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Youth Advisory Group

The Wolfson Centre puts the experiences and voices of young people at the heart of our work via our well-established Youth Advisory Group (YAG).

Our YAG meets regularly to discuss a broad variety of research projects, drive our public involvement strategy and feed into the wider direction of the research centre.

We regularly look to recruit young people between 14 and 25 with lived mental health experience from all over the UK to join our Youth Advisory Group.

How to help us

By joining the Wolfson Centre’s Youth Advisory Group, you will:

  • help shape the centre’s work by advising on the research questions that are important to young people
  • advise us on how we undertake our research
  • assist us in understanding what the research findings mean for young people
  • suggest how the findings could be used to improve what happens in real life for young people with lived mental health experiences

What’s involved?

We hold a series of monthly meetings throughout the academic year.

Most of our meetings are held online but we also run two in person workshops here in Cardiff so we can socialise and get to know each other better.

In the meetings, our YAG advise us on research about young people’s mental health, share their views on priorities and set the agenda for many of our events and activities.

We understand that your time is valuable. Group members receive £25 (cash or a voucher) for taking part in each session.

Why join us?

In return for being part of our advisory group, you will:

Have your voice heard
  • Your views can directly impact mental health policy here in Wales. Your opinion will be fed back to our partners in our Implementation and Engagement Board which includes advisors to Welsh Government, policymakers and charities that support young people’s mental health, as well as people who work for and with young people like doctors and psychologists.
Learn new skills
  • Receive training in research methods as you advise us on our work, through tasks such as examining grant applications or contributing to sessions with our scientific researchers.
Boost your CV
  • We can provide opportunities to develop other skills that may be of interest to you, including CV writing, chairing a meeting, and producing digital content for our web and social media platforms.
Gain creative experiences
  • YAG members can sign up for additional opportunities throughout the year including contributing during annual events, like our Scientific Advisory Board meeting and the Wolfson Centre Summer School. YAG members also regularly create original digital content with us through social media campaigns and writing on our blog.

Apply now

Complete this short online application form to register your interest in joining our Youth Advisory Group.

Contact us

If you have any queries about the advisory group, please get in touch.

Emma Meilak

Emma Meilak

Public Involvement Officer, Wolfson Centre for Young People's Mental Health

+44 (0)29 2068 8479