Youth health champions

Youth health champions are volunteers aged 14 to 19 who promote positive health messages and help get young people in Kent talking about youth health.

It is an exciting role for young people who really want to make a difference towards increasing the accessibility of health services for young people in Kent.

To find out more

If you have any questions or want to know if your school or local youth and community centre is part of this project, email sadie.williams@kent.gov.uk

Responsibilities

  • plan the promotion campaign in a school or community setting
  • help raise awareness about the health and emotional wellbeing of young people and promote positive relationships and developing resilience in others
  • fully engage with the training and develop a sound knowledge of the issues regarding safeguarding, relationships, emotional wellbeing and resilience
  • work alongside school and community staff, health care professionals and council staff to support the development of health services for young people
  • attend school assemblies, classes, events and youth sessions to raise awareness of youth health
  • understand and promote the local health services for young people and signpost peers to access them
  • you may be asked to work at weekends and in the holidays but we'll agree these dates with you in advance
  • you will need to show full commitment to achieving the programme objectives and completing monitoring and evaluation information
  • help develop and deliver social media campaigns to reach a wider network of young people
  • ensure compliance with national standards, our safeguarding policies and youth volunteering policy.

Training

All training will be provided and will give you the skills to confidently discuss issues relating to sexual health, emotional wellbeing and resilience with young people.

You will be given the opportunity to:

  • explore and understand the risk factors related to poor sexual health
  • discuss the importance of and positive self esteem and relationships
  • explore what is meant by emotional resilience, and understand risk and resilience
  • understand the impact of mental health stigmas and recognise when someone is in need of support and how to support them
  • consider your own values, attitudes and confidence in supporting young people
  • explore the various methods of contraception, the signs and symptoms of sexually transmitted infections, and access to local services
  • have an understanding of the sexual offences act, safeguarding and confidentiality in relation to sexually active young people
  • find out what local health services are available for young people.

What you get out of it

  • learn new skills: teamwork, event organisation, research, communication and creative skills
  • have a real impact on the way sexual health and relationship issues are delivered to young people
  • the opportunity to gain accredited qualifications or complete activities which can contribute towards accredited qualifications such as Duke of Edinburgh
  • good experience to add to your CV, college and university applications
  • expenses paid
  • contribute to the shaping of health services in Kent.