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What is a Health Citizen?

The pandemic has affected everyone in the UK in some way and the Health Citizens Programme aims to help young people in those communities hit hardest by the pandemic.  

 The programme will form a key part of St John’s strategic goal that more young people than ever will be qualified and ready to be active Health Citizens, role models and next generation health professionals.  Funded by the Standard Chartered Foundation, the programme is part of Futuremakers by Standard Chartered, a global initiative to tackle economic inequality.  

 It aims to empower young people who are at the heart of communities to tackle a health-related issues in their local area.  In addition, the project will provide young people with employability skills, self-belief skills, leadership skills and confidence building skills.  

Who can take part?

Anyone between 16-25 years old.   

What does the project involve?

Training and support 

  • Leadership training 
  • Skills training
  • Self-belief and resilience training   

Social action project: 

Each Health Citizen will undertake a social action project of their choice that is in response to a COVID-related health issue in their local area. This could be around loneliness in the elderly or young people, mental health, support for disability groups, community resilience etc. Along with support from mentors and leaders each Health Citizen will recruit their peers to help them put their project into action. Each project will last 3-6 months.

How much of my time will this take?

Currently, due to the pandemic sessions are all online but this will change once restrictions ease across the country. 

Each module of training has a series of videos and activities that can be done at home. Live sessions are run once a week to get together with other young people on the project and the project leaders. These online sessions will become face-to-face in the near future. 

The social action project can be worked on in your own time. Sessions with mentors and leaders will be arranged. The social action project will run between 3-6 months and the training will be undertaken in this period. 

How do I get involved?

email – Health.Citizens@sja.org.uk

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