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Body Confidence Mentor Volunteer
Are you conscious of the damaging and consistent negative attitudes to body image? Are you tired of the mixed messages around what we’re supposed to look like? Are you fed up of social media normalising unrealistic body types? If you would like to have a role in changing these negatives into positives and help build up body confidence and self-esteem within teenagers, then look no further.
This exciting opportunity will see you, as part of a team of volunteers; go into schools to deliver workshops to teenagers exploring topics around body confidence and self-esteem. These workshops will be designed by the team, giving you a chance to get creative to promote positive attitudes towards body image. You will also explore self-care methods and deliver these techniques to young people which they can use after the sessions. By doing this, you will have a long-lasting impact on the wellbeing of young people. Sessions will give you a chance to chat with teenagers in small groups, building up discussions and debates around the topics.
You will be enthusiastic in encouraging young people to take part in a supportive environment. You will be at the forefront of demonstrating to young people that one size does not fit all, and that there are more important aspects to an individual than looks and body size. You will help to bring out confidence in teenagers and help them find what’s really unique about them, showing them that everyone is remarkable.
Benefits to others
Teach local teenagers about the importance of body confidence and self-esteem, and how social media and other pressures can have an impact. Help to contribute and have a lasting impression on positive attitudes towards body image and increased self-esteem in young people and knowledge of self-care strategies.
The local schools are well connected by public transport. Any travel costs to Volunteers will be reimbursed. The Schools are wheelchair accessible with wheelchair access to each floor.
Hours per week
No previous experience of providing workshops or working with young people is needed. You will receive Safeguarding and session planning training. You will also be eligible for a variety of free training provided by our skills and development team.
Benefits to self
Gain skills in a teaching environment; develop skills such as presenting, session planning, and team work. You will be part of a supportive and enthusiastic group of volunteers and meet like minded people who share your passion to change negative perceptions. You will also have the chance to develop your confidence, working with teenagers and watching a young person’s confidence grow through the sessions.
No skills are required for this role, but it would be beneficial for you to want to work with young people and have an interest and enthusiasm in promoting body image and self-esteem.
All travel expense will be reimbursed by Sheffield Hallam Student’s Union