Volunteers play a crucial set of roles in Managers in Partnership. Our National Committee, which helps to set the union’s strategies and to oversee delivery, comprises elected volunteers. And across the UK, our network of volunteer link members and representatives work with members, MiP staff, employers and other unions to deliver campaigns, services and personal support – protecting and defending the interests of their fellow health and care managers.
Link members’ and representatives’ roles vary depending on individuals’ preferences and situations, but their work can include:
- Acting as the main workplace contact between national officers, head office, and MiP members within a team or organisation;
- Helping to keep MiP staff informed on developments within health and care organisations, and local members up to date with MiP’s work;
- Explaining and promoting the union’s policies and services, and helping to recruit new members;
- Liaising with staffside bodies and other unions, including our partner union UNISON;
- Helping local members to access advice, information and representation, and offering informal support.
Both link members and reps receive extensive training, and work closely with MiP’s national officers – who provide advice, guidance and support. In addition, representatives are given the additional training required for them to offer direct support to MiP members in their interactions with employers – accompanying and representing them in meetings with HR staff and managers, and undertaking formal roles in HR processes.
As well as this training, our volunteers gain valuable experience in fields such as campaigning, peer support, casework, negotiation and representation, employment processes and employer relations. For more on our volunteers' work and the benefits they gain from it, please see our Get Involved page.
MiP is always seeking to recruit new volunteers: to find out more, please contact our head office or your national officer.