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“We’re here so every young person can feel supported”
It isn’t always easy for children and young people to talk about mental health. Due to stigma you might worry about what other people might say, or of being laughed at, or not taken seriously if you mention your concerns.
At No5 we believe that peer support (a mutual system of giving and receiving help) has the biggest impact on children and young people. That’s where our young ambassadors come in; they have lived experience of mental health issues and are passionate about supporting others in their community. Therefore, through sharing their stories they champion our vision, engage, and inspire their peers.
Meet the Young Ambassadors
Hi I’m Abbie and I’m 16 years old. I attended counselling at No5 in 2014 and they helped so much. I decided to become a young ambassador after revisiting the charity with NCS as I found out more about it and was reminded at what great work No5 do.
I’m Nurika, I’m 21, and I became a Young Ambassador in 2014. I’d had a really positive experience of having counselling at No5, and was keen to help promote the service and raise awareness of mental health and emotional wellbeing among other young people in Reading. I also work at No5 as a receptionist, greeting clients and supporting the counsellors with administration.
My name is Jemma and I came to be a young ambassador for No5 through the community work I did through NCS. I love being a part of a charity that really helps people and hope that I can use my enthusiasm to do just that.
I’m Jake, a young ambassador for Number 5. I’ve done this for around 2 months, having been first introduced to the charity by NCS. I do it because of an interest in mental health and Psychology
Hi, I’m Elii, and I’m a Young Ambassador at No5. I chose to be a Young Ambassador because of my interest in changing the attitude towards mental health issues in society in the UK. I am also aspiring to be an Art Therapist, and wished to know more about counselling and therapy for mental health problems.
Hi, I’m Ella and I’m 19. After being introduced to No5 at a talk in Reading college, I was offered a place as a young Ambassador. The opportunity to help other young people with mental health issues was appealing to me because I feel like the community needs more support and recognition. I hope that we can help others the same way we have helped so many young people already.
I’m Tom, I’m 16, and I joined Young Ambassadors because I really care about and wanted to support the work Number 5 is doing. I am very passionate about mental health and want to contribute to this spread of hope and support.
I’m Sanjana and I’m 16 years old. I was introduced to No5 as part of my social action project on NCS. Being a Young Ambassador gives me the opportunity to give back to my community and be part of an incredible charity.
Hi, I’m Limon and I’m 17. I joined No5 and became a young ambassador because I believe that young people should have the freedom of information to enlighten their understanding of mental health/mental illness and understand that they are both separate things. No5 is an organisation that promotes the spread of information and the freedom of access to knowledge for young people. I hope we can raise awareness of the importance of being mentally healthy just as much as we focused on being physically healthy.
Hi, I’m Beth and I’m 17 years old. I became a Young Ambassador because having gone through counselling, I wanted to do what I could to tackle the stigma surrounding it and help support other young people who may be struggling. I’m also interested in studying psychology and wanted to learn more about mental health issues and how to treat them.
Projects they have taken part in include:
- Peer support via talks and workshops within schools and other institutions
- Production of video content to challenge mental health stigma and offer advice to children and young people
- Sharing their experiences in the media
- Contributing content and presentations at our annual AGM
- Developing campaigns aimed at engaging young people in the community
- Assisting in planning and running outreach and fundraising events on behalf of No5
We offer our Young Ambassadors training in active listening skills and an introduction to counselling skills, thereby arming them with robust resources to undertake their role. Furthermore, they are given comprehensive supervision to assist them in safely supporting children and young people in the community.
Want to know more?
If you are interested to find out more about our Young Ambassador scheme, then we are here to talk to you. We are looking for young people who would like to inspire others through their personal experience of counselling, mental health and emotional issues, or passion for these subjects. You’ll need to be:
- Between the age of 16-25. If you are under 16 we will need a parent or guardian to sign our parental permission form
- Confident sharing your story in front of others; as a young ambassador you could be speaking to a large group of fundraisers, your peers or the media so you need to be comfortable in this environment
- Able to communicate in an engaging and inspiring way. A vital part of the role is raising awareness of No5’s work and inspiring people to support us, so you need to be able to get across our messages – we will support you through this process!
- In the right place in your life to be able to share your story. Your well-being should always come first and it’s important that you are aware of how your own experience of mental health issues affects you. You need to know when to ask for support or take a break from volunteering
You can speak to Hayley on 0118 901 5649 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on our Young Ambassador scheme and our outreach projects.
Over 25's counselling
Although No5 is a service for young people, we understand that sometimes it is helpful for other people involved with them to get support too.
No5 is Reading’s service for young people dedicated to providing free confidential counselling and emotional support to anyone between the ages of 11 and 25.