Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is the Young Women’s Trust Advisory Panel
The Young Women’s Trust Advisory Panel (YWTAP) is a group of young woman aged 16 and 30 who support the charity with its campaigning and influencing projects and also give their views on our services. The panel consists of representation from across England and Wales.
Panel members share their views based on their own experiences to help guide the charity’s work and allow us to understand what it’s like to be a young woman in today’s society.
2. Who can be a member of the YWT Advisory Panel?
Young women who have recent experience of living on low or no pay, who are not in full-time education and have faced challenging life experiences including poverty, inequality and discrimination (e.g. caring responsibilities, disability, mental health, care leaver, low or no qualifications etc.)
3. How can I become a member of the Panel?
It’s really easy to sign up to the Advisory Panel, just go to our website and fill out the form online here: Advisory Panel form
Alternatively you can contact Lydia who is the Participation Manager. Her details are at the end of this document.
4. How long has the Advisory Panel been running for?
The YWTAP has been running since August 2013.
5. How many members are there?
We aim to have a maximum of 30 young women on the panel at any one time.
6. In what ways can the Advisory Panel share their views?
There are lots of ways in which members can share their views and influence our work:
- at weekend residentials (held in May and November)
- at other key meetings, focus groups and conferences in-between residentials
- by becoming a media volunteer (blogging / vlogging / being interview by media etc.)
- through the YWT Lounge, a safe online Facebook group for young women
7. How long is the membership?
The membership is for a maximum of two years or up until your 31st birthday, whichever comes first.
At the end of your membership panel members are encouraged to stay involved with the charity through other opportunities, such as:
- Media volunteering
- Becoming a YWT Champion
- Joining YWT Lounge, and much more
Members who turn 31 will be encouraged to become a YWT Champion where they can continue to campaign for the charity and develop new and exciting fundraising opportunities. Please note that you will not have to pay a membership fee if you have been a panel member.
If a panel member finds that the advisory panel is not for them, that’s okay, they just need to let us know.
8. Where do residentials take place and what about the cost?
Residentials usually take place in central England twice a year. All members who attend these have their travel, accommodation, food and childcare/caring costs (if needed) paid for so they’re not out of pocket.
9. Can members bring someone with them to meetings/Residentials?
If members know of another young women who would like to join then please let us know – we are always willing to recruit new members!
10. What are the benefits of being a member?
There are many benefits to being a member. Some of these include:
- Having the chance to meet young women who have had similar experiences
- Developing new skills such as communication, networking, team work and presentation skills
- Improving personal development such as confidence and self-esteem
- Having the opportunity to shape the services YWT provides
- Having the opportunity to influence key decision / policy makers (such as MPs, local authorities and services) by sharing their experiences about the issues that matter most to them
- On occasion, receiving thank you vouchers to high street stores for attending an event or activity
- Receiving a reference from the charity to include on their CV
- Receiving a thank you letter and a certificate of involvement
11. How do I find out more information?
Contact Lydia Morgan, Participation Manager
Young Women’s Trust
7-8 Newbury Street
Mob: 07788 291 063