The Rollercoaster Project

Welcome to Let’s Talk About Loss, a safe space to talk through taboos and address the reality of losing someone close to you when you are young. We run meet ups for 18-35 year olds, but we know that to help us reach our charitable goals we need to be able to promote our services to those who will be on the lookout for bereavement support as they enter adulthood. 16 and 17 year olds are the subject matter experts who we will consult and provide information to in order to aid the transition into adulthood. For that reason, we are bringing together a group of young people aged 16-20 across the UK who have experienced the loss of someone close to them and are motivated to make positive change. Read on to find out more information and for full details of how to apply.

What is the Rollercoaster Project?

The Rollercoaster Project is set up to ensure that all young people can find the right grief support, whatever their age. We know that when people turn 18, many children’s grief groups end, and it’s a big jump to adult grief services. The Rollercoaster Project acknowledges the rollercoaster of emotions within grief, and will make sure that young people can find the right grief support, whatever their age.

You can get involved!

We are delighted that you would like to apply for our brand new Youth Board. Here’s the link to the application form – and keep reading for all the information you need before you fill it in!

Overall purpose

We are bringing together a group of young people aged 16-20 across the UK who have experienced the loss of someone close to them. This group will look at what bereavement support is out there and put together what is needed to best support other young people with the transition from child to adult services. Optionally, members of the group may decide to speak publicly and lead a social media campaign, with the aim of breaking down taboos about loss.

Is this the right role for you?

You may come from any walk of life but what links you to this purpose is an experience that not everyone your age has gone through. It may have been a close family member or friend that you’ve lost, and it could have been when you were younger or more recently. You might have had lots of support through that time or very little. Whatever your experiences of bereavement, you’re now motivated to use it to improve things for other young people who’ll go through similar things. You’ll be willing to participate in discussions and work as a team, plus show commitment to this long-term project.

Please note: Participation in this group will involve discussions about death and bereavement. Joining is completely voluntary so please do consider your application carefully, especially if your loss is recent.

Commitment

Several hours per month during 2021 and 2022, starting around April 2021. There will be around 6 board meetings in 2021, either virtually or in-person. What the project looks like in 2022 is to be decided by the board themselves.

DEADLINE

Deadline: Please complete the application form by 23:59 on Sunday 28th March 2021. Applications submitted after this time will not be considered.

Benefits

– Have your say to improve youth bereavement services
– Help support other young people
– Meet others who understand and have been through something similar
– Experience for your CV or UCAS
– Develop social media campaign and public speaking skills
– All travel expenses covered

Process

After you submit your application, Jess our Project Lead will be in touch. Everyone will be told whether they’ve been successful or not as soon as possible after the deadline.

You cannot save this form mid-way through so please make sure you allow at least 10 minutes to complete it. Remember, you’ve got until 23:59 on Sunday 28th March to complete the form.

How we're paying for this project

This project, entitled The Rollercoaster Project, has been funded as part of the #iwill campaign, a collective effort involving over 900 partners from across the public, voluntary, education and business sectors with a vision to make meaningful social action part of life for 10- to 20-year olds, wherever they live and whatever their background. The principal funding partners are the National Lottery, DCMS and the Co-op Foundation.

Want to work with us on this project?

We’d love to hear from organisations currently supporting 16 – 20 year olds through grief. We’re adamant that we want to fill gaps and create new resources, rather than replicating existing amazing work. Get in touch with us to tell us more about the work your charity or organisation does, and we’d love to work with you.