Youth Champions are young volunteers (aged 16-24), who help us to communicate with other young people in Sunderland, to find out what they think and to find out if services for young people are doing a good job.
Youth Champions will help Healthwatch Sunderland by:
- Representing & spreading the word about Healthwatch Sunderland in the local community.
- Encouraging young people to share their feelings about Sunderland health and care services.
- Visiting local health and care services to look at how well they work with young people.
- Helping to influence our work that aims to make health and social care services better for children and young people.
- Helping advise Healthwatch Sunderland and other services how they can be more ‘child and young people friendly’
- Work with a team to report your findings and maybe work with the service to help them make things better in the future.
Ideally volunteers will:
- Have good listening and verbal skills
- Have enthusiasm and a positive, proactive approach
- Keen to get young people’s voices heard
- Be non-judgemental
- Value people as individuals, respecting difference and diversity
- Be reliable and display good time keeping
- Be interested in developing new skills and willing to undergo any necessary training
- Live or study in Sunderland
The number of hours you give as a Youth Champion will vary and depend on your availability. The days and amount of time you give is flexible and you can discuss and agree this with staff.
All volunteers will undergo a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service), the cost of this plus expenses will be covered by Healthwatch Sunderland.