Want a new, creative challenge?
Shout Out Leeds are currently recruiting new volunteers, writes Naomi Barrow, Shout Out Volunteer.
We’re a small bunch of committed volunteers who campaign to improve young people’s mental health in Leeds and surrounding areas. We’re very friendly and are excited to welcome new people to our supportive team.
In the past we’ve done a range of projects, including:
- Going into schools encouraging young people to be open about their mental health
- Creating a giant maze and an animation with Leeds Beckett art students
- Challenging commissioners to put more money into young people’s mental health services
- Sharing our own personal journeys with an audience at West Yorkshire Playhouse
We are heavily volunteer-lead and have a brilliant team behind us at Space2, who support us to develop as volunteers, mental health campaigners, and young people.
Our volunteers come from a range of backgrounds, some are in school, some are in university, some are at work and others are taking some time out to get their mental health back on track. Some volunteers live with their parents, others have moved out and have their own children, and one or two are still attempting working out this ‘adult’ thing. We come from all economic and cultural backgrounds which we love, because it makes our little team rich in different experiences.
One volunteer said: “Since joining Shout Out Leeds back in 2014, I have being part of trying to end the stigma [surrounding] mental health. Along the way I have met some great people and made some fantastic friends…”
If you’re reading this and thinking ‘I’d love to volunteer but…’, please drop us an email or give us a call to talk through your thoughts, we can almost guarantee at least one of our volunteers will have felt similarly in the past!
If you’re reading this and it sounds right up your street – fantastic! Please drop us a line.