What does it involve?

What does it involve?

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 and when?

How much time and when?

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.

My experience of mental health

My experience of mental health

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.  

Training and support

Training and support

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. 

Expenses

Expenses

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.

Restrictions

Restrictions

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.