Involvement Steering Group

Who this opportunity is open to?

Someone who:

  • has lived experience or MSK conditions
  • can be based from any location (this role is offered UK wide)
  • can be involved online
  • can be any age

A bit about the role

The Involvement Network Steering Group (INSG) is being established to enable people with lived experience to be at the very heart of our involvement work and the organisation. The INSG will be made up of involved people from across the organisation, who are able to consult with and represent their areas e.g. Involvement Network, Research Partners, Young People’s Panel etc.

The purpose of this group will be to be a representative voice of people impacted by arthritis and other MSK conditions. They will inspire, shape and influence the work of Versus Arthritis at all levels, representing their own area of involvement to achieve our common ambitions.

Start date: July 2022
End date: ongoing

This role does not require a Criminal Records Check.

If you are interested in this role please complete our Register Your Interest Form.

What does the role involve?

The areas of our work you would be involved with are:

  • Be a maximum of 16 people from the Involvement Network Membership
  • They will represent cross organisational involvement including VEG, Diversity and Inclusion Volunteer Group, Research Partners, Young People’s Panel, Campaigns Network, Governance Leads and the Involvement Network.
  • Represent a broad spectrum of involvement activities, personal experiences and location
  • Consult and liaise with the Involvement Network and other involvement specialisms membership
  • Act as a voice for people with arthritis and other MSK conditions by influencing and shaping organisational governance and the work of Versus Arthritis

You will meet virtually approximately six times a year. There may be ad hoc work in between meetings with occasional face to face meetings.

To undertake this role you will need the following skills/experience

  • Ability to share opinions diplomatically
  • Ability to understand that everyone’s experience of arthritis is different
  • Comfortable to challenge us
  • Equality, diversity and inclusion and accountability)
  • Interpersonal/people skills - ability to build relationships
  • IT confident in using Microsoft Teams
  • Speak up and voice your opinion
  • Teamwork

In this role you would be expected to uphold the following:

  • Promote the needs of people with arthritis, including supporting external facing work with / on behalf of the staff team
  • Act as a critical friend to Versus Arthritis
  • Providing a space for consultation / testing ideas ahead of organisation- wide discussions and decisions making.
  • Assisting, as appropriate, in the shaping charity wide planning
  • Be actively engaged with involvement areas
  • Be Ambassadors of Versus Arthritis
  • Input to development of the Involvement Strategy
  • Friendly and approachable
  • Interested in meeting and talking to people
  • Respecting equality and diversity
  • Willing to join and participate in training/induction/skill development

Practical Considerations (Desirable but not essential)

You will need:

  • Access to a computer/laptop/smartphone
  • Access to the internet
  • Access to a phone (either landline or mobile)

Travel may be required. Full travel, accommodation and other expenses within the Expenses policy will be paid

No learning/training is required.

A follow-up discussion may be required following expression of interest in this opportunity.

Our promise to you

We promise that you will be fully supported throughout your activities with Versus Arthritis. As different people require different types and levels of support based on their needs and their role, the offer will be personalised to your requirements. Such support includes:

  • Induction
  • Core training
  • Bespoke training as required
  • Record of training and certificates
  • Annual acknowledgement of activities
  • Handbook
  • IT/ access to Microsoft 365/ materials as appropriate
  • Role brief and support/ supervisor/ named contact
  • Process to feed in ideas/ being listened to
  • Access to all volunteer policies and procedures
  • All out of pocket expenses as detailed within our expenses policy
  • Use of different methods of communication/ no jargon/ Welsh
  • Good lead in times to enable meaningful involvement and volunteering

The staff role supporting this opportunity is:

Kerry Jones Kensah