Time to Change York Champion

Organisation Name: Time to Change York

Organisation Address:
York CVS
Priory Street Centre
15 Priory Street

Organisation's Cause:
Equality / Human & Civil Rights
Mental Health

Type of Voluntary Activity:
Campaigning / Lobbying / Ambassador

Location of Voluntary Activity:
Across York

Role description:
Using your lived experience of mental ill-health (this does not have to have a formal diagnosis) to help to end mental health stigma and discrimination in a variety of ways (e.g. blogs, vlogs, poems, radio appearances, press releases, zoom events) to suit you and to a variety of audiences (e.g. social media, workplaces, the general public, and health professionals). We provide a group of like minded people to campaign to end mental health stigma and discrimination in York. We have various sub-project groups that meet virtually (via zoom) during the evenings as well as day times. You are welcome to set up your own project as an individual and we will see if our Project Coordinator and / or fellow Champions (volunteers) are able to support your project idea to end mental health stigma and discrimination in York. You can volunteer as much or as little time as you like and this is a flexible volunteering role with one off tasks as well as regular commitments all to suit you and your availability.

Skills and behaviours needed for the role:
Essential skills:Lived experience of mental health problems - these do not have to have a formal diagnosis and your experiences can be in the past or happening now.Willingness to share your experiences of mental health stigma and discrimination.Ability to communicate with others and to accept that other people's opinions may differ to yours.Responsibility for your own wellbeing - this is not a counselling or peer support group. We are a social action group working to change negative attitudes and behaviours towards people with experience of mental health problems.Desirable skills (you are not expected to have all of these!):Social media skillsIT skillsVideo editing skillsBlog writing skillsPress release writing skillsExperience of talking on the radioAbility to share your experiences creatively, e.g. through art or poetryAttending or Chairing meetingsOrganisational skills Talking to audiences / presentation skills

Will there be a DBS check? No

Driving Licence required? No

Volunteer's own vehicle required? No

Suitable for:
Hearing impaired
Intellectual/Learning Disabilities
One-off Volunteering
Ongoing Volunteering
Short term Volunteering
Skilled Volunteer
Vision impaired
Wheelchair users

What will the volunteer gain/benefit from:
You will benefit from the following: Meet like a minded network of people (Champions) trying to end mental health stigma and discrimination in York Learn new skills Opportunities to have your voice represented Opportunities to engage with local communities and organisations Opportunities to take part in our steering group Opportunities to influence local people

When are volunteers needed: We are incredibly flexible at Time to Change York and we are always looking for new volunteers, so please get in touch with us right away to find out more about volunteering with us.

How to get involved:
Please email Emma on timetochange@yorkcvs.org.uk

Web link: Click here

Closing date: 31-08-2021