Become a Rights Advocate for Our Minds Our Future

Are you aged 16-25? Fed up of the mental health system failing to meet young people’s needs?
Raise your voice as a Rights Advocate for Our Minds Our Future.

Our Minds Our Future is a campaign led by young people fighting for a mental health system that meets your rights.

Make Our Rights Reality trains teams of young people as ‘Rights Advocates’ to know their rights in the mental health system, so they can lead the campaign in their local area.

Could you be one?

The role can fit around your other commitments and can help you build skills and experience. As well as the training we offer, you’ll be part of a local team and a national network of young people campaigning on the same issue, so you’ll always have support.

How does it work?

  • Sign up as a Rights Advocate – Scroll down to see the roles and submit your application
  • Get trained in key campaigning skills – your local Rights Advocate team will get a training to develop a local campaign plan, then you’ll each get trained in a ‘Local Lead’ role (see roles below and initial training dates here.)
  • Build local support – get more young people involved through meetings, events, social media and online actions
  • Demand change – use your creativity to put pressure on local decision makers. Whether it’s through events, writing letters, petitions or something else, make sure the people in power in your local area are listening to young voices and meeting your rights.

Right now, we’re building new Rights Advocate teams in Manchester, Leeds, Bath and Southampton. Every team needs four leaders – in strategy, communications, events and fundraising. MORR gives special training to build each leader’s skills and support your team’s campaign.

To become a Rights Advocate in Manchester, Leeds, Bath or Southampton – follow these steps:

  1. Pick a role – scroll down to start exploring the Local Lead roles
  2. Book a phone call to chat over the role – pick a time here put the time in your diary and don’t forget!
  3. Do the paperwork – we’ll need ID and under 18s need consent from a guardian
  4. Get trained – training is by video link. You must be available on the dates set for your role – check them here first.

If you’d like to discuss the Rights Advocate role in a bit more detail with a member of the Make Our Rights Reality team, you can email kahra@youthaccess.org.uk or use this Doodle calendar to book a time for us to give you a call.

Ready to start leading?

Step 1 – pick a role

Strategy Lead

Keep your team on track. Build on your project management skills as you support your team to develop a hard hitting local campaign strategy. Click to read more.

Communications Lead

Get your voices heard. Whether it’s through photos, blogs, design or film - use your creative skills to promote your team’s activities locally and nationally. Click to read more.

Events Lead

Bring people together to bring them on board. Build on your skills in events and project management to create events that get people excited about Our Minds Our Future. Click to read more.

Fundraising Lead

Keep the funds flowing. Make sure your team’s plans can take shape, by planning activities and online actions to raise money and helping your team stick to budget. Click to read more.