Board Of Trustee Full JD

Mayday Board Trustee Member

Location: Remote

Mayday Trust are keen to increase the impact of our work and as such are looking to recruit up to five trustees to join our board.  It is important to us that we reflect the communities we seek to support through tough times and we are dedicated to building diversity of representation, ideas and experiences on our board of trustees. We are interested in who you are and the ideas and experiences that you can bring, so you do not necessarily need prior board experience, we are happy to support you to learn about the role with us.

We are particularly keen to increase the diversity of the board, and to boost our board’s skills in the areas of:

  • Generating both commercial and fundraised income
  • Charity finance
  • Marketing and communications
  • Rights, empowerment and coproduction, including Trustees who may have their own experiences of going through tough times
  • Influencing local and national government

About Mayday

Mayday is an organisation with a network of passionate social activists working to bring about systemic change, whilst offering people going through tough times such as homelessness, leaving care, coming out of prison or experiencing emotional trauma, person-led and strength-based support through its PTS Response.

The Role*

Your general duties as a Board member include:

  • Attending four Board meetings a year (currently three virtual and one face to face) and one face to face away day with the team.
  • If you join the Finance and Investment Committee, this also has four (virtual) meetings a year. This committee looks at budgets and financial performance in more detail, and informs the wider board about progress and any issues and major financial decisions.
  • Helping to develop the Impact Plan, ensuring that the Board and Leadership Team set challenging goals and objectives and monitoring if we are meeting those targets.
  • Monitoring the performance of the Leadership Team.
  • Taking part in the recruitment of the CEO and other senior posts.
  • Ensuring that the Board always acts in the best interests of the people we work with, Mayday’s Team and our communities and the wider public.
  • Ensuring you are up-to-date with developments in the sector and the responsibilities of the Trustee role, and being willing to develop your skills and knowledge to do so.

How to Apply

Please complete the application form (link below) and submit the completed version to: recruitment@maydaytrust.org.uk. Applications close: Wednesday 29th June 2022. We will be inviting successful applicants to an initial informal 10-minute discussion on Monday 4th July, initially via video call.

What is Pragmatic Radicalism?

 

Alex Fox – Chief Executive, Mayday Trust

 

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How do I Feel About Housing First?

Through our Wisdoms series, people have consistently told us that feeling out of control and not having choices in their life are two of the main reasons the system keeps them trapped and unable to transition through their toughest of times.

Having a place to call home, a safe place, a place where you can be who you are, without arbitrary rules and conditions is central to moving away from homelessness and away from services imposing themselves in people’s lives. This may take the form of a Housing First scheme, it may take another form. A range of options is important, but fundamentally we must listen and respond to the person in front of us, we must be person led.

When we treat people fairly, human to human, focusing on relationship building, trust, brokering opportunities in the real world, instead of focusing on fixing problems and achieving outcomes – we see great change in people’s lives. Being led by people, focusing on what they can do, building on strengths. This is the PTS.

I’ve seen the term Housing First taken, manipulated, forced into existing systems and turned into something it was never intended to be. If we continue to look at the system as something that needs to be improved rather than fundamentally changed, we will be in the same situation in ten years’ time and certainly will not have ended rough sleeping by 2024 – thousands of people, locked in systems that they cannot get out of, whether it be mental health, homelessness, criminal justice or any other deficit label we care to dream up.

We need to think bigger than the latest initiatives and approaches. Offering somebody a safe place to live, their own front door, their own secure tenancy shouldn’t be radical, shouldn’t be a novelty only reserved for those where we have ‘tried everything else’. Absolutely let’s implement Housing First across the land, let’s make genuinely affordable housing available to those that want it and need it. And let’s make sure people have the support they are asking for, not the support we think they need, available when they want it, available how they want it.

When this system gives up on the managing and fixing that we have tried and tried again, when it gives up on warehousing people in ‘schemes’ because we’ve decided they cannot cope and replaces it with a re-distribution of power, listening to people, building relationships, it is then that we will end rough sleeping, not before.

 

Robert White – Director of Change, Mayday Trust

 

Job Opportunity Support Worker

Communications and Marketing Officer

Communications and Marketing Officer
Location: Remote

Flexible working hours welcomed
37 hours per week- £22-24k

This is no ordinary marketing and comms role.  This is a role that will challenge you to get radical, unleashing your inner activist to support Mayday by:

  • Sharing how our PTS coaches walk alongside people experiencing tough times like homelessness, and sharing the difference our work makes
  • Contributing to creating campaigns that will challenge and change public service systems
  • Sharing our learning and helping us to influence key decision makers in public services

About Mayday

Mayday Trust has radically transformed over the past 10 years from a traditional supported housing and homelessness charity to a leading voice for person-led and strength-based systems change. We offer strengths-based coaching to people going through tough times. We support other charities and providers to deliver coaching using our PTS Response model, and to replace outdated support services and systems with strengths-based alternatives.

The Role*

Mayday is looking for someone who has a passion for social justice and experience in marketing and communications to join our team.

This is an opportunity for someone who understands that communication is not just about creating pretty leaflets, fun social media posts and cool videos, but can be a tool for creating real change in our broken public service systems.

We are looking for someone with creative flair who can help us maintain our social media presence, work with colleagues on communications campaigns and support our overall marketing activity.

We understand that a thriving organisation is one who builds a diverse team, representative of the communities it serves. So we welcome applicants from all walks of life, and would particularly encourage those from underrepresented groups to consider the opportunity.

How to Apply

Please complete the application form (link below) and submit the completed version to: recruitment@maydaytrust.org.uk. Applications close: 5.00pm Tuesday 19th April. We will be inviting successful applicants to an initial informal 10 minute discussion on Monday 25th April from which we will be inviting a shortlist of candidates to a final interview on Tuesday 3rd May.

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Equality and Diversity Monitoring Form

Communications and Marketing Officer JD

“Death by 1000 Cuts” Reflective Poem

We asked our PTS Qualification students to express “What ‘System Change’ means to me”. Some interesting reflections from PTS Coach Shauna came via this moving poem we are sharing on #WorldPoetryDay.

 

A death by 1000 cuts. The government carelessly holds the knife and hides the murder, does anyone care or were they just a number?

A cut to benefits,

A slash to welfare.

A stab to community investment,

A puncture to public services.

How do we deal with the people who are wounded? Those who are injured by decisions made without their voices included.

We blame those who are bleeding rather than the ones holding the knife, influenced by a deficit system that should be scrutinised.

We hand out plasters rather than treating the injury, an unsustainable system which has led to a lack of sympathy.

People being stretchered through each system which reopens their wounds, adding in salt with the language they use.

Risk assessments resurfacing old scars rather than allowing people to heal. Everyone has a past, what’s the big deal?

People being attacked with assessment, tick boxes, and sanctions. Their experiences reduced to KPI’s for a funder’s satisfaction.

There are people looking for help but falling through the cracks, being told they don’t have the resources to get back.

The battle of the ‘us vs them’ narrative rather than working collaboratively and listening. It’s time to undo systematic conditioning.

Austerity related deaths, suicide rates, and poverty continue to rise. We need compassion as people try their best to survive.

This is just a small insight to see, a part of what system change means to me.

 

by Shauna Hemphill

 

Change a System

“There’s a System to Run a System” Reflective Poem

This #WorldPoetryDay we are delighted to share an insightful poem written by one of our PTS Qualification students in response to our Module 1 Challenge to express “What ‘System Change’ means to me”. Thank you to Sharron for sharing these moving thoughts with us.

 

There’s systems to run a system

To keep the cog wheels turning

And enlightened few yearning

For a different system, a better way

For system users to have a say

And take back control of their situation

To stop being labelled as a victim

The system has many labels and boxes

Very few options, more deficits and losses;

A loss of identity, a loss of trust

A loss of empowerment because “you must…”

 

I dream of a system that has no system

Where the cogs which are turning actually capture the yearning

Of those once trapped, and desperate to be free

Where the person before us is all we see

Where their voice is the only one we hear

And the path to their success is the one we cheer

Not the one we tick off on an assessment sheet

Or what we tell them they must do at the scheduled meet.

 

There’s systems to run systems

But no-one runs me

I am the change if I choose to be

I am the enlightened, free to create

Free to modify the systems I have grown to hate

I’ll be ridiculed and silenced and argued against

Story of my life, systems are not strength based

But my strength lies in showing compassion

Building relationships makes things happen.

If we understand what lies beneath

Those systems will slowly begin to creak

Power doesn’t lie in the hands of those systems

It comes from words and the impact they give us

So I will shout my words ever so loudly

And argue my case with confidence, and proudly

Because the systems that keep the cogs ever turning

Have less people applauding and more who are learning

That those systems don’t work and the system is broken

No truer words will ever be spoken.

The dream for me will be my reality

And systems within systems will be the fallicy.

There’s systems to run a system

But no one runs me

I’m enlightened, I’m awake

Time to be me.

 

by Sharron Harries

Job Opportunity Support Worker

Support Worker??? – Haringey & Westminster

Support Worker???
Location: Haringey and Westminster

Flexible working hours welcomed
37 hours per week- £26,000 pa plus London weighting.

This is no ordinary support worker role, instead, as a Person-led, Transitional and Strength-based (PTS) Network Coach, you will:

  • Walk alongside people experiencing tough times, listening, identifying system barriers and working to overcome them.
  • Unleash your inner activist and contribute to challenging and changing systems around homelessness, substance use, social care, mental health and criminal justice.
  • Share your grassroots experience influencing others across the UK.

About Mayday

Mayday is an organisation with a network of passionate social activists working to bring about systemic change, whilst offering people going through tough times such as homelessness, leaving care, coming out of prison or experiencing emotional trauma, person-led and strength-based support through its PTS Response.

The Role*

Mayday is looking for someone who believes in people; a person who is comfortable walking alongside someone to identify and overcome barriers, to connect people with a positive community network and friendships, build on their strengths and achieve the future they want.

This is an opportunity for someone who understands that in the world today, the problem is not people with ‘complex needs’ but a broken system. A system that is failing to treat people as people. A system that traps and institutionalises people.

This role is not for the faint hearted, it is for someone with a passion for social justice, and the energy and determination to make systems work for people going through tough times.

Mayday is excited to be recruiting this role to be part of a team working with people who are experiencing tough times across Haringey and Westminster.

We believe that a thriving organisation is one who builds a diverse team, representative of the community it serves.  Therefore we welcome applicants from all walks of life, and would particularly encourage those from underrepresented groups to consider the opportunity.

How to Apply

Please complete the application form (link below) and submit the completed version to: recruitment@maydaytrust.org.uk. Applications close: 5.00pm Thursday 7th April. An online interactive group session will take place on the morning of Tuesday 19th April 10.30 – 1.00 followed by online formal individual interviews on either the afternoon of Wednesday 20th April or the morning of Thursday 21st April.

Mayday-Trust-Application-form

Equality and Diversity Monitoring Form

Support Worker PTS Network Coach Job Description 2022

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“Let’s Offer People What We Would Want” says Mayday Trust CEO

In his latest blog, CEO of Mayday Trust Alex Fox explores the PTS (Person-led, Transitional and Strength-based) Response and suggests that it “shouldn’t be revolutionary to suggest that support for people who are going through the toughest times, like being homeless” should mirror other elective and more positive coaching experiences often reserved for athletes or those looking to push forward in their executive careers.  Those models, like the PTS response pioneered by Mayday Trust, can “help us to identify what we want to work on and what our goals are” allowing us to “see our strengths as well as our problems clearly, and to find our potential” suggests Alex:

“Large and growing numbers of us choose support when we are going through tough times because we expect it to be a positive experience which may have painful moments but will ultimately help us grow. There can even be a status attached to being able to afford and valuing yourself enough to seek ‘executive coaching’ or a personal trainer.”

Having been in post at Mayday for 2 months Alex reflected on his listening and learning during that period saying:

“I’ve heard countless stories from our coaches about people making changes through working with someone who has the freedom to think like a sports coach rather than a support worker. It always starts with people building trust: “You are the first person who has actually listened to me in years”. And it progresses to potential and achievements – big or small – that enable someone “to feel like a human being again”. Much of it has been with people who are homeless, but we’re also using the approach with young adults and with people with long term health conditions, as part of a social prescribing programme. It’s not rocket science, but it is complex, nuanced work with a huge body of resources and learning behind it, and a strong community of practice and support structure including clinical supervision.”

 

Alex’s blog follows the release of a report by the New Economics Foundation that suggests the PTS Response is offering people a significant improvement in their well being, self-esteem and a feeling that they are able to build more meaningful relationships with their coach to support their development.

You can read Alex’s full post here.

 

 

 

 

Marketing and Communications Freelancer

Location: Flexible
Two days per week for an eight to ten-week period
Flexible working hours can be considered

Mayday Trust is an organisation with a network of passionate social activists working to bring about systemic change, whilst offering people going through tough times such as homelessness, leaving care, coming out of prison or experiencing emotional trauma, support through its Person-led, Transitional and Strength-based (PTS) Response.

We also lead the New System Alliance, which is a UK wide partnership working alongside others to deliver the PTS as a mechanism for person-led and strength-based systems change.

The Role

Mayday is looking for a creative and dynamic marketing and communications professional who is able to operate at a managerial level on a freelance basis for two days a week for approximately eight to ten weeks.

We are looking for someone who can support us with:

  • Carrying out the operational and technical elements of our communication function such as website development and social media posting
  • Contributing toward the development of the communications strategy including social media/ digital and content strategies
  • PR and event management
  • Development and implementation of a new CRM database
  • Management and development of our operational online platforms
  • The provision of marketing and comms analytics for the wider organisation
  • Generating new and impactful resources and content to support our operations and influence

Are you up for the challenge?

This is an opportunity for someone who understands that in the world today, the problem is not people with ‘complex needs’ but a broken system.

Mayday is looking for someone who believes in people; someone who is comfortable to challenge the norm to ensure that people we work alongside are not further trapped and institutionalised in the failing systems surrounding tough times and can build on their strengths to live the lives they choose. A vital part of this involves having a unique perspective on how we communicate as an organisation about Mayday’s work, the people we work alongside and the images and messages we portray in all of our marketing and communications.

This role is not for the faint-hearted, it is for someone with a passion for social justice, and the energy and determination to make systems work for people going through tough times.

We would be looking to pay in the region of £300 (including VAT) per day.

How to Apply

Please submit your CV and a one-page expression of interest to recruitment@maydaytrust.org.uk

We will be accepting EOIs on an ongoing basis and hope to appoint someone early in the New Year. The ability to start as soon as possible is preferable.

Applications close on the 4th of January 2022. Online interviews will be held on Friday the 7th of January 2022.

Please note this post is subject to an Enhanced Level Disclosure & Barring Service check

Brokering Opportunities

Samantha Abram, PTS Coach at The Brick, explores Brokering opportunities and what it looks like when the term is brought to life through the Person-led, Transitional and Strength-based (PTS) Response.

I was asked what ‘brokering opportunities’ means. This sparked an interesting conversation among PTS Coaches old and new, and prompted me to re-evaluate what brokering has meant to me, as a PTS Coach, the individuals I work with and the realities of brokering as part of the Person-led Transitional Strength-based (PTS) Response.

As always, when it comes to Coaching, there are no ‘fixed’ procedure or process (we have principles and guidance), as each PTS Coach will find their own way of working, influenced by every individual they work with. From my perspective and experience, I would summarise brokering opportunities as:

A person being offered an opportunity to choose to do or act differently because they are presented with ‘choice’ that allows them to remove themselves from the confines of their current situation or self-perceived ‘limits’. The choice presents them with an opportunity to access a meaningful experience. The opportunity is entirely associated with the person’s interests, goals and ambitions and the PTS Coach has no part in deciding what, when or why that is their chosen ‘meaningful’ experience.

There is nothing ‘typical’ about the opportunities that I have brokered as a PTS Coach or the choices people make; it is truly about their dreams and aspirations. The one common factor to highlight is that every time a person chooses to participate in what they connect with, an internal process happens, a spark is ignited that reconnects the person to a part of themselves or connects them with what speaks to them on a fundamental level.

The PTS Response works for people because change becomes sustainable and real when the person chooses the changes they want to make. Brokered opportunities result in people fulfilling their passions because they connect deeply with an experience that reminded them that they are more than their circumstances or how they may feel perceived by broken systems.