OPPORTUNITY: Volunteer on the Public Health Scotland Young People's Panel

Young Scot Hive (#YSHive) is looking for young people from across Scotland to be part of the Public Health Scotland Young People’s Panel. You will work together to shape Public Health Scotland’s mental health priorities to support children and young people. Public Health Scotland is Scotland’s lead national agency for improving and protecting the health and wellbeing of all of Scotland’s people.

Project information

🎂 11 to 18 year olds
📅 From October to December 2021
 All over Scotland

This project will run online over Zoom, however, you don't need a Zoom account to participate.

About the Public Health Scotland Young People’s Panel

On this #YSHive project, the panel will form a group of young people to gain a deeper understanding of Public Health Scotland and support the organisation in developing their mental health programme. Through various online activities, you will review and challenge how decisions are made at Public Health Scotland and help influence the way the organisation works with young people across Scotland.

You will be fully supported by Young Scot staff throughout the project. No experience or knowledge of Public Health Scotland is required as you will be guided by Young Scot in everything you need to know.

What will the Public Health Scotland Young People’s Panel do?

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this project will take place online for the foreseeable future until we can fully review returning to face to face meetings. However, we understand getting online can be difficult, so please still apply if you have limited access as we can support you with alternative arrangements.    

You will attend sessions between October and December, where you will work with Young Scot and Public Health Scotland staff to explore the things that influence young people’s mental health and identify actions needed to support young people. By participating in these sessions, you will be actively shaping Public Health Scotland’s mental health programme.

As a #YSHive volunteer you will sometimes be invited to join extra workshops and activities with Young Scot on different topics, but these are optional.  

Volunteering with Young Scot

Joining the Public Health Scotland Young People’s Panel means you will be joining a supportive and inclusive team, with opportunities to learn a range of skills, take part in training, and develop confidence in yourself.

A dedicated Young Scot staff member will support you throughout your volunteering experience.  

We are happy to make reasonable adjustments to enable all young people to take part, and there will be an opportunity when you apply to tell us about any support or adjustments you need to contribute fully.  

We will ensure we are a safe and trusted place for you to volunteer. We do not accept any form of discrimination or prejudice to anyone on our volunteering projects based on your life experience, background, culture, or identity. This includes age, disability, gender identity, parenting and caring responsibilities, race, religion or belief, sex, and sexual orientation.

Sign up

If you would like to be part of the Public Health Scotland Young People’s Panel then you can apply online via Alchemer.

Apply to volunteer on the Public Health Scotland Young People's Panel

This application form is also available to download as a Microsoft Word document and we will also accept verbal applications made using video or voice recording over the phone. We’re happy to make reasonable adjustments and provide other additional support to help you apply. Please contact YSHive@young.scot to arrange this. 

Applications close Sunday 26th September 2021.

Next steps 

After you’ve applied we will invite you along to a Selection Session on Wednesday 29th Sept 5-7pm. There will also be a Taster Workshop on Zoom on Tuesday 5th Oct 5-6.30pm. This is to give you a taste of what volunteering with #YSHive might be like, and for us to meet you.

If you can’t attend, we can arrange a separate phone or video call with you.  

Selected applicants will then be invited to a kick off session on the morning of Wednesday 6th October.


Email us on YSHive@young.scot if you have any questions or would like to know more about the panel - we're happy to help! 

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