Young people with cancer are at the heart of Teenage Cancer Trust. Everything we do, we aim to do it together with you.
Apply to become a member of our Youth Advisory Group and use your experience, skills and ideas to help make sure young people with cancer get the care and support they need, now and in the future.
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.
Like being involved in recruiting 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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We have access to so many people who can influence care for others and ourselves – it’s a great opportunity.
- Nat, Youth Advisory Group 2018-20 member
Why should I join?
As well as helping us, you’ll get to meet other young people who have had cancer. It’s a place where you can be yourself without judgment, share your story if you want to, and hear about the other’s 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 CEO. 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 current members in this video:
Who can be a Youth Advisory Group member?
We’re looking for new members to join the group for 2020-22.
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. 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 on email@example.com.
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 we’re in the group it’s really amazing and it’s kind of a relief because you’re able to talk about issues without feeling judged.
- Ellie, Youth Advisory Group 2018-20 member
How does the group work?
The initial meet and greet is due to be in October and the first full meeting is scheduled for November, where some of our current Youth Advisory Group will give the new members an introduction and help them find their feet. Please note these dates are subject to change depending on the government’s advice on social distancing at the time. At the time of launch, all meetings will be virtual 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, Skype and Slack.
The designated Teenage Cancer Trust Youth Engagement and Development Manager manages the group. They will be your day to day contact, along with a wider team who you will also hear from every now and then.
Apply to be a member
To apply, you just need to download and fill in the form below. Please send your completed form to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 23:59 on Friday 28 August 2020.
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You’ll hear from us about your application in summer 2020.
Whilst we only have space for up to 30 members, we will always look to find opportunities for you to share your skills and experiences with us, even if you’re not successful in your application for the Youth Advisory Group. That might mean contributing to one of our campaigns, sharing your story with us, or helping us review information and content from time to time. We will let you know about other ways you can get involved during the application process.
It’s been so good to be involved directly and see how what we’ve discussed has actually become a real thing that has such a huge impact in the charity. It’s not just one small aspect, it’s the whole workings of the charity that’s affected by what we’ve done.
- Hanna, Youth Advisory Group 2018-20 member