Become a role model

Become a role model

Our friendly, positive role models help to promote acceptance and understanding of difference. They come from a variety of backgrounds but all of them believe that embracing diversity makes society a richer place in which we are all able to achieve our best and be happy. You don't need to be Martin Luther King or Gandhi to be a role model, please have a read of the role outline, and if you think you fit the bill and you'd like to apply, please complete the form below.

So what are we looking for in a role model? (18+)

Person specification

  • Confident and energetic
  • Have a passion for working with young people and feel confident speaking openly and personally about their experiences
  • Eager to participate in all aspects of the workshops
  • Robust (able to deal with potentially challenging classroom environment and questions)
  • Have positive messages to share and an ability to share these messages through an engaging narrative
  • Good sense of humour & a sense of fun!

DRM expectations of role models

  • Attend initial training and assessment evening
  • Commit 2-3 days a year
  • Provide feedback from sessions
  • Provide quotes for promotional and social media use

And where possible/appropriate

  • Participate in DRM events and fundraising initiatives & promote DRM’s work in relevant circles

Why should I become a role model?

  • Gives you the chance to engage and inspire young people on the front line and really make a difference
  • Opportunity to gain confidence and experience in public speaking
  • Meet new friends and contacts at our social meet-ups
  • Gain insight into young people of today
  • Experience in working with young people
  • Meet other people with inspirational and life-affirming stories
  • And most importantly, the amazing feeling you get once you've done a DRM workshop, it's a feeling like no other, trust us!

We’re particularly interested in applications from both LGBT people & straight allies who are from a BAME (black, asian and minority ethnic) background.

LONDON ONLY - We have a waiting list of over 300 people to be trained. At the moment, we're only looking for applications from under represented groups such as Black, Asian & Minority ethnic (BAME), Trans men & LGBT Parents. 

Upcoming training & assessment sessions

London: Weds 29th March 2017 (BAME Role Model Training)

Manchester: Thursday 16th March 2017

All sessions run from 18:30-21:30

Please note that the majority of our workshops currently take place in and around London, Manchester, Liverpool, The Wirral, Wigan, Birmingham, Wolverhampton & Bristol. While we are happy to receive applications from individuals living outside these areas, significant travel may be required in order to participate in workshops. Unfortunately, we are unable to cover the cost of this travel when local role models are available.

This form is a 'show of interest' form. Everyone that has submitted one, if suitable, will be invited to a training and assessment evening. If you don't hear from us in a while, please don't worry, it just means that we haven't yet scheduled a training in your area, this can take a few months.