The Trustees of Hear Us meet monthly. They discuss the on-going work of Hear Us with the Coordinator (and other employees from time to time). The Trustees have monthly oversight of the Hear Us Accounts to see if they meet our objectives as a charity. Every two months a sub-committee of Trustees meet to oversee updating our policy Documents and other matters.
All the Trustees are volunteers and give their time to Hear Us.
Tim, the coordinator of Hear Us manages staff and volunteers in the office. He is responsible for all the accounts and organises each annual report for members, the Charity Commission and Companies House. He also attends external meetings to represent our members as does David, one of our workers)
Jane, working with David and Shellie who form our Welfare Benefits Team, holds surgeries to help our members with benefit claims. Jane also organises our Summer Wellbeing Event and contributes to the newsletter ‘In Our Shoes’ as does Tim and David
Barbra is in charge of our Linkworking Project. We now have 28 Linkworkers working across mental health sites in Croydon. They feed back to management the concerns of service users, to get improvements to services.
Barbra also heads up the Reachout Challenge with all the volunteers. They have had particular successes working with the Metropolitan Police as part of the training of Hostage & Crisis Negotiation police training programme.
We also have help from our three Project Workers, Carmen, Andy and Al. Also we have help from Ariana our new coordinator’s administrator and volunteers, Martine, Charlie, Tom, Mikalah and Caz.
Our Open Forum meets on the first Tuesday of the month at the Croydon Voluntary Action Centre (CVA). Members, carers and other interested members of the public are all welcome. We have speakers on issues of concern to our members
Our Newsletter is sent to our members as well as being delivered to mental health centres and other sites around the borough.
Our thanks are due to all who make Hear Us such a successful user group.
Ruth Govan. Chair of the Trustees