Join the NHS England Young Carer Health Champion programme

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Young carersCalling all young carers aged 16-24!

The Young Carers Health Champion programme was established by NHS England in 2015 to support improved health literacy, promote health and wellbeing and develop the capacity of young carers to participate in planning and development of young carer friendly services. It aims to support service change through young carer voices.

The 12-month programme is made up of young carers (aged between 16 – 24) from across the country. You will experience self-development, be part of healthcare initiatives that aim to improve young carer identification and support and develop an action plan with outcomes that further support young carer friendly services.

Why join the Programme?

If you are a young/young adult carer who wants to make a difference and contribute your experience and ideas, then this programme is for you.

Health Champions that complete the programme can become a Mentor for the next cohort of Health Champions, your personal development and opportunity to be part of national work to improve the support and identification of young carers can continue.

How to join and what the programme involves

We are recruiting now for the July 2019 programme. The 12-month programme consists of; three residential weekends which must be attended with a Support Worker from your Young Carer Organisation, regular virtual contact as a group through our closed Facebook group and opportunities to participate and contribute to healthcare events and workshops.

If you are keen to be considered for this programme email Paula Cruise now with your name, age and Young Carer Organisation Support Worker contact details to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Paula on 07800 171820 if you have any questions. Closing date for applications is 7th June 2019. Confirmation of acceptance on the programme will be sent the following week.

Dates you need to know

During the 12 months programme we meet for three residential weekends. The dates are:

  • Friday 26th – Sunday 28th July 2019
  • Friday 25th – Sunday 27th October 2019
  • Friday 17th April – Sunday 19th April 2020

More informatuon here.