Young Champions

Want to participate in developing and delivering projects, services and research focused on children and young people’s mental health?

 

Our team of Young Champions work with us to ensure that the views and experiences of young people help shape how we deliver mental health services.   

 

Join our team!

We’re always on the lookout for young people who are passionate about mental health to join our team of Young Champions.

If you’re between 14 and 25 years of age, can volunteer for about 2 hours a month and live in commuting distance to London, we’d love to hear from you. We hold Young Champion training days twice a year; the next one will be in September 2017. 

Our Young Champions get involved in activities such as:

 

  • Public speaking at events and workshops
  • Designing new services at the Centre
  • Taking part in media opportunities to raise awareness of the work we do
  • Influencing clinical services and policy at a local and national level.

 

Becoming a Young Champion is a great way to support a good cause, and at the same time develop skills for your CV, make new friends, and take part in fun experiences with like-minded people!

We provide all our Young Champions with access to training and support. We can help with some expenses too (in line with our expenses policy).

If you are interested in becoming a Young Champion and would like more information, you can get in touch with our Youth Participation Officer, Nick Morgan by email Nicholas.Morgan@annafreud.org or phone 020 7794 2313.

 

Frequently Asked Questions – Young Champions

 

  1. What will becoming a Young Champion involve?

Our Young Champions volunteer their time to participate in a range of activities and events across the Centre. This can include things like taking part in media opportunities to raise awareness of mental health, helping out at mental health events and workshops, and supporting us to design new services for children and young people.

 

You can choose what you get involved in depending on your availability and interest, and you will be supported by our Youth Participation Officer, who will work with you to find the right volunteering opportunities for you.

 

  1. How much time do I need to give?

We are very flexible and can work around your availability. However, we do ask that you are able to volunteer for about 2 hours each month.

 

  1. Can I volunteer around school / college hours?

Yes, you can definitely volunteer around school / college hours. All we ask is that you are able to volunteer for about 2 hours each month.

 

  1. Do I need to have a personal connection to mental health to become a Champion?

We are really interested in hearing from young people who have experience of mental health difficulties. However, not all of our volunteering activities will require you to have a direct experience of mental health issues. So, if you are a young person and you are passionate about mental health, please do get in touch – we would love to hear from you. 

 

  1. What training and support will you provide?

We are committed to ensuring all our Champions are fully supported to engage in our projects and services in an informed and meaningful way. 

 

We will make sure you are fully briefed before you engage in any new activity and we will provide you with access to training (including an induction, safeguarding and information governance training) to support your development and help you learn new skills.

 

  1. Will my expenses be paid?

Yes, we will cover travel expenses for activities you engage in as a Young Champion. When you register as a Champion we will talk you though our expenses policy, so you will know how you can claim expenses and what you can claim expenses for.

 

  1. Are there any age restrictions to become a Young Champion?

You need to be between the age of 14 and 25 in order to become a Young Champion.

 

  1. Do I need parental consent to become a Young Champion?

Yes, if you are under 18 we will require a parent or carer to provide consent for you to become a Young Champion. Once we have this and you are enrolled as a Young Champion, you will then be able to engage in activities and projects across the Centre.

 

 

 

If you are interested in becoming a Young Champion or would like more information, you can get in touch with our Youth Participation Officer, Nick Morgan by email Nicholas.Morgan@annafreud.org or phone 020 7794 2313.