Do you want to have a voice on what matters to young people in Northern Ireland?

If the answer is yes, then our Young People in the Lead team in Northern Ireland, might be perfect for you

We want to recruit a team of six to eight young people aged from 16 to 25 from across Northern Ireland to shape how National Lottery money will be used to support children, young people and communities in the future.

Young People from the FACT project.

Over the last four years we have worked with a group of young people who have voiced their opinions and used their experiences to help us distribute more than £20million of grants which are making a difference to young people across Northern Ireland.

Our group included young people with learning disabilities, ADHD, dyslexia, physical disabilities and sensory impairments, young carers, young parents, care leavers, and young people who had run-ins with the police.

Our current team are stepping down but before they go, one of the young people, Anita Dennison, 25, from Newry, wants to encourage other young people to consider applying to be part of our new Young People in the Lead (YPIL) group.

Here is what Anita wants you to know about her experiences

“I was 21 when I first joined a group of young people at The National Lottery Community Fund. I believe in taking action to make the future of young people better, so this group was a perfect fit for me. 

Anita Dennison

“Being on the panel was a great experience and I met a really great, diverse bunch of young people from across Northern Ireland that I wouldn’t have otherwise been connected to. I learnt new skills and my confidence and knowledge really improved as well.

“I really felt part of the funding process – it wasn’t just tokenistic to have young people there – we were listened to, and we were part of the reason why decisions were made for the greater good of young people.”

Read more about Anita’s experiences here.

What do the Young People in the Lead team do?

We are looking for young people who can be influencers, advocates, researchers and decision makers and bring their experience and their voice into our grant making as part of our new YPIL team. We need young people who can work together as a team, who have good communication skills, who can represent others, who are involved in their community, or want to be involved in their community, and help them thrive.

The role will involve a commitment of around eight hours per month, including attendance of YPIL group meetings, training and decision meetings. Your time will be remunerated, and all travel and expenses will be paid for. An in-depth induction and regular training will be provided.

For more information on the role please download the YPIL Role Description below.

How to apply

If you are interested in joining our Young People in the Lead team in Northern Ireland, we would love to hear from you. In a maximum of 400 words, or in a short video, please provide answers to the following questions and send to:

Young person from Lagmore Community Development Partnership
  • What issue in society are you most passionate about and why?
  • What skills, experience and knowledge do you have that you think are most relevant to being a Young Person in the Lead?
  • Tell us about a community project you would like to create [or are already part of] that will have a positive change in your community/wider society?

The deadline for this application is 15 November 2021. We would hope to inform you of our shortlisting decision within two weeks and invite shortlisted candidates for a chat in December 2021 with the aim of successful applicants starting in January 2022.

If you have any questions about applying please ring 028 9055 1455 or email

For more information on The National Lottery Community Fund please visit our website.

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