Work experience opportunities for 14, 15 and 16 year olds in North London

The Mental Health Collective is looking for 14, 15 and 16 year olds who live in striking distance of Crouch End (North London), and would like to get some work experience in our non-profit mental health organisation.

The work experience sessions will happen on Sundays, late afternoon, in March and early April.  We’ve designed these roles so they meet the volunteering criterion for the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme – but they would be good for anyone who wants to have fun and get some work experience. 

The project you’ll be working on is called “PhoneZombies!” – it’s about mental health, mobile phones and moral panic.  Are mobile phones disconnecting us from each other, zoning us out and damaging our mental health?  Are we turning into some kind of phone zombies?  Or is this a moral panic – like in the 1950s when people thought that rock and roll music was poisoning teenagers brains?

You could volunteer either on your own or with friends, and join one of three teams:

1. Film making team
This team will make some zombie movies about people on their phones!  We need people to act in and make the films, and then we are going to have a film premiere on Sunday 31st March at the Crouch End Picture House – on a proper big cinema screen.

2. Research team
This team will help get to the bottom of what’s really going on with mobile phones and mental health.  You’ll get involved in real, on-the-ground research to help us figure out the key questions, write a report that will be published on the Mental Health , and be acknowledged as an author.

3. Marketing and Communications team
This team will lead on promoting the films and research report so they reach the widest possible audience – getting people along to the launch event at the cinema and share materials online.  Together, we will play an April Fools joke that is the crescendo for this project. 

We’ll do our planning sessions at the Highgate Cricket and Lawn Tennis club, off Park Road – just next to Highgate Wood school (W7 bus, nearest tube is Highgate).

If you would like some work experience with the Mental Health Collective and join one of our teams, please register here.

Key dates
Sunday 3rd March, 4pm – 5:30pm.
Highgate Cricket and Lawn Tennis Club.

Sunday 10th March, 4pm – 5:30pm.
Highgate Cricket and Lawn Tennis Club.

Sunday 17th March, 4pm – 5:30pm.
Highgate Cricket and Lawn Tennis Club.

Sunday 24th March, 4:30pm – 5:30pm
Highgate Cricket and Lawn Tennis Club.

Sunday 31st March, 11:00am – 12:00.
Film Premiere and Research Launch, Crouch End Picturehouse, Screen 4.

Monday 1st April (morning).
April Fools joke is played (no physical meeting).

Sunday 7th April (late afternoon)
Evaluation and wrap party. Location tbc.

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