Volunteer youth advocates

Volunteer youth advocates

Volunteer as a youth advocate with Jigsaw

Jigsaw Youth Advocates are volunteers who support us in our goal of achieving better mental health outcomes for young people. 

Youth advocates create understanding, raise awareness of and promote youth mental health within their own community. They are also a key element of the youth voice and engagement approach within Jigsaw.


Why become a Youth Advocate?

Being a Jigsaw Youth Advocate provides lots of exciting and interesting opportunities to support us in achieving better mental health outcomes for young people in your community by:

  • delivering mental health promotion programmes
  • facilitating youth voice and engagement within your own community
  • promoting youth mental health
  • taking part in project groups related to our work in research and evaluation, communications, mental health promotion, and fundraising
  • contributing to Jigsaw.ie and helping to develop resources for young people and their parents/guardians
  • being part of the interview process for new staff
  • attending training related to support your own growth and development
  • raising awareness and reducing stigma relating to mental health.
Dylan Youth Advisory Member from Limerick

"I’m very passionate about youth mental health"

I volunteer because I’m very passionate about youth mental health and wanted to be a part of the conversation in that respect. Dylan Murphy, Limerick

Read more about Dylan
What skills, qualities or experience do I need?


  • Passion for youth mental health
  • Commitment with the ability to attend agreed meetings
  • Communication skills to listen and share ideas
  • Teamwork and enjoy working collaboratively
  • Respect for others and able to work as part of a diverse group.


  • Creativity
  • Planning and organisational skills
  • Understanding of youth mental health issues
  • Awareness of their local community
  • Facilitation skills.

How you will be supported in your role


A designated Youth and Community Engagement Worker to support you in your role


Focused training such as mental health promotion, facilitation, project management


1:1 volunteer support and supervision alongside other reflective spaces to support the ongoing development.

You will also get:

  • Reflective spaces to support ongoing development
  • Agreed expenses, for things like travel
  • Recognition for your work.

Sounds great! How do I apply?

Services recruit youth advocates at different points throughout the year, please see below those currently recruiting. To apply you need to be aged between 16 and 25 and living, studying, or working in the community the service you have applied for serves.

Group of Jigsaw Youth Advocates sitting on the steps of a building chatting to one another while one person studies
A group of young people sit on steps chatting while one person studies

We're recruiting

Our services in Laois/Offaly, North Fingal and Dublin 15 are currently looking for youth advocates to get involved.

Apply now

If you don’t see your local service here and are interested in getting involved contact your local service for when they may be recruiting next.