Volunteer vacancies: Youth Advisors

The Mental Health Collective is currently running a new programme, Self-Defence Through Humour, which aims to support young people to defend themselves against threats to their mental health, using humour.  With an innovation award from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, we are in the process of piloting the programme in a number of secondary schools.

We are recruiting for volunteer Youth Advisors to assist with the project.  Their role is to help us design the Self-Defence Through Humour programme so it as engaging and valuable as possible for young people.

About the Youth Advisor roles

This volunteer role is designed to be compatible with the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award, but would be suitable for any young person looking to gain experience in the not-for-profit or mental health sector.

Tasks will include:

  • Assisting with research, both online and offline
  • Testing materials and giving feedback
  • Working as part of a team to develop ideas
  • Highlighting key issues and resources
  • Supporting marketing work

About you

We are looking for people who are:

  • Aged 13 or 14 (Year 9)
  • Confident to share opinions
  • Able to work well in a team
  • Contactable by phone

Lived experience of mental health difficulties is a positive asset for the role.  We are seeking to recruit young people from a range of different backgrounds, including those who have faced disadvantage in their lives.

You can apply on your own, or with a friend.

Practicalities and commitment

The role involves a one hour commitment each week, over either a 3 month or a 6 month period.

Youth Advisors will meet as a group in Archway, N19, once a week after school during term time (exact time and date tbc).

Next steps

If you are interested in becoming a Youth Advisor (either as an individual or with a friend), or would like to enquire on behalf of your child, please write a short email to amy@mentalhealthcollective.org.uk.

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