New mental health peer-led programme: Youth Researchers wanted!

15th February 2024

In Our Own Words takes a peer-led approach, training young people with lived experiences to conduct research about other young people in their community. The projects will focus on understanding the experiences and perceptions of mental health, wellbeing and the associated services for young people in Surrey.

This opportunity is open to neurodivergent young people and young carers (aged 14-18, or up to 25 for those who are disabled or have an additional educational need) who will be supported to design and lead their own research project relating to young people’s mental health!

Taking place March-October 2024, youth researchers will be taught social research skills, receiving professional training from Surrey University. They will choose a topic that interests them, design and lead research projects and share their learnings across the council and organisations across Surrey to influence change and shape future service development.

No previous knowledge is required – just a desire to share the experiences of young people in Surrey!

You will be paid for your time in vouchers.

The project is a collaboration between Surrey County Council’s User Voice & Participation Team, MindWorks Surrey, Surrey Youth Focus, Surrey University and Healthwatch Surrey.

Further information: In Our Own Words 2024 programme information

A young person/their parent/carer will need to complete a short application form. The deadline for applications is Tuesday 5th March at 6pm.

If you’d like to find out more information or need any further accessibility adjustments for a young person you support, please contact Lucy from the User Voice and Participation team:  or visit the project webpage