Mental Health Campaigner, Supporter and Volunteer
  • Age : 35
  • email : shaun.vos@gmail.com
  • website : http://shaunvos.me
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Hello, I’m Shaun from Southend-On-Sea, England. I graduated with a BSc (hons) degree in Computer Science from the University of Essex in 2006.  I have lived with mental health challenges and Aspergers all my life which I manage with medication, quality sleep and running.

I am passionate that individuals with mental illness and those on the Autism Spectrum should be supported to have fair treatment and equal opportunities as any other person.

I currently volunteer for Rethink Mental Illness as a Group Co-ordinator for a mental health peer support group I founded in Southend in 2017. I am also on the Rethink Lived Experience Advisory Board and am involved in other areas of the charity occasionally. I am also a Time to Change East Essex Hub Champion.

In 2019 I completed my first Marathon in April and did a further two a week apart in October. In September, I began a 3 year part time MSc in Mental Health Recovery and Social Inclusion (online) with the University of Hertfordshire. I have now set my sights on an Ultra Marathon at the end of Mental Health Awareness Week on 23rd May 2020.

Work Experience

I have served customers in frontline retail and provided IT support in person and over the phone. I have also programmed websites and set up web servers.


BSc Computer Science 2:1, Four A Level's: Computing A, Economics A, Business Studies C and General Studies B. 7 of 9 GCSE's C and above, Level 3 Award in Education and Training, Adult Mental Health First Aider.


I am Group Co-ordinator and Treasurer of a Mental Health Peer Support Group. I fundraise via grants and running long distances. I use Photoshop, Mailchimp, Social Media and SMS reminders to promote and inform. I assist Rethink Mental Illness nationally too.


  • Organisational skills 90%
  • Time management 85%
  • Analytical and problem-solving skills 90%
  • Team Working 85%
  • Communication and Interpersonal Skills 75%
  • Compassionate 85%

I am seeking part time work and volunteering


  • Present
  • Rethink Mental Illness

    Volunteer and Involvement Worker

    Physical Activity Project Adviser as part of a steering group to rollout physical activities to some of Rethink’s  National Groups network. Involves attending half day meetings held in London every quarter and liaising via email.…

    September 2018 - PRESENT
  • Support Together Southend

    Founder, Group Co-ordinator & Treasurer (Voluntary)

    Founded a mental health peer support group and recruited other volunteers. Organise and plan monthly meetings that take place on the 2nd Wednesday of each month 7pm to 9pm.. Setup Mailchimp to send and create…

    Nov 2017 to Present
  • Sainsburys

    General Assistant

    Stock rotation and replenishment of store (Often the fish and sandwiches). Use machinery to compress cardboard and plastic for recycling. Assisting customers. Assisting my colleagues.

    Dec 2016 – May 2018
  • Tesco

    Customer Service Assistant

    Serve customers and accept payments at the till. Process customer refunds and returns. Order customer orders online to store. Serve customers and accept payments at the till. Process new deliveries to warehouse. Electronically tag stock…

    May 2016 - Nov 2016
  • Mencap Bookshop

    Part time (Voluntary)

    Serve customers and accept payments at the till.

    May 2016 to Aug 2016
  • MIND (Charity Shop)

    Part Time (Voluntary)

    Serve customers and accept payments at the till and put out stock to sell. Organise and price donated stock to sell.

    Nov 2015/16 to Feb 2016/17
  • Digital Magnet

    Web Developer

    Developed multiple new websites for multiple clients such as kidskingdom-southend.co.uk and greekanimalrescue.com. Fixed bugs of existing websites/systems and liased with clients on the phone to understand their issues. Attended client meetings in-house and in London.…

    Jun 2014 - Jun 2015
  • Alan Blunden & Company Ltd

    Web Developer

    • Programmed components of insurance system in PHP, MySQL, CSS, HTML and CSS. • Tested system to ensure its ready for end users. • Occasionally answered phone calls from end users.

    Nov 2013 - May 2014
  • Market United

    Web Developer

    Built web pages using .NET, HTML and CSS. Analysed website code and wrote this as technical documentation. Set up and maintained two new Linux servers. Part of a team of two that developed the new…

    Oct 2010 to May 2011
  • LJ Hooker

    Web Developer

    • Developed significant parts of the new LJ Hooker International, Australia and New Zealand websites launched in July 2010. • Integrated various third party software, plugins and extensions. • Maintained and configured web servers. •…

    Aug 2009 - Sep 2010
  • Noggin


    • Developer for an internal web application deployed in 14 countries across the Asia-Pacific region including Australia, China, India and Korea. • Estimated development tasks, created design documentation and provided quotes to the Client Account…

    Jul 2008 - Aug 2009
  • Accenture

    Senior Programmer

    • Web Developer for several AOL European websites. • Attended weekly meetings with the client to clarify requirements. • Worked actively in resolving issues with the quality assurance team in India. • Promoted to BAU…

    Jan 2007 to Apr 2008
  • Logica

    Procurement Analyst of IT infrastructure

    • Administered the procurement of IT goods and services, by liaising with client managers and users regarding their requirements. • Selected products for purchase based on supplier quotations. • Instigated documentation on procurement processes used…

    Jul 2006 - Jan 2007
  • Shell Technology Enterprise Programme

    Analyst/Programmer Internship

    • Developed a bespoke content management system for a small firm leading to a reduction of costs to maintain content. • Liaised with the client using an agile methodology to ensure the developed solutions met…

    Jul 2005 - Sep 2005
  • education
  • University of Hertfordshire

    Studying a MSc in Mental Health Recovery and Social Inclusion (online) part time over three years.

    SEP 2019 - PRESENT
  • WS Schools

    WS Schools

    Level 3 Award in Education and Training

    Feb 2017 - May 2017
  • Open Colleges

    Open Colleges

    Diploma in Accounting (FNS50204 NSW, Australia)

    Oct 2011 - Jul 2012
  • University of Essex

    BSc (Hons) Degree in Computer Science 2:1

    SEP 2003 - Jun 2016
  • SEEVIC College

    Four A Levels in Computing (A), Economics (A), General Studies (B), Business Studies (C). One AS Level in Biology (D)

    Sep 2001 - Jun 2003


Southend-on-Sea, UK