St Christopher’s Young Changemakers

Focus on Changing End of Life Experiences: A programme for young people

St Christopher's CARE

Event overview

  • 08 Jul, 2024
    July 8-12
  • 5 days
  • 9.30am-4pm
  • Young Changemakers is a free opportunity. We will cover travel expenses, as well as providing breakfast and lunch.
  • CARE, St Christopher's Hospice, 51-9 Lawrie Park Road, London, SE26 6DZ

More information

For more information and how to apply, please contact us

Are you interested in learning more about health, social and palliative care, and creating social change in your community?

A group of young people talking together

Young Changemakers is a summer school and leadership development programme for 16-18-year olds who are interested in helping in their community to support others and create change.

Over the course of 5 days we’ll think about how communities support and care for one another, particularly through difficult experiences.

You’ll meet and learn from people making change in their community. You’ll also have the opportunity to meet health and social care professionals, and to develop skills and approaches that will be useful in future careers and across your life.

You can apply for a five-day summer school programme or a year-long opportunity. 

The summer school will be based at St Christopher’s Hospice in Sydenham, with one day spent in the community.  

The year-long opportunity includes the five-day programme, as well as four additional workshops across the year, and online mentoring opportunities.  

Activities will include: 

  • Carousel: 1-1 discussions with palliative care professionals.  
  • Treasure Hunt tour of the hospice 
  • Day out in the community: visiting local charities and groups involved in community care.  
  • Co-production group project: creating a social change campaign. 
  • Young changemakers funeral: reflecting on the legacy of our week. 

Year-long programme includes the above and also:

  • Monthly one-hour peer mentoring sessions in the evening
  • Three weekend day sessions between October 2024 and March 2025
  • A celebration event in June 2025

You will learn about: 

  • Self-care and resilience: how caring for ourselves helps us care for others. 
  • Communication skills: how to talk about important topics like death and grief.  
  • Health, social and palliative care systems and the people who make them work.  
  • The importance of diverse communities, activism, community leadership, and the crucial role of young people in the future of health and social care.  
  • Leadership skills: what does good leadership look like today? 

 Young Changemakers provides a perfect opportunity to develop your skills and knowledge through an exciting and interactive programme, while meeting new people and gaining experience. As a Young Changemaker, you can: 

  • Build your communication, teamworking and leadership skills for your future careers. 
  • Grow your knowledge of community approaches to health, social care, and changemaking. 
  • Meet other young people from across South East London, developing a community network of peers interested in social change.  
  • Meet and learn from professionals in palliative, health and social care, as well as community leaders making change in their communities. 

Anyone between the ages of 16-18-years-old can apply to both the summer school and year-long leadership programme.  

Young Changemakers is a free opportunity. Travel expenses will be covered, and breakfast and lunch will be provided each day. 

We particularly welcome applications from those who may otherwise be unable to access these kinds of opportunities. 

Please note that preference will be given to those who live or learn in the five London boroughs we serve: Lewisham, Croydon, Bromley, Lambeth and Southwark. 

More information

For more information and how to apply, please contact us

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Why our education programme?

We have a well-established programme of high quality, cutting-edge, specialist palliative care education, designed for those working in the UK and internationally.

Why St Christopher’s?

Education is at the heart of St Christopher’s mission to promote and provide hospice care of the highest standards.

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