Campaigns (Youth Engagement) Assistant

If you’re aged 18-25, passionate about changing the mental health system and ready to speak out to make sure young voices are heard in the Our Minds Our Future campaign, this could be the role for you.

This is a part time, temporary role designed for a young person aged 18-25 who might be just starting out or exploring the campaigning and/or youth sector.

Don’t be put off if you don’t have tonnes of direct work experience already, if you are ready to learn on-the-go, challenge yourself and your teammates, and pitch in wherever you can to reach ambitious goals, we want to hear from you. We are just as keen to hear about the skills you have built though school projects, voluntary work or grassroots campaigning, and we value the expertise gained through personal experience of mental health issues or engaging with services.

This role sits in the Make Our Rights Reality team at Youth Access.

Download the Job Description and Person Specification here.

Role Overview

Salary £11.61 per hour
Hours 21 / week (equivalent to 3 days, which can be worked flexibly around other commitments)
Reporting to Programmes Manager
Manages None
Start date January 2019 (negotiable)
Based at Youth Access’ office in London SW12
Length of contract 6 months
Application Send a CV and 1 page cover letter to morr@youthaccess.org.uk no later than midnight 2nd January

About the role

Youth Access strives to put young people at the heart of our policy and campaigns work, and to give them a platform to make their voices heard. At the core of our efforts is the Make Our Rights Reality (MORR) programme and its flagship campaign, Our Minds Our Future, which has been developed and led by young people.

Our Minds Our Future calls for a rights-based approach to mental health care in the UK, that provides age-appropriate, person-centred care for young people aged 16-25. We all have a fundamental human right to the best mental health care, and yet too many young people are being failed by the services designed to protect them. In order to change this, we are training up teams of young ‘Rights Advocates’ across the UK to out pressure on decision-makers to make change. The Campaigns (Youth Engagement) Assistant will support the efforts of the young people in our network and hold the rest of the staff team accountable to their needs.

The focus of the role is to be the main point of contact for the young steering group members to steer the direction of the campaign, as well as for the Rights Advocates who lead the campaign in their local areas. This role is suited to an enthusiastic and engaged young person who is passionate about mental health and the power of young people to create change. They should also be committed to Youth Access’ mission and values.

Key responsibilities

  1. To be the main point of contact with our young Rights Advocates and steering group
  2. To administer communications with young people
  3. To represent the voice of young people from the MORR network within Youth Access
  4. To administer MORR social media channels
  5. To manage personal administrative needs.
  6. To be flexible in adapting the needs of the post according to the changing and emerging needs of Youth Access and its membership and to undertake other duties and responsibilities from time to time commensurate with the grade of the post.

Please download the full Job Description and Person Specification before submitting your CV and 1 page cover letter to morr@youthaccess.org.uk (deadline midnight 2nd January).