Could you be a Youth Ambassador for End Child Poverty in the UK?

End Child Poverty, the UK-based movement which campaigns to ensure every child has the basic living necessities, is still looking for volunteer youth ambassadors – and there are just a few days left to put yourself or someone you know forward.

September 6 is the closing date for anyone wishing to apply to join the group of 16-25 year-olds who have been working with ECP since September 2020, many of whom have been sharing their experiences of growing up in poverty.

These experiences have been recorded on the organisation’s Young people talk poverty page, with more to come in the next few months. ECP comprises organisations from across the spectrum, including child charities, welfare bodies, social justice campaigners, trade unions.

‘Celebrate and share what you do’

ECP says it wants to celebrate what young people are doing in their local communities to help those less fortunate than themselves. It could be volunteering at a food bank, helping out at an after-school club, petitioning local council leaders to maintain a particular service, or challenging your school about the cost of school uniforms and trips.

It wants people from across the UK, and particularly those who have experienced growing up in poverty. But that is not essential – the most important ‘qualification’ is a passion for helping end to child poverty in the UK.

What does being a Youth Ambassador involve?

  • an initial 12 month commitment (with the option to stay longer if you’d like)
  • your agreement for you and your local activity being profiled on End Child Poverty’s website
  • your agreement to receive regular emails from us listing opportunities to take part in activities
  • regular ‘check ins’ with us about your experience of the scheme and ideas you may have

In return, ECP offers you the chance to promote your work, network and share ideas with other young people, develop campaigns and other ideas, receive training in dealing with the media, meet with local decision-makers and meet with other relevant stakeholders that have a shared interest in ending child poverty.

Interested? Then email to find out more. The next step will be to write down a summary of why you’d like to take part and what you’ve been involved in locally. This can be an ongoing thing or something you’ve done previously.

The closing date is 6 September.

Click here for more information.

Author: Simon Weedy

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