Grassroots - preventing suicide together


Grassroots Suicide Prevention seeks new Trustees to strengthen our committed and dynamic Board

Responsible to: A variety of stakeholders, including: members (where applicable), beneficiaries, funders, the Charity Commission, and other regulators (e.g. Companies House).

Responsible for:  Overall governance, financial health and strategic direction of Grassroots.

Applications close: Friday, 24th July 2020

Interviews will be held virtually at a time to be arranged with candidates during the weeks of 27th July and August 3rd.


Grassroots is a UK leader in suicide prevention. We support people to develop the skills and confidence needed to save lives. Formed in 2006, we work locally and nationally with communities, organisations and individuals, helping them to support others at risk of suicide. Our training, awareness raising, and digital tools help save lives by enabling the kind of conversations that make a real difference.

Grassroots core beliefs about suicide and suicide prevention:

  • Suicide is a community health problem
  • Thoughts of suicide are understandable, complex and personal
  • Suicide can be prevented
  • Help-seeking is encouraged by open, direct and honest talk about suicide
  • Suicide intervention skills are known and can be learned
  • Large numbers of people can be taught suicide intervention skills


The Board of Trustees are responsible for the overall governance, financial health and strategic direction of Grassroots.  They are also responsible for the integrity of its activities and for developing the organisation’s aims, objectives and goals in accordance with Grassroots’ governing document, and with legal and regulatory guidelines.

Grassroots is seeking new Trustees to strengthen the existing board, through developing its skill base and increasing the diversity of its membership. We want to ensure our leadership encompasses a wide and balanced range of experience, skills and knowledge, which will enable our charity to continue to grow and flourish.

In addition to a clear commitment to the aims of Grassroots, we are looking for high levels of integrity and well-developed strategic skills. We welcome applications from potential Trustees from all backgrounds, however, in particular, we are looking for candidates with an accounting background or significant financial expertise; digital expertise; marketing, PR and communications; fundraising and campaigning; commercial awareness; business risk management experience; academic or research and legal experience.

If you are interested in becoming a Trustee with Grassroots you can download the relevant documents below:

For an informal discussion about this opportunity please email Emma Mills-Sheffield (Chair) on to set up a call.

To apply please send a CV, covering letter, and completed Trustee Application Form to Michael Jarvis at the following email address:  

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