For young people aged 14-25
Did you know volunteering can help you live longer? According to the bods at public health helping others can boost your mental health and help you live longer.*
*BMC Public Health - Dr Suzanne Richards
Here at the Changing Minds Project we really believe that young people who have had experience of mental health problems can used their lived experience to support others and be ‘ambassadors’ to challenge the stigma around mental health.
We have a number of opportunities for young people to volunteer with the Changing Minds Project:
Peer to Peer Support:
Support young people aged 14-25 similar to you with mental health problems. Be someone they can talk to and support them during tough times. Peer support volunteers will have access to excellent training, supervision and assessment.
All we ask if that you are 14-25, have a passion for helping others, want to share your lived experience and can give up a bit of your spare time. Volunteering is such a great gift to give others and in return you will receive certificates, meet lots of new friends and gain useful skills and knowledge.
You can volunteer face to face by helping organise and run our group peer mentoring sessions, or you can volunteer to support somebody through our "Write With You" penpal scheme.
Young Persons Advisory Panel:
How can a project for young people be run by adults?
Easy! We have a Young Person Advisory Panel (YPAP)
The Changing Minds Project truly works in the spirit of participation and believes that young people should have a say in every service they receive. The young people volunteering on our panel help us make changes and design the project so that it can be the best it can be.
We meet once a month at Newport Mind and it is a great way to volunteer on something regular and it’s useful if you are interested in project management and shaping policy and practice.
Have a say in every aspect of how the project runs including leaflet design, writing self-management courses and promoting the project.