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YOUNG PEOPLE FROM RACIALISED COMMUNITIES

RE-IMAGINING MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT

Young people from racialised communities have seen their mental wellbeing hit disproportionately hard by the Covid-19 pandemic. It’s time for change.

We need culturally competent mental health services that effectively meet the needs of young people from racialised communities. The Diana Award is collaborating with the Centre for Mental Health and UK Youth to create the Young Changemaker programme.

WHO ARE CHANGEMAKERS?

Are you aged 16-25? Do you live in Birmingham, Leeds, Luton or Bristol? Do you identify as Black or Black mixed-race? Then you could be a Changemaker!

You will be given the opportunity to change mental health support for the better and affect real change. You 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 young 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. Led by young people, to empower young people! 

COULD YOU BE A YOUNG CHANGEMAKER?

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS_

HOW LONG IS THE PROGRAMME?

The programme is 6 months (October 2021-April 2022). We will break for the Christmas season and reconvene in January.

IS THIS PAID?

No, it is voluntary. However, there are benefits to taking part which are:

  • All expenses paid
  • Access to professional networks in your chosen area
  • Mentors
  • Specialist training in mental health, resilience, and social action skills

IS THIS PHYSICAL OR VIRTUAL?

This cohort will be predominantly online with a physical residential (all expenses covered) in the new year.

WILL I HAVE TO DO THE SOCIAL ACTION PROJECT ALONE?

No, the social action projects will be delivered in teams, so you won’t have to do everything alone.

DO I HAVE A SAY IN WHAT SOCIAL ACTION PROJECT IS WORKED ON?

Yes, the four we suggest are not mandatory. The aim of this programme is to let young people focus on the areas they are most passionate about.

WHAT EXACTLY IS EXPECTED OF ME IF I WISH TO BECOME A CHANGEMAKER?

  • Take part in our training sessions
  • Attend the residential (if you are comfortable in doing so)
  • Work with your team to deliver a meaningful social action project

HOW WILL I BE SUPPORTED?

  • You will have a dedicated staff team that are available throughout the programme

  • You will receive a toolkit to turn to at each stage of the programme

  • You will have mentors ready to help you throughout the project

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