The Aplastic Anaemia Trust is looking for young people with experience of aplastic anaemia to join our youth board.

This is a voluntary opportunity to gain insider knowledge of how a small charity works, add something impressive to your CV, and champion the needs of young people affected by aplastic anaemia within our organisation – so we can be better at supporting our community.

What's the commitment level?

You don't need lots of free time to join the Youth Board - you just need to attend four Youth Board meetings and six youth forum meetings per year (less than one meeting per month.) Meetings take place in the early evening. 

If you're interested in gaining extra experience, you can apply for an additional role or opt in for training on charity governance

Could you be a member of the Youth Board?

To apply you will need to:

  • Be aged 16-25
  • Have lived experience of aplastic anaemia. We welcome a variety of experiences: you may be going through aplastic anaemia treatment, be on a watch and wait pathway, or have received treatment when you were younger. Or you may have supported a sibling or a parent when they were diagnosed.
  • Be available to attend four Youth Board meetings a year.
  • Commit to regularly attending our informal Youth Forum meetings, which happen once every two months, to connect with other young people affected by aplastic anaemia.
  • Respond to occasional communications from fellow board members and members of the AAT team. 
  • Have an interest in advocacy, improving healthcare and/or supporting people affected by a rare disease to live healthy and happy lives.

This commitment will of course be completely flexible around your aplastic anaemia treatment. You will also be able to take breaks whenever you don’t feel up to being involved.

You do not need any prior experience to be on our Youth Board, professional or otherwise!
We welcome applications from people who are already involved with our charity and from those who have never contacted us before. 

Find out more

To find out more, please download and read this pack:

Read the Youth Board Recruitment pack

How to apply

Fill in this application form before midnight on 22 May 2022:

Apply now

We will be in touch on 23 May to let you know if you have been successful. The first meeting of the Youth Board will take place at 6pm on Monday 23 May so please keep this date free.

Got questions?

Whatever your question, big or small, we would love to have a chat with you about this exciting new opportunity. Get in touch with Ellie Dawes (Head of Fundraising and Comms) [email protected] 07956237939