RNIB is proud to launch our new project, Creating Young Community Leaders, with funding from the Postcode Community Trust.
We know that life as a young blind or partially sighted person is a unique experience – and presents some unique challenges. We want to enable and equip all members of our community with the skills and confidence to live life to the full. But that's not all. We want them to feel empowered to lead, motivate and inspire other young people too. That's where you come in.
We’re recruiting our Young Leaders – and we want you
We’re looking for blind and partially sighted people aged 18-30 to be our aspiring Young Leaders. If you want to be more active in your local community then this is the programme for you.
We’ll initially be recruiting in four of our England networks where the project is running: London, East of England, East Midlands and West Midlands
No previous experience is required, but enthusiasm is a must – and the following are the sorts of qualities we’d like applicants to have. Perhaps you:
- pride yourself on being a great communicator
- are super organised
- have an interest in technology or have your finger on the pulse with the latest social media platforms
- are passionate about bringing together young blind and partially sighted people in your local area, helping to reduce isolation.
We want to utilise your valuable experiences as a young person in our community and your existing knowledge. Combined with the new skills and support that will be provided, this will help you to come together and form our first team of Young Leaders.
If any of this sounds like you, we’d love for you to get involved.
About the role
Firstly, you’ll attend a two-day training course, where you’ll be equipped with a range of practical skills for this role. Just some of what this will cover includes:
- public speaking and confidence building
- facilitating group discussions
- interview and broadcast skills, including recording audio for radio or podcasts.
We’ll then support you to put your new skills into action. You’ll form, organise and lead a regular group in your area, as well as promote it and recruit fellow local young people with sight loss to come along. You’ll also work collaboratively with your peers to organise meetings, social activities and more.
It’s a challenge, but with the support of your local RNIB Connect network in your area, plenty of enthusiasm and your newly honed leadership skills, we’re sure you’ll be up to the task.
It’s also a great opportunity to meet new people and socialise, as well as raise awareness and reduce isolation in the community.
It'll take your hard work, determination and commitment – but it’s also intensely rewarding, is great experience to add to your CV, and should be pretty good fun, too.
Criteria to become a Young Leader
This programme is specifically for young blind and partially sighted people, and is running as a trial in four selected areas of England. In order to be eligible to take part, you must meet all of the following criteria. You must be:
- blind or partially sighted
- aged 18-30
- live in one of the four areas of England that the project is running in – these are London, East of England, East Midlands and West Midlands (if you’re not sure if you live in one of these four areas, or which one you are located in, please estimate and we can check for you)
- able to travel to either our London or Peterborough offices for a two-day training course (the course will take place in February 2019 and reasonable expenses will be covered).
Please note that you don't have to be a member of RNIB Connect to apply, but if you are selected then we’d like you to sign up as part of the training process.
Any other questions?
If you still have any queries, please contact our volunteering team at [email protected]
or call 01733 375450.
About the Postcode Community Trust
Postcode Community Trust is a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.
We’re pleased to have received funding from the Trust to fund the Creating Young Community Leaders project. Visit the Postcode Community Trust's website to find out more about their work, including details of other projects they have funded and to apply for funding for your own project.