Youth Advisory Committee
2022 Recruitment

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Join our Youth Advisory Committee

What is the Youth Advisory Committee?
The Youth Advisory Committee at Teenage Helpline helps to ensure that our services remain effective and focused on supporting and responding to the changing needs of young people. You will partner with our Executive Leadership team to:

  • Review the effectiveness of our services, suggest improvements and ensure we continue to benefit young people
  • Have a say in decisions that are made, providing the perspectives of young people
  • Drive new initiatives and ideas that advance our charity and support young people in new ways
  • Act as an ambassador of the charity, helping to grow awareness of who we are and what we do

What roles are there?
The Youth Advisory Committee is made up of a Chairperson, a Secretary and 17 committee members.

What commitment is needed of the Youth Advisory Committee?
We ask that all committee members are able to commit approximately 2 hours per week to Teenage Helpline, this includes 6 committee meetings per year. This role can be flexible around other commitments you may have.
*The chair will attend 6 Executive Committee Meetings per year and will be appointed as a trustee of the Charity.

Our commitment to Inclusion and Diversity
Teenage Helpline supports young people across the UK of all backgrounds. It is important that our Committee is representative of the young people that we work with. We are committed to ensuring that our committee positions are open to all young people, regardless of their background.

Youth Advisory Committee Support Streams

The Youth Advisory Committee will be split into three key streams, supporting the below areas. Each stream will have a Sub-Committee Leader and four committee members assigned. Some examples of activities you may get involved in are included below… but there could be plenty of other activities to get involved in too! When applying for the Youth Advisory Committee, you will have an opportunity to express an interest in any of the following support streams.

Driving Operations

This sub-committee will focus on improving the services that we provide young people. That may be advancing what we already do, or introducing new services!

Growing Awareness

This sub-committee will focus on partnering with our marketing and communications team. That may be to help improve our social media impact or support fundraising activities.

Developing People

This sub-committee will partner with our People Team to look at how we can develop our great people. That may be through identifying training needs or designing wellbeing initiatives.

Floating support

A number of Committee Members will not be assigned to a sub-committee, but will provide general support across all support streams of the Youth Advisory Committee.

Apply to be part of the Youth Advisory Committee

Apply to be the Youth Advisory Committee Chairperson

Deadline: Friday 9th September 2022

Apply to be the Youth Advisory Committee Secretary

Deadline: Friday 23rd September 2022

Apply to be a Youth Advisory Committee Member

Deadline: Friday 23rd September 2022

Youth Advisory Committee Onboarding

We expect that our new Youth Advisory committee will be onboarded in early November, allowing for time to get to know Teenage Helpline before starting their 2 year tenure on 1 January 2023. All committee members aged 16+ will require an Enhanced DBS check – our recruitment team will be in touch with all successful candidates with instructions once they have been selected. A session lasting approximately 1/2 a day will be scheduled with the Youth Advisory Committee and our Executive Leadership Team once onboarding has been completed.

How does the recruitment process work for Committee Members?

Note: The Youth Advisory Chairperson and Secretary will be recruited following our standard recruitment processes