Becoming a Young Champion

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 the work we do, covering topics such as clinical services, digital innovation, research and training.   

Join our team!

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

If you’re between 14 and 25 years of age, can volunteer for a minimum of approximately 2 hours a month and live within an hour commute to Central London, we’d love to hear from you. We recruit Young Champions twice a year; the next one will be in February/March 2018. 

Our Young Champions get involved in activities such as:

• Designing new services and projects at the Centre
• Co-facilitating workshops and trainings
• Taking part in public speaking opportunities through the media or at events, to talk about their experiences and/or raise awareness of the work we deliver
• Influencing clinical services and policy at a local and national level.

As a Young Champion you will meet like-minded people, develop skills for the future and take part in fun experences. We provide all our Young Champions with access to training and support (including helping with expenses).

Frequently Asked Questions – Young Champions

  • 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.

  • 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 a minimum of 2 hours each month.

  • 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 a minimum of 2 hours each month.

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

We believe that everyone has a personal connection to mental health, whether that is yourself, a family member, a friend or through something you read on social media, it impacts us all.  There is a large variety of opportunities for Young Champions at the Centre, some of which, may ask for specific mental health experiences.  However, as long as you have a passion to create positive change in mental health, we would love to hear from you - so please do get in touch.  

  • 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 activity and we will provide you with access to training (such as safeguarding, blogging, information governance training and a Young Champion Induction Day) to support your development and help you learn new skills. We are also open to suggestions from Champions about any additional ideas for training / development that you may feel you need in order to engage with opportunities effectively. 

  • Will my expenses be paid?

Yes, we will cover some travel expenses for activities you engage in as a Young Champion, but this differs depending on each project. 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, alternatively, please contact us if you would like to know more details before applying.

  • Are there any age restrictions to become a Young Champion?

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

  • 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 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.