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War Child - Youth Advocate

Details of the Charity:

War Child UK is striving for a world where children’s lives are no longer torn apart by war.

We are the only specialist charity for children in conflict in the UK, delivering high-impact programmes that are rebuilding lives across Afghanistan, Iraq, Jordan, Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Central African Republic. We aim to reach children early in the conflict cycle and stay to support them through their recovery, providing education, protection services and building longer-term livelihood opportunities. We support children to deal with the traumas of armed conflict, equipping them with the skills and knowledge to go back to school, and provide training to young people so they can support themselves.

Details of the Volunteering Opportunity:

War Child UK is looking for volunteers, who are interested in making positive change for children affected by conflict around the world, to join our Youth Advocates Panel. We feel strongly that young people who themselves have been affected by conflict, are the best advocates for their peers still living in war zones. The panel represent War Child - as ambassadors and representatives at events.

What do Youth Advocates do? 

  • Help raise awareness of issues affecting children in current and post conflict societies with the public, decision makers and the media.
  • Support War Child UK in influencing change in policies and opinions relating to children and young people affected by conflict.

Essential Requirements:

  • Be aged between 18-24, (we will consider those under 18 if you are very keen to join and we are able to meet with your family or caregivers).
  • Have first-hand experience of living in a place that has been affected by war, particularly any of the more recent and existing conflicts such as those in Iraq, Syria, DRC or Yemen.
  • Live in Greater London or within easy travelling distance of Central London.
  • Have an interest in children’s rights, humanitarian issues and making a difference.

Skills Required:

  • You do not need to have experience in public speaking, advocacy or campaigning to join as we would support you in building these skills. 

Additional Benefits:

Becoming a War Child UK Youth Advocate will open-up numerous opportunities including:

  • Making a difference for children in places still affected by conflict
  • Taking part in once in a life time activities
  • Building skills in public speaking, writing, interviewing and advocating for change
  • Meeting new people
  • Developing an understanding of how international charities operate
  • Opportunities to network and gain sector experience
  • Opportunities to input into War Child UK campaign activities
  • Interested? Apply below:
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  • Have you come to study at Brunel from outside the EU
  • If you are an international student which visa do you hold?