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How you can get involved with Unicef UK

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As a young person, you have a right to speak up about the things that are important to you – and for adults to listen and take your views seriously.

At Unicef UK, we’re working to promote young people’s voices through programmes like OutRight and the Youth Advisory Board. Keep reading to find out more about these, and other ways to get involved.

If you keep scrolling down, you’ll find the answers to some of the most common questions we get asked by children and young people.

If you can’t find what you’re looking for,  just get in touch with our Supporter Care team at supportercare@unicef.org.uk or by calling 0300 330 5580 and they’ll point you in the right direction.

 

Stand up for your rights

OutRight is our youth campaigning initiative and it makes sure that children’s voices are at the heart of our public campaigns.

Encourage your school or youth group to join OutRight and they’ll receive free campaigning resources to help influence decision makers at all levels.

By taking part in OutRight this year, you’ll learn about the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the impact its had over the last 30 years and even more importantly, have opportunities to speak up about the child rights issues you think need attention now!

Get involved through OutRight

Children and their families take part in the Unicef UK Action Day: Protecting Children from Toxic Air demonstration by Marble Arch in London, England on March 16, 2019

Start your own campaign

We’ve launched a Youth Advocacy Toolkit to help you!

Youth-led advocacy is when adults enabling children and young people to speak up and help you actively take part in the decisions that affect your lives. This toolkit will give you (as well as Teachers and Youth Workers) the skills and information you need to stand up for what is important to you.

Download the toolkit.

Youth Advisory Board

Our new Youth Advisory Board – eight young people from across the UK, all aged 14 to 18, met for the first time in May 2019. This group is tasked with:

  • Being a voice on children’s rights – on behalf of Unicef UK and other children and young people
  • Providing insight – about what children and young people like and care about, to help Unicef UK develop new ideas
  • Raising awareness – use their networks to help other young people understand our work

Find out more and see updates about the group’s work here!

Questions about working with Unicef UK

How can I get involved with Unicef UK's work?

To support Unicef’s work for children around the world you could organise a fundraising event. There is lots of information about fundraising for Unicef, including ideas for different events, on our website. You can also fundraise in your school or through a university society.

Are you interested in campaigning? Your school or youth group can sign up through our website to receive free resources to stand up for clean air with our OutRight campaign. If you are over 18, you might think about becoming a Unicef Children’s Champion.

 

I'm interested in volunteering for Unicef UK

You can read more about how to volunteer with us on our website, for example by campaigning and fundraising for our work with children, or even by cheering on fundraisers at our events.

We don’t send volunteers overseas from the UK and can’t offer financial support to individuals who have a trip planned.

Can I do work experience with Unicef UK?

We don’t offer work experience at the moment, but you can still be part of Unicef UK’s work by campaigning with us and fundraising for our work with children.

Can I do an internship with Unicef UK?

We don’t offer any internship opportunities in our office currently, because we don’t have the staff capacity to host interns. If we ever do have any opportunities of this nature these will be advertised on our jobs page.

Are there any opportunities for me to get involved with Unicef internationally?

Unicef’s Voices of Youth is a brilliant global platform where young people can share inspiring stories and opinions, which may be of interest to you. Anybody is welcome to write, film, comment and engage in discussions. Take a look!

Questions about campaigning or fundraising for Unicef UK

I want to fundraise for Unicef UK

Lots of information about how to fundraise for Unicef UK can be found on our website, where you can register your event and order materials. Here are some ideas for ways to fundraise at your school, or you can set up an online fundraising page here.

I want to campaign for Unicef UK

Campaigning for Unicef gives you the opportunity to sign petitions or send letters/emails to your MP to make changes for children. There is no commitment for you to take action but the more people who do the more our voices can be heard.

 

Every year Unicef UK runs a campaign called OutRight through schools and youth groups, focusing on children’s rights. Your school or youth group can sign up to receive a free resource pack through our website.

If you are over 18, you might think about becoming a Unicef Children’s Champion. More information about that can be found here.

Can my school or youth group get involved with Unicef UK?

Absolutely! Your school or youth group can support Unicef UK by hosting a fundraising event. There are lots of different event ideas on our website. Your school could join the Soccer Aid Playground Challenge, which takes place on the 14 June 2019, or our #BakeForSyria campaign.

Every year Unicef UK runs a campaign called OutRight through schools and youth groups, focusing on children’s rights. Your school or youth group can sign up to receive a free resource pack through our website.

Your school may also be interested in working towards our Rights Respecting Schools Award, which supports schools to put child rights at the heart of daily school life.

I'm attending University - what can I get involved with?

You may be interested in joining or setting up a Unicef On Campus society.

On Campus Societies are a vital part of Unicef’s work and a fun and rewarding way to get involved. It’s also a great way to meet new people, enhance your CV and encourage team building.

Through campaigning and fundraising, you support us in our efforts to protect children in danger, transform their lives and build a better and safer world for tomorrow’s children. More information about how to do this can be found here.

How can Unicef UK help me?

Can Unicef UK help with my coursework?

We can’t offer interviews to students or respond to survey questions due to time limitations, but you can find lots of useful information about our work on our website.

If you want to learn more about what life is like in different countries around the world, the Unicef Data website has information on issues, such as child health, nutrition, education and gender equality. Just use the drop-down menu ‘data by topic and country’ to select the area you are interested in.

Check out our Unicef UK YouTube channel for lots of videos showing different areas of our work – just search by theme or country.

You can also find out more about our work by following our social media accounts on Twitter and Instagram.

I'm working on a design project for a developing country - can Unicef UK help?

Innovation is vital to improving the state of the world’s children. The speed at which global problems – from disease outbreaks, to the global refugee crisis, to millions of out-of-school children – disrupt the lives of children around the world is only getting faster. Unicef innovates in order to stay agile and find solutions to the evolving challenges affecting all children.

Our website on Innovation at Unicef may provide some inspiration for your project. See some of Unicef’s product innovations here, for example last year Unicef delivered vaccines to remote areas using drones!

Through its Supply Division, Unicef procures and supplies over 5,000 products to address the needs of children. Discover more

If you’re interested in learning about a specific issue in a developing country you can visit the Unicef Data website and use the drop-down menu ‘data by topic and country’ to select the area you are interested in.

Can Unicef UK help me fund my studies?

Unicef works in the UK, to change attitudes and win support for children and children’s rights worldwide by campaigning on UK and international children’s issues, working with partners in local organisations, schools, hospitals and business, and raising money to support Unicef’s programmes internationally.

We are unable to give support to individuals. Each Unicef country office, in consultation with the government of the country, decides how available funds are spent.

Apart from contacting your University directly regarding opportunities for funding, another avenue would be to apply for an international scholarship program. Here’s a list of scholarships for international students, some of which you may be eligible for

I want to learn more about Unicef's work in a particular country, how can I do this?

Unicef works in over 190 countries around the world! Visit our global website to see a list of countries and learn more about work in specific countries.

Can Unicef UK put me in touch with an Ambassador?

Our Ambassadors and celebrity supporters receive a high level of requests for meetings through Unicef, and as such, we cannot arrange meetings with individuals.

Their presence is prioritised for events that can either reach a high number of influential people or that can guarantee a substantial amount of funds for Unicef, or in a media campaign that will achieve UK-wide coverage.

In addition, Ambassadors and celebrity supporters are engaged with us on many projects. They also have their own work and personal commitments, and are frequently out of the country travelling.

We can forward correspondence on to our Ambassadors Team if you wish to contact a particular Ambassador, but, because our Ambassadors receive a high level of requests through us, we cannot guarantee a response.

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