Young Women’s Advisory Panel

What is the Advisory Panel

The Young Women’s Advisory Panel is a group of 30 women aged 18 to 30 from across England and Wales. The panel gives power to young women. They are at the center of Young Women’s Trust: leading, designing and participating.

The panel join events, training and they connect at a residential weekend twice a year.

Each young woman can be a member of the panel for 2 years, giving them a chance to form lasting friendships with the group.

They guide the work that Young Women’s Trust does by taking part in discussions, interviewing new staff, talking to the media and writing for our blog.

Who is part of the panel

The panel welcomes women with experience of living on low or no pay or those who are not in full time education. This could mean being unemployed, in low paid work or insecure work.

Women on the panel might also be young mums, having caring responsibilities, not have many qualifications, be a care leaver, disabled or experiencing mental health issues. They might have experienced other barriers to work, for example sexual harassment, substance abuse, violence or have experience of the criminal justice system.

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Meet Shanice

Being on the panel has been the first step for me in creating a life where I am in control, my voice is heard and I am becoming a strong role model for my daughter to look up to.
I am passionate about making a change and speaking up about issues that need to be spoken about. It is a privilege to be in a position where my voice and opinion matter.
Being on the Advisory Panel has given me the opportunity to do this and more. To build my own skill set and confidence but to also help other women build theirs, as a sisterhood.

Benefits of being on the panel

The panel members are offered different opportunities each month and they can choose which ones they get involved in.

Opportunities include

  • Meet twice a year at residential weekends
  • Contribute to workshops and meetings about the charity’s work
  • Training on public speaking, campaigning and social media
  • Join events to campaign for change
  • Write blogs to share experiences
  • Interview new members of staff
  • Meet MPs and decision makers
  • Network and make new friends

On occasion, panel members can receive payments and/or thank you vouchers to high street stores for getting involved.

Panel members get a reference and a certificate from Young Women’s Trust.

To keep everyone safe, all our events are online at the moment. We can provide panel members with technology and internet access to take part online if needed.

When we can meet in person again we pay for travel, accommodation, meals and childcare for the activities panel members want to take part in.

Chat to us about the panel

You can chat to Eleanor from our Participation team about the panel.

WhatsApp or text 0781 608 6760
Phone 020 7837 2019

More ways to get support and get involved

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Campaign with us

Together we can campaign for a fairer working future for young women.