Young Changemakers is a collaboration between UK Youth, the Centre for Mental Health, and The Diana Award.
Young Changemakers supports young people with black and black mixed-race heritage to channel their lived experiences into tackling racial injustices in mental health services in the UK. The project is led by young Co-Producers aged 16 – 25 with a passion for and/or lived experience of mental health issues and racial injustices. It gives young people with black and black mixed-race heritage communities an opportunity to reimagine and affect change through the lens of social action.
Young Changemakers identify as Black or Black-mixed race, are aged 16-25 and are based in Leeds, Luton, Birmingham, Manchester or London.The Changemakers are supported by a local youth organisation, who recruit, onboard, and support the young people through their journey. Changemakers are 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.
Each changemaker social action project will have the opportunity receive additional, bespoke support from the partnership on the Accelerator Pathway.
Our group of Co-Producers, aged 16-25, with black and black mixed-race heritage, have lived experience and/or a passion for supporting mental health. They are involved in the development of training for youth organisations and schools to help further antiracist work and improve health and wellbeing for young people across the nation. They also support design content for various projects and support the new Changemakers in the programme, alongside receiving pastoral care and upskilling opportunities.
Spirit of 2012 awarded The Diana Award with funding to build on the legacy of the Young Changemakers Programme, to develop and deliver Anti-Racist Bullying Training to secondary schools. After the session, we offer students and educators 12 months of tailored support to develop exciting campaigns that will create real impact in your school, community and beyond.
Our live and interactive webinars, delivered by our expert team, provide plenty of opportunities to ask questions and share successes, challenges, and best practice post training with other school staff. These webinars are suitable for any school staff member, educator or youth facilitator who would like guidance on a wide variety of topics on anti-bullying work in schools. Please be advised that some webinars may be recorded for quality assurance purposes.
The programme is 6 months (October 2021-April 2022). We will break for the Christmas season and reconvene in January.
No, it is voluntary. However, there are benefits to taking part which are:
This cohort will be predominantly online with a physical residential (all expenses covered) in the new year.
No, the social action projects will be delivered in teams, so you won’t have to do everything alone.
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.