Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Young Women’s Advisory Panel?
The Young Women's Advisory Panel is a group of 30 young women, aged 18–30, from across England and Wales.
The panel join workshops, discussions, training and attend our residential weekends twice a year.
The Advisory Panel gives power to you. Young women are at the heart of the work that the Young Women’s Trust do – leading, designing and campaigning based on your own experiences of living on low or pay.
Who can be a member of the 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.)
How long has the Advisory Panel been running for?
The panel has been running since August 2013.
How many members are there?
We aim to have a maximum of 30 young women on the panel at any one time.
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
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.
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.
Can members bring someone with them to meetings/residentials?
If members would like someone to join them at meetings and events we are always happy to discuss this.
What are the benefits of being a member?
There are many benefits to being a member of the panel. 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
- Personal development
- 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
What information do I have to give you – and why?
You will need to share some basic information with us: your name, age, employment status, ethnicity, education, contact details and postcode. This is so that we know you are from the audience that the Advisory Panel is designed for.
We will store your information securely and won’t share your details with anyone outside of Young Women’s Trust. All data is kept securely and in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). You can read more about what we do with your data in our Participation Privacy Notice. If you would like to see the information we have collected about you, or you would like us to delete it, please see our Access Request form which you can email to us firstname.lastname@example.org
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