Volunteer Forum

A group of committed volunteers, giving their time and skills to support our charitable work

Introduction

Our Volunteer Forum works with staff and trustees in line with our charitable mission and objectives.

Members of the forum volunteer their time and skills, acting as a resource pool and critical friend to The Migraine Trust by keeping our charity informed of the views and needs of migraine sufferers.

Group meeting

Membership and recruitment to the Volunteer Forum

The Volunteer Forum is open to anyone with migraine or a carer of someone with migraine. Each member is expected to act in the best interests of The Migraine Trust.

The maximum number of members in the group is 20 and membership is for 3 years.

Recruitment is controlled to ensure that the demographics of the Volunteer Forum are an accurate reflection of the UK population of migraine sufferers.

If a new application is made but cannot be accepted immediately, e.g. the forum is full or over represented in a particular category (age, region, etc.), the application will be held until the forum is able to recruit again, when it will be reconsidered.

What does membership of the Volunteer Forum involve?

Members of the forum:

  • Inform The Migraine Trust of their needs as migraine sufferers and the challenges they experience.
  • Provide input, views and opinions to support The Migraine Trust’s work.
  • Provide local and regional information to help The Migraine Trust assess local need.

This activity takes place via online communications between staff and forum members, as well as through forum meetings (see below) and other local/regional meetings. It can involve scrutinising and reviewing publications, and responding to consultations.

Meetings

The Volunteer Forum meets no more than three times per year in The Migraine Trust office in London. Meetings take place on a Saturday and are facilitated by Migraine Trust staff. Reasonable out of pocket travel expenses can be reimbursed.

Apply to join our Volunteer Forum

If you have migraine or are a carer of someone with migraine, live in the UK and are interested in supporting the work of The Migraine Trust as a member of our Volunteer Forum, please complete our online application form.

Further information

To learn more about the Volunteer Forum you can download the duties, roles and tenure document below. If you have questions about our Volunteer Forum, please contact us on 020 7631 6973 or send us a message.

"Volunteering for The Migraine Trust has been a fun and enriching experience for me. I was able to meet new people, exchange experiences and feel a bit less alone with my illness. I feel like I could help make a difference to other people's lives by supporting The Migraine Trust. As members of the forum we help The Migraine Trust reach decisions on new campaigns, how to best reach out to people and find out where their support is most needed. With only a handful of meetings per year the time effort is absolutely manageable. Plus, everyone is always friendly and welcoming." Maria, member of the Volunteer Forum