Apply now to be a global drowning prevention champion

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Applications are open to join our new global drowning prevention advocacy training workshop.

Until 19 August 2018, anyone affected by drowning anywhere in the world can apply for the chance to participate in a unique workshop to develop their skills to help raise awareness of the need for drowning prevention, influence decision makers and drive global change.

We are looking for applications from anyone over the age of 18 who has been affected by drowning, rescued someone from the water or living within a community affected by the issue. Applicants from low and middle income countries disproportionately affected by drowning are encouraged to apply.

Currently, the voices of those on the front-line of the global drowning problem are absent from discussions on prevention. Decision makers at all levels remain largely unaware of the scale of the problem and how it can be prevented, so we want to help amplify the voices of those directly affected.

The interactive training programme will help successful applicants learn how to use their story to drive change. Participants will be supported by advocacy experts through a face to face workshop, alongside others with similar experiences from around the world. This will be followed by a six month online or telephone based mentoring scheme.

The face to face training will run from 5 - 8 November 2018 in Bangkok, Thailand alongside this year’s World Conference on Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion.

You can find out more by downloading the document below, or to apply, please email advocatedevelopment@rnli.org.uk by 19 August 2018 with an outline of your experience and description of what drives your passion for drowning prevention at a community, national or international level.

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