Call for Applications for New Executive Committee Members

Open Call for Applications for New Executive Committee Members (2021 – 2023) for the Commonwealth Children and Youth Disability Network (CCYDN)


Deadline: 11.59pm (BST) on Wednesday 28th April 2021.

Only successful shortlisted applicants will be contacted and invited to take part in an online interview taking place on week commencing 3rd May 2021. For enquiries or if you need support to access the application you can contact the team via email or message the team via WhatsApp +447960105558

Application Form

The Commonwealth Children and Youth Disability Network (CCYDN) is recruiting new members to join our Executive Committee. CCYDN is the first Commonwealth Children and Youth Network supporting strengthening and advocating for their collective voices to be included and represented in the Commonwealth and across the globe.

CCYDN provides a platform for youth with disabilities to connect, share learning, develop skills and knowledge to advocate and influence on disability rights, inclusion UNCRC and UNCRPD implementation at national, regional and global levels. A strong voice and platform for children and young people with disabilities strengthening their voices, increasing their representation and recognition in their roles as key agents, changemakers for positive change in achieving disability rights, equity and better future, inclusive futures for all.

We are welcoming applications from young people with disabilities aged 18 years to 29 years to apply for the 9 CCYDN Executive Committee members positions that are available to commence in May 2021 for a two-year period. CCYDN Executive Committee are voluntary roles. Below are further details regarding CCYDN, our achievements to date, work themes, the Executive Committee roles and responsibilities, eligibility criteria and how to apply for this opportunity.

About the Commonwealth Children and Youth Disability Network (CCYDN)

During CHOGM 2018 and the ‘Commonwealth Include Me 2 Project’, Young People with disabilities involved in the Commonwealth Space through the various networks and roles such as Queen Leaders, Commonwealth Youth Council, Royal Commonwealth Society Fellows approached Include Me TOO to set up a Commonwealth network for and with us.

We felt strongly that a Commonwealth Disability focused Children and Youth Network was needed to ensure they have an independent voice and access to platforms to raise issues and share learning and solutions in areas that matter to them and to improve disability inclusion, rights and representation for and with them.

The Commonwealth Children and Youth Disability Network (CCYDN) was launched during the Commonwealth Week in London March 2019 in partnership with the Commonwealth Secretariat and the Royal Commonwealth Society.

CCYDN is an affiliated Commonwealth Youth Network as part of the Commonwealth Youth Programme alongside several other youth networks. CCYDN is the first ever Commonwealth disability children and youth network driven by youth with disabilities and supported by Include Me TOO who worked closely with the Commonwealth Secretariat to establish the network.

CCYDN support and advocate for access to platforms for children and young people with disabilities as changemakers, and to influence positive change on issues that matter to them at local, national, regional and international levels.

CCYDN advocates the recognition of the vital role of children and young people contributions if the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Convention on the Rights of the Child and inclusive impactful delivery of the Global Sustainable Development Goals are ever to be fully realised and achieved.

Who we are

CCYDN Executive Committee Members are young people with disabilities representing youth led DPO’s and disability NGO’s.

We have representation from the regions of Africa, Asia, Pacific and Europe and within this recruitment we are keen to have further representation in these regions and youth with disabilities representative from the Caribbean.

The Executive Committee has key roles in leads covering the themes of CCYDN as well as countries and regions.

  • Inclusive Education
  • Economic Empowerment and Employment
  • Gender Equality – Women and Girls with Disabilities
  • Ending Stigma, and Taboos associated with disabilities
  • Inclusive Technology and Digital
  • Safeguarding, Ending all forms of harmful practice and abuse
  • Policy and Advocacy ● Training and Development
  • Communications and Campaigning ●  Membership and Partnerships

We also have youth with disabilities advisors and will be recruiting mentors over the coming year. The Network has two Co-Chairs a Youth Representative, currently Jonathan Andrews and NGO’s Representative, Include Me TOO CEO Parmi Dheensa.

NOTE: Following the appointment of new Executive Committee members, CCYDN will also be electing a new Youth Co-chair from its Executive Committee in May 2021. New Executive Committee members are welcome and encouraged to apply for this role.

The current Youth Co-chair will remain as outgoing co-chair, supporting the incoming co-chair during their induction, until 22 June 2021 (the end of the Commonwealth Youth Forum CHOMG 2021 event).

The CCYDN Executive Committee is made up of 12 youth with disabilities aged 29 years old and under. This year there will also be an additional 6 youth with disabilities in the role as Associate Executive Committee aged 30 to 35 years who will continue supporting the work and development of CCYDN.

NGO’s working with children and young people with disabilities enabling them to increase their awareness on their rights, inclusion and provide access and support to their participation and representation are also essential for the success and reach of CCYDN. NGO’s can support the future these changemakers particularly those with complex needs and those who are underrepresented in the disability space / platforms.

CCYDN Members

CCDYN is a network membership is young people with disabilities from across the Commonwealth, which includes individuals, youth with disabilities led DPO’s and NGO’s working with children and young people with disabilities who are making a difference locally, nationally and internationally   regarding disability inclusion and rights. CCYDN are a representative network collectively aiming to work in parallel alongside other international networks and forums.

Membership is 13 to 29 years and Associate Membership 30 to 35

CCYDN Achievements to Date:

  1. Youth with disabilities delegation at the Global Disability Summit and subsequent report Global Disability Summit Children and Young People’s Report
  2. During the Global Disability Summit London 2018 children and young people with disabilities from across the globe representing 23 countries shared their views on what matters to them in regards to the Global Disability Summit six themes. They shared key messages they wanted included in their own charter and produced the Global Disability Children and Young People’s Charter
  3. Official side event Strengthening the Participation, Inclusion and Rights of Children and Young People with Disabilities at the United Nations in New York during the 12th session of the Conference of State Parties to the CRPD (June 2019)
  4. Members have represented and presented on behalf of CCYDN on many platforms including ECOSOC, Queens Commonwealth Trust, South Asia People’s Forum on SDG’s, CDPF, Disability Inclusive Form, United Nations, Davos and several official Commonwealth functions.
  5. I am Able II Antigua and Barbuda Conference
  6. Covid-19 Children and Young People with Disabilities Global Statement and Recommendations Young people with disabilities representatives of DPO’s and NGO’s from Fiji, Malta, France, India, Maldives, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia Mauritius, Australia, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Canada and United Kingdom came together for roundtable discussions during May to July 2020. Producing the COVID 19 Children and Young People with Disabilities Global Statement which received further endorsements from key stakeholders in the disability and human rights movement supporting the recommendations to protect children and young people with disabilities human rights and inclusion and commitment not to be left behind in COVID-19 responses and recovery.
  7. COVID 19 Hospital Communication Passport, CCYDN worked with Include Me TOO with this resource a response to the pandemic supporting persons with disabilities access, communication whilst supporting their rights. safety and dignity during health and medical care and treatment. CCYDN worked with youths, DPO’s NGO’s translating the resource and delivering train the trainer workshops. Establishing local partners and focal points in Maldives, India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Tanzania, Zambia, Cameroon, Kenya, Australia and Fiji.
  8. IDEAS Capacity Building Programme and Masterclass Series was delivered during November 2020 to March 2021. Supporting young people with disabilities to increase and build their skills and confidence as Disability Rights Representatives, Changemakers and Advocates. 33 countries were, there were 50 places for the programme and was oversubscribed and CCYDN accommodated 125 young people with disabilities taking part.


See here for information on CCYDN Executive Committee Members Roles and Responsibilities

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Aged between 18 to 29 years at the time of application
  2. Citizen of a Commonwealth member country
  3. Be a young person with disabilities / impairments
  4. Experience and knowledge of disability rights and inclusion, advocacy, campaigning,
  5. Good communication skills in English, and online access and computer skills
  6. Be able to demonstrate working well both on own initiative and with teams
  7. Available to commit a minimum of 6 hours a month
  8. A strong commitment to advance disability rights, inclusion, participation and representation of and with children and young people with disabilities in the Commonwealth within the global disability movement and youth movement.

Application Form