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War Child UK

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 (DRC) 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.

Application deadline: 
Saturday, 30 June 2018

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. War Child UK feels 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 UK - as ambassadors and representatives at events. This might include things like speaking at Parliament, meeting policy makers, supporting War Child UK music events and commenting in UK and international media.

There are wide variety of what you could be involved in- and the types of advocacy opportunities will vary - but it will always be up to you to say what you feel you can or can’t contribute. In the past members have done things like joined policy discussions, given presentations, been interviewed for TV, radio and newspapers, come along to events in the Houses of Parliament, at Global Summits and War Child UK’s own music gigs.

Role Aim: 

To help raise awareness of issues affecting children in current and post conflict societies with the public, decision makers and the media.

To support War Child UK in influencing change in policies and opinions relating to children and young people affected by conflict

Duties: 

There are wide variety of what you could be involved in- and the types of advocacy opportunities will vary - but it will always be up to you to say what you feel you can or can’t contribute. In the past members have done things like joined policy discussions, given presentations, been interviewed for TV, radio and newspapers, come along to events in the Houses of Parliament, at Global Summits and War Child UK’s own music gigs.

There are no set hours, as the engagement depends on the opportunities available, which maybe every couple of months or so. Members would be contacted as opportunities arise and a discussion would take place first about what taking part will mean. Individual support would be offered before, during and after any events and participation is completely voluntary; we only encourage members to get involved with what they feel comfortable with. Regular meetings between other members of the group would also be supported by War Child UK.

Skills needed: 

Essential Requirements:

• Be aged between 18-26, (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.

Training: 

We will do an induction with all new and existing members and provide training ahead of all opportunities. We will also aim to work with the volunteer to see how we can develop skills they want within the YAP remit.

Location: 
War Child UK Office
Time commitment: 
1-3 hours per week
Opening times: 
There are no set hours, as the engagement depends on the opportunities available, which maybe every couple of months or so. Members would be contacted as opportunities arise and a discussion would take place first about what taking part will mean.