Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest are looking for young people with lived experience of mental health issues to join our new Citizens Youth Advocacy programme. Citizen Youth Advocates will help us to support local young people with mental health issues to understand and exercise their rights, speak up and access support services.

Citizen Advocates will undergo training designed around the principles of advocacy to attain the Level 2 Independent Advocacy City and Guilds Qualification. This will be assessed by producing a portfolio of evidence to meet the learning outcomes of the training (listed below). Following the initial 40 hours of guided learning, trainees will provide weekly one-to-one advocacy support for young people in Hackney and will use this work to produce the portfolio of evidence.

The Level 2 Award is ideal for anyone wanting to acquire knowledge of Independent Advocacy and is an excellent opportunity for those looking to progress into an advocacy related career. In addition, trainees will access a diverse core training programme covering mindfulness based-techniques, youth mental health and resilience, mental health first aid and safeguarding. The Youth Peer Services team will also provide ongoing training and regular support to assist them in this hugely satisfying work.

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Successful applicants will be expected to commit to 1-2 days per week for the first month of required training, from 25th July-  30th August, then 4-5 consecutive hours per week until the completion of their portfolio.

As this is a peer-led project all applicants must have lived experience of mental health issues (a diagnosis is not needed) and be aged 18-35. Applications particularly encouraged from volunteers with experience of disadvantage through unemployment, isolation, disability, discrimination.

Successful applicants will be required to provide details of two references (character/ academic/ previous employer) to demonstrate their suitability for the training and previous examples of commitment. They will also be asked to submit details for and undertake a Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS) check.

Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest are looking for young people with lived experience of mental health issues to join our new Citizens Youth Advocacy programme. Citizen Youth Advocates will help us to support local young people with mental health issues to understand and exercise their rights, speak up and access support services.

To apply please send a CV and a brief cover letter to [email protected]. Deadline for applications is 5pm on 19th July 2018.

We are a disability confident employer. All applicants with a disability, who meet the minimum essential short-listing criteria are guaranteed an interview. If this applies to you, please email us the attached equal opportunities form.

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