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Apply to join our young person's website design team

For Young People

 

Apply to take part in Become’s Website Design Team 2021

 

Become invite you to apply to be in the national design team for the new Become website. You’ll be working with creative agencies Effervescent and Venn Creative.

 

Become is the national charity for children in care and care leavers and our website is where we tell the world about what we do. It is also where young people in care and care leavers turn to when they need help. We’re looking for young people aged 13 to 26 to volunteer to work with professional creative specialists and to build a website for care-experienced young people, by care-experienced young people.

 

The young people involved will help to create an exciting and welcoming website that helps our charity to reach more children in care and care leavers who need support.

 

Why are we doing this?

We want the Become website to feel welcoming and helpful to care-experienced young people. But right now, it feels very formal and cold. We want to change that. We believe the best way to make that happen is to believe in and support care-experienced young people to design a website that works for them.

 

What will we do?

To begin with, we will work together every day for five days during school Summer holidays.

 

Monday 23rd to Friday 27th August 2021 from 10am to 3.30pm

 

You will need to be available every day from 10am to 3.30pm (we’ll have a couple of breaks!) In total we’re aiming to have twenty of us in the team: eight digital and creative professionals, and 12 young people aged 13 – 26.

 

We’ll be working online, so that people from all over the country can take part. It will be a mixture of thinking and researching, combined with being quite playful and experimenting with creative ideas together. It’s a group effort where everyone is helped to feel confident and to take part fully:  this is a place where you can be yourself.

 

After August we will stay in touch, and continue to refine the idea, leading up to the Spring 2022 new website launch.

 

I’m quite shy - can I still take part?

Absolutely.  Everyone will help each other during the week. We’ll also do lots of creative activities, which are designed to build your confidence and help you get to know each other.

 

What will the new website look like?

We don’t know! We are excited to work with the young website design team to develop creative ideas. You can see some of our stuff on our Instagram, it will be up to the new team of creative young people to shape the new website. We want the Become website to be for care-experienced young people, made by care-experienced young people. So whether that makes it bold and bright, full of images, or more simple, that’s up to the team. We will find out together.

 

Where?

Online in August.  (Don’t worry – we are very good at making this stuff fun)

 

You will need a computer or iPad, and reliable WiFi, to take part. If you don’t have those things, don’t worry – if you get offered a place on the team, we will check whether you need us to loan you some kit. Later in the year, if lockdown continues to relax, it’s possible that we might meet in person to start creating the website. We will organise travel if that happens.

 

Here’s what two of Effervescent’s past participants thought about working online:

 

“At first, I thought that it would have been really difficult working on Zoom, but… I loved meeting everyone in the team, getting to know everyone’s story and their silly sides.”

 

“Due to COVID we did it over Zoom. And I thought; no way, it won’t have any creative energy. But actually, it really did – it was literally like being in the same room; everyone bonded together in this magical way.”

 

Do I have to pay?

No – you’re a volunteer: we don’t expect you to pay for anything, and we will send you some treats to help you get involved in the online sessions. We will also pay you the London Living Wage (£10.85) or equivalent per hour for your time. This can also come in the form of supermarket vouchers if you prefer.

 

Later on, if we ask you to travel (for example, to take part in some photography for the new website design), we will pay your accommodation and travel costs.

 

Do I need to have done this before?

No! You just need to be enthusiastic and have an interest in things like websites, social media, art, design, advertising, creative writing, politics, charity, or organising creative campaigns and events.

 

What will I get out of it?

First of all, we hope you’ll have a great time! You’ll meet new people from other areas with shared experiences and work together to create something amazing. We also want to help you to learn some new skills that could help your chosen career in things like marketing, project management, design, campaigning and digital. We will make sure you get credit you deserve for the amazing work you do.

 

Of course, you will be paid too. Our participants will be paid London Living Wage (£10.85) or equivalent for their time. If you prefer, we can also send you vouchers instead of cash payment.

 

Here are some of the things young people said about previous Effervescent projects

 

It has been so much fun making new friends and having new experiences under my belt. I’ve just got an Arts Award, thanks to this process. It has helped me so much creatively.” – Finn, 12

 

“Taking part in the campaign has boosted my public speaking skills and even added more skills and more knowledge in certain areas like making music or recording audio. Working with professionals was the most amazing experience.” – Elorm, 15

 

“I loved being part of Lonely Not Alone.  Very few young people get an opportunity to discuss a topic they feel passionate about in such depth – being in a space for seven days, discussing and tacking this subject for a long time was really enriching.” – Harry, 20.

 

How to get involved

 

Please complete our application form by 9am on Tuesday 10th August 2021.

 

We can only work with twelve care-experienced young people aged 13 – 26 across England on this project.  We want to get a wonderful balance of different people with different experiences and different lives.

 

If your application is selected, we’ll let you know by 5pm on Tuesday 10th August. We will then ask you to complete a referral form and sign permission forms. If you’re under 18, these will need to be completed by a trusted adult (this might be your carer, teacher, key worker, social worker or personal advisor, etc) who can tell us more about you and help us make sure this is the right project for you.

 

If your application doesn’t get through, we’ll let you know.  If you don’t get invited to take part, it will be because we had to balance the group in terms of ages, backgrounds, experiences, etc. But the good news is there are lots of other ways to get involved in Become’s work which we will let you know about. If you’d like a chat before completing the form, you can call Milly, Digital Communications Officer at Become on 07951155397 or email amelia.whyman@becomecharity.org.uk

 

How we treat information from the application to take part

 

Become is a registered charity. We understand the value we all put on our personal data, which is why we’re careful to protect the information we hold and keep check to ensure we only hold the data we need. Our full privacy statement is here. If you have any questions or concerns about how Become uses and processes your information, please never hesitate to contact us at mailbox@becomecharity.org.uk