Youth Advisory Group
Use your voice to help other young people with cancer – join our Youth Advisory Group.
Young people with cancer are at the heart of Teenage Cancer Trust. Young people’s voices and experiences inform all our key decisions.
If you’re a young person with experience of cancer, you could use your voice, skills and ideas to help make sure young people with cancer get the care and support they need, now and in the future.
Apply to become a member of our Youth Advisory Group.
What is the Youth Advisory Group?
The group is made up of up to 30 young people who have been affected by cancer and have had direct experience of our services. They all joined because they wanted to make a difference for young people like them.
We listen to what they have to say and look to involve them in every big decision we make. We do that because no one knows better than those who have been through it. And they don’t just tell us what they think – they directly shape the support we provide to young people.
They’re involved in critical activities, like helping recruit members of our senior leadership team, creating our strategy and shaping our policy work. And that’s on top of things like helping us to create marketing campaigns and make our services even better across the UK.
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I really feel listened to, and it’s amazing seeing our suggestions become reality for the charity.
Why should I join?
As well as helping us, you’ll get to meet other young people who have had cancer. You can be yourself without judgment, share your story if you want to, and hear about the others’ experiences.
Being part of the Youth Advisory Group also means you get to develop your teamwork, communication and creative skills by coming up with ideas, giving feedback and working alongside different people from the charity including our Chief Executive. It’s great experience for your CV too, and we can provide references or LinkedIn recommendations.
You can hear more about what it’s like to be part of the Youth Advisory Group from some of our previous members in this video:
Who can be a Youth Advisory Group member?
Later this year we’ll be looking for new members to join the group for 2022-24.
You need to be a young person who was aged between 13-24 at the time of diagnosis, and have received support from Teenage Cancer Trust in the last two years. You’ll need to have finished active treatment and be well enough to attend the meetings, which may be held in person or online. We know sometimes health fluctuates but we want to you be well enough to join us and to get the most out of the meetings. If you have any questions or concerns about this then please do get in touch at [email protected].
We’re looking for experiences of all kinds of cancer. And we want our group to reflect the diversity of the whole of the UK. We welcome applications from across Scotland, Wales, England and Northern Ireland.
Whoever you are, wherever you live, and whatever your story, we want to hear from you.
When applications open, fill in the form below and use your experience to make a real difference.
When we’re in the group, it’s kind of a relief because you’re able to talk about issues without feeling judged.
How does the group work?
There’ll be an initial meet and greet, then the next session will be the first full meeting. Please note we need to follow the government’s advice on coronavirus at the time. Our current group is meeting virtually until further notice.
The role lasts for two years and will involve at least three meet-ups per year in various locations across the UK where possible. Some meetings are held over the weekend and last for two days in order to make the most of the time we have together.
Travel, overnight accommodation and any other relevant expenses will be covered.
Members will also be asked to give their ideas and feedback in between meetings online via email, Zoom and Slack.
A Teenage Cancer Trust Youth Engagement and Participation Manager manages the group. They will be your day-to-day contact, but you’ll get to work with members of the wider Teenage Cancer Trust team as well.
Apply to be a member
Applications for our 2022-24 Youth Advisory Group aren’t open just yet. Keep checking this page as we’ll put all the information you need on here when we’re ready to open applications.
If you have any questions, please email us on [email protected]