Tender call out for young people to become youth facilitators and tackle domestic abuse and sexual violence

Tender is running an OCN Level 2 Course in Peer Mentoring and Facilitation, a unique training programme for young people who wish to learn about domestic abuse and sexual violence and develop the skills to support other young people. This three-day course provides a unique insight into how Tender engages young people in conversations about relationships, boundaries, and the support available to victims of abuse.

Course Dates: 27th, 28th & 29th July

Time: 9.15am – 4.45pm

Venue: North London – near Angel / King’s Cross. Venue TBC

Application Deadline: Friday 9th July, 10pm


Since 2003, Tender has worked to prevent domestic abuse and sexual violence in the lives of children and young people. Each year, our drama and arts-based programmes reach over 30,000 young people: equipping them with the skills and knowledge to identify early warning signs of abuse and know where they can access support.

Our core aims are:

  • To educate young people aged 8 – 25 years about healthy and unhealthy relationships
  • To challenge attitudes and inequalities which enable and conceal domestic abuse and sexual violence
  • To empower young people to seek support if they or a friend is experiencing abuse.

Working across schools and youth settings, Tender is the only UK charity focused solely on preventing domestic abuse and sexual violence amongst young people. Using creative, arts-based programmes, we provide safe and playful spaces where young people can explore important topics, develop empathy and “rehearse” for real-life scenarios. Through exploring their rights, responsibilities, and choices in relationships, young people develop increased resilience and reduced tolerance towards abuse and become ambassadors for healthy relationships in their communities.


The purpose of this training is to equip young people with the knowledge and vocabulary to identify healthy and unhealthy relationships, early warning signs of abuse, and sexual violence so that they are able to support their peers and promote positive messages in their local communities. All young people who complete the course will receive a qualification in Peer Mentoring and Facilitation (the equivalent to a GCSE).

By taking part in 3 days of specialist training, participants will:

  • Develop a critical understanding of domestic abuse and its root in gender inequality
  • Be able to identify a friend at risk and know how to seek professional help to support them
  • Explore how Tender uses drama and the arts to engage young people in conversations about healthy relationships, domestic abuse, and sexual violence

Young people who complete the course will have the opportunity to apply to become a freelance Youth Facilitator at Tender – supporting the delivery of our healthy relationship projects in schools and youth settings.

In order to complete the course and attain the qualification, young people will need to take part in physical and written tasks. Due to the nature of our work, participants will be expected to engage in conversations, take part in arts-based activities, and think reflectively about the topic of relationships.


The OCN Course is open to young people ages 16 – 25 who live in London. We encourage applications from all sections of the community and in particular, those who are currently under-represented within our youth facilitation pools, including LGBTQ+, BAMER, males candidates, and candidates with a disability.


  • This course has been fully funded by Trust For London and is therefore completely free.
  • Tender will cover £5 of travel and £5 of food expenses for each day of the course.

If your travel costs more than £5 and you believe this would be a barrier to you taking part in the course, please email brad@tender.org.uk alongside your application. If your application is successful, we will discuss what we can do to make the course accessible.  


Step 1 – Application: Submit your application telling us why you want to take part in the course and how you will benefit from the opportunity.

Step 2 – Application Reviews: The Tender team will sit down to review the applications on Monday 12th July.

Step 3 – Decision: On Wednesday 14th July, a member of the team will be in contact to share the outcome of your application. If your application has been successful, you will receive all the relevant information on what you need to do to prepare for the course.


If you require any support with your application or have any questions, please contact brad@tender.org.uk.