Due to ongoing systematic inequalities, young people from racialised communities have seen their mental wellbeing hit disproportionately hard by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Mental health practitioners trying to support young people from racialised communities (communities experiencing racial inequality) often lack the required ‘cultural competence’ to understand a lived experience of racism. This can magnify existing traumas, such as job losses and educational disadvantages, which have already been heightened by the pandemic. 


Young Changemakers will see the recruitment of a group of 16–25-year-olds in England with a passion for or lived experience of mental health and racial injustice. The recruited Young Changemakers will be given the opportunity to change mental health support for the better and affect real change. They will get involved with policy influencing, engaging and upskilling frontline practitioners, changing public attitudes, and peer-to-peer support.  

Young Changemakers will be led by a group of eight ‘Co-Producers’ who will help steer the training and recruitment of other young people, sharing their ideas and insight in all aspects of the programme.

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UK Youth will manage the coordination of project stakeholders, as well as being responsible for the management of the youth advisory group. It will be the first point of contact for recruitment and pastoral support of Young Changemakers. 

Centre for Mental Health will be responsible for establishing the evaluation methodology and impact tools across the project. It will resource a peer research model to lead the research phase, arm-in-arm with young people from racialised communities. 

The Diana Award will coordinate the youth development programme, including training for young people in social action, mental health awareness, and emotional/social skills, bringing expert facilitators from across the partnership. It will use its expertise in matching local mentors with young people, alongside UK Youth’s network of local youth workers. This will create a local ecosystem of support for Young Changemakers throughout their projects.  

People’s Postcode Lottery has made the project possible through an award of £650,000, raised by players of the People’s Postcode Lottery. The award is part of the Postcode Recovery Fund, designed to help communities recover from problems exacerbated by the pandemic. Since launching in 2005, players have raised over £750m for good causes across Britain and internationally.

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