Mosaic 16 - 25 year olds

Offering new skills and experiences for 16 to 25 year olds

Mosaic is an opportunity for young people to:

  • get involved and have a good time in the Lake District National Park
  • become leaders by introducing friends to what's on offer
  • improve their employment prospects and advise the National Park Authorities

The project is also going on in Northumberland, Yorkshire Dales, Exmoor and the New Forest National Parks.

Why?

National Parks contain inspiring landscapes, created for everyone to enjoy. However not many 16 to 25 year olds use them.

We want to change this and make sure that National Parks are inclusive and appealing for everyone. We also hope to create leaders who will look after the National Parks in the future.

How?

We are recruiting 16 to 25 year olds to become Young Champions for the Lake District National Park. Young people can come along to a taster day and if they want to they can choose to become a Young Champion.

Young Champions can get involved in National Parks by going to and organising events for young people, volunteering, advising the National Park Authority, or testing out YHA hostels. Young Champions also have a responsibility to promote the National Park to other young people.

We'll provide mentoring and a range of training opportunities based around their interests and aspirations. They will get experiences and skills to help them towards employment.

Where?

In the Lake District National Park! We are recruiting Young Champions from the villages, towns and cities in and around the Lake District National Park. The activities Young Champions get involved with, will be in a place easily accessible to them.

Who?

We are looking for 16 to 25 year olds who live in Cumbria. We are particularly interested in people from the west and north of Cumbria. We want people who are interested in the outdoors and want to improve their employment chances, skills and confidence.

We're searching for people who:

  • are looking for employment and don't know what career path to follow
  • are not in education, employment or training (NEET) or about to finish education or training and don't know what to do next
  • are the main carer for someone in their household
  • would like to improve their physical or mental health
  • are suffering from stress, and find it stops them doing the things they want to do
  • live in a place where it is difficult to access services and shops

What do Young Champions get?

  • Training and support
  • Visits to the Lake District National Park to sample what's on offer and make plans for future activities.
  • An opportunity to find out more about and experience different careers in National Parks – communications, tourism, conservation, farming, rural skills and more.
  • Opportunities to influence what happens in the Lake District National Park.
  • Meet other Young Champions and make new contacts.
  • A good time!

What Young Champions say

"Learning new skills, meeting new friends, exploring the National Park has been really good." - Khalil, Young Champion

"The experiences with Mosaic were really useful in the job interview. I could talk about the press releases and everything I'd done. All the volunteering with Mosaic really paid off when I landed the job." -  Milan, Young Champion

Spot our Young Champions

Mosaic Champions on microadventures as seen on ITV!

More information?

The Mosaic Project Officer for the Lake District National Park is Clare Dyson.

Call or text 07972 630156

Email clared@cnp.org.uk

Visit Campaign for National Parks (opens in new window)

Project partners

Mosaic is a project of the Campaign for National Parks in partnership with the Youth Hostel Association and the Northumberland, Lake District, Yorkshire Dales, Exmoor and New Forest National Park Authorities.

Mosaic for Young people is funded by the National Lottery's Big Lottery Fund.

Project aims

  • 150 young people have improved their physical and mental health by being more active outdoors.
  • 150 young people have new skills and improved chances of finding employment.
  • 150 young people have gained confidence by taking on leadership roles and developing new interests.
  • 150 young people have built positive relationships in their community and become more active citizens.