Trustee applications open now! 

Self Injury Support is looking for trustees to support and oversee the management and strategic development of the charity.

Self Injury Support was established in 1988 by a group of women who wanted to transform self-injury and mental health support services for women and girls in their community.

We have over 30 years’ experience in the field of self-injury. We work nationally, providing:

  • Phone, text, email and webchat support services for women and girls affected by self-injury
  • Training and consultancy for professionals working with people who self-injure
  • Information and resources about self-injury

Our objectives are to:

  • support women and girls who self-injure and are emotionally distressed, by offering support to them and their families
  • advance the education of the public about self-injury and mental health issues through the provision of training and information

Self Injury Support is a charity and a company limited by guarantee. It is It is governed by the board of trustees, who are also company members and directors. The trustees meet every two months, and spend about four hours a month working on a particular policy or procedure outside of meeting.

We are looking for individuals who will work effectively with other members of the trustee board to set the strategic direction of the organisation and to ensure that it works to meet its aims and objectives within a sound financial and legal framework.

We are particularly looking for people with experience or expertise in the areas of organisational development, fundraising, sector experience (mental health and/or charity sector), law or marketing & communications.

Trustees ensure the fulfillment of the organisation’s legal responsibilities including Charity Commission and Companies’ House requirements and compliance with Employment Law, Health and Safety regulation and other legislation.

Benefits of the role

Being a member of Self injury Support’s trustee board offers you the opportunity to:

  • Have an impact on supporting people who self-injure
  • Influence the strategic development of the organisation
  • Make the most of your existing skills in a small charity
  • Develop skills and experience through working collaboratively in a small team
  • Access training and personal development
  • Meet others with shared interests and a passion for promoting mental health support for women and girls

Self Injury Support is striving to be an inclusive organisation and welcomes applications from people from all demographics, particularly those historically or currently under-represented in trustee roles.

How to apply

To apply, please fill in our application form, demonstrating how your skills and experience meet the role description and person specification, and return to [email protected].

If you would like an informal chat about the role or cannot access the application materials please contact our Chair of Trustees, Louise Coleman, at [email protected].

Role description and person specification

Application form


You will need to be able to:

  • Give full support to the objectives and policies of Self injury Support
  • Form constructive working relationships with other Management Group members,senior staff and other employees of Self injury Support and play a full part in the work of the Management Group 
  • Be willing to make decisions and think strategically and creatively when formulating policy
  • Contribute to discussion and debate at meetings, bringing your own knowledge and expertise
  • To be accountable to stakeholders for decisions and actions taken by Self injury Support
  • Take account of stakeholders’ needs whilst at the same time ensure that the best interests of Self injury Support as a whole are served
  • Make decisions in the best interest of Self injury support and not for any personal financial or material gain