Northern Ireland Youth Forum

Young People in the Lead advisory panel

Northern Ireland Youth Forum

Our Young People in the Lead team

The National Lottery Community Fund is the largest funder of Children and young people activity across the UK.

Over a third of our funding goes to the smallest of grassroots groups right up to large UK-wide charities to ensure children and young people thrive. We therefore have big plans for 2020 and beyond as we work to make sure young people’s voices are included in all our work, whether it’s through the grants we make, the people we influence or the things we learn.

We strongly believe that when people are in the lead, communities thrive. So we have recruited 12 dynamic young people from across the projects we currently fund to work closely with our Head of Youth Voice and partner with us throughout 2020.

Through the Young People in the Lead advisory panel, we aim to meet the issues young people and their communities are facing head on, with the aim of steering significant and positive change in communities.

The Young People in the Lead team meet monthly with the Head of Youth Voice and decide as a team what work to focus on and how it should be achieved. They also receive support and guidance from our staff as part of a tailored training package to develop their skills and experience.

If you have any queries or would like to discuss the group further, please don’t hesitate to contact our Head of Youth Voice, Jo Rich Joanne.rich@tnlcommunityfund.org.uk

Find out more about the panel by reading their latest blog or view their YouTube playlist

Amelia

Amelia

Amelia is 18 years old and lives on a farm in Yorkshire. She works for Ribble Rivers Trust as an Apprentice and volunteers with Our Bright Future. She's passionate about the environment and all things wildlife.

Ash

Ash

Ash is 18 years old and lives in Bristol. She volunteers as a peer leader with Youth Moves, which has led her to represent young people in many different opportunities. She's really passionate about helping other young people, as mentors have always been important to her.

Cain

Cain

Cain is 20 years old and lives in London. He is at college, but recently set up his own music business to inspire other young people. He also volunteers as a youth ambassador for a housing association. He's passionate about being a positive role model to others.

Danny

Danny

Danny is 24 years young and lives in Chorley. He's an Ambassador for SLEAP, which is a homeless charity. This role involves going to public events to change peoples views on the homeless and he speaks to the community to answer the questions they have. He is really passionate about changing perceptions of homelessness.

Jack

Jack

Jack is 24 and lives in Oxford. He has been supported by My Life My Choice and is now a Trustee for the charity. He's passionate to raise the awareness of young people with disabilities and how they need to be supported.

Jemimah

Jemimah

Jemimah is 22 years old. She just moved back to London after living in Lancashire for a few years and volunteers with The Wildlife Trust. She's passionate about the environment, mental health and inspiring young people to make a change.

Kenny

Kenny

Kenny is 20 years old and from London. He currently works for Fight for Peace as a Youth Leader & Coach and has been involved with the global Fight for Peace network as an ambassador. He's passionate about helping other young people and the role of sport in changing lives.

Kianna

Kianna

Kianna is 21 years old and lives in Leeds. She currently works at Getaway Girls, which is a local charity and she is very passionate about ensuring that girls and young women's voices are heard and that they are given opportunities to influence change.

Kim

Kim

Kim is 23 years old and from Hull. She works for The National Lottery Community Fund grant holder This-ability and she's passionate about supporting young people with disabilities and health conditions to find sustained employment.

Loren

Loren

Loren is 21 years old. She is part of The National Lottery Community Fund project Putting Down Roots part of the Our Bright Future programme, as well as working with National Lottery grant holder EmpowerHer. She's done lots of work with the NHS and Mind and she is a champion of having conversations around mental health and well-being.

Rachel

Rachel

Rachel is 17 years old and lives in London. She's a member of Headstart where they do things such as holding workshops to develop transferable skills and work with schools to provide mental health resources to students, teachers and parents. She is passionate about youth involvement in the community.

Ruhina

Ruhina

Ruhina is 25 years old and lives in Tower Hamlets, London. She has volunteered as a youth worker for a number of years and is now Impact & Evaluations Officer for a charity called Skyway. She is very passionate about giving young people from different communities a voice.