*These vacancies are now closed*

This is an exciting volunteer work experience opportunity for young people aged 15-25, working with Managers at the Big Lottery Fund.

The deadline is midnight on 14 December 2015, and interviews will be held in Birmingham. Please note this is NOT available to young people already involved in HeadStart through their local area forums.

What will the work involve?
You will help the Big Lottery Fund decide on whether HeadStart proposals are good enough to be funded, so this is a very important role. It will involve looking at plans from projects that are asking for money. It will include some reading, writing and discussing your thoughts about the plans. You will use your learning from the training and from your own experience. The Big Lottery Fund also wants to hear your opinion on future priorities for funding for projects to help young people.

How will you benefit from it?
You will have the opportunity to be part of an exciting and innovative programme that will help many young people and to work alongside Big Lottery Fund Managers to develop your knowledge and skills about funding for charities.

You will receive training that will help you understand:

  • Mental health issues for young people (you can also teach us what you know about this)
  • How the Big Lottery decide what causes to give money to and which organisations should get the money
  • Generally how grant making works (this will also teach you how to write a great funding application)
  • What makes a good project idea and plan
  • How to check whether projects are working well
  • Presentation and interviewing skills

The work experience will give you great evidence of your commitment, skills and abilities that will help you with college, work or university applications. The Big Lottery Fund will provide you with references that show your reliability, team working skills and project skills that will be useful in any application. We will help you keep a portfolio of your work.

  • You will get all your travel expenses paid, and lunch and refreshments at meetings will be provided.
  • You will receive support, and if you are worried about anything to do with the work experience at any time there will be people that you can speak to.
  • You will work with other young people and with adults, and have the opportunity to make new friends and socialize.

Are you the kind of person we are looking for?
To be successful you definitely need to:

  • Have an interest in mental health issues for young people
  • Be reliable, motivated and committed to helping other young people in society
  • Be able to deal with a lot of information
  • Read documents sent to you before meetings and be prepared
  • Be open minded about working with people from all sorts of backgrounds, cultures and needs
  • Be prepared to listen and be respectful of other people’s views
  • Be able to attend all the meetings listed below and be interested in carrying on further after May
  • Be able to get to Birmingham for our meetings
  • Want to help us create positive change

We are also particularly interested in the following, but if you don’t fit into these categories you can still apply:

  • Young people aged 15-18 although if you are older than this you can still apply (up to age 25)
  • Young people who have had issues with their own mental health or who have supported other young people with mental health issues

Download further details (pdf) and an application form (doc).

*These vacanies are now closed*