing support when people need it most then please apply to be a Trustee. It doesn’t matter whether you have been a Trustee before, or want to take on your first Board role, we work as a team, sharing our individual experience and knowledge to make the best decisions. We are looking for people who will bring energy, enthusiasm and commitment and ensure diversity of thinking on our Board. We will provide the support and training you will need to succeed in this role.
How to apply as Trustee
We have a Trustee Information Pack which tells you about us, the role, time commitment, how to apply (short expression of interest of max. 500 words and CV) and how to ask us any questions before applying.
You are welcome to send your short expression of interest in writing (Max 500 words), or as a video or audio clip, alongside your CV.
The closing date to apply to be a Trustee is 10 November 2023.
We are excited to hear from you!
Posted on: 12th October 2023