STARboard frequently asked questions

We appreciate that an application process like this may be a new experience for many of you, so we've tried to answer any questions below that we feel may come up during the process. If you have any questions or concerns that aren't covered here, please feel free to contact us at starboard@makeawish.org.uk.

Applicant FAQs

What will the application process be like?

The process is designed to be enjoyable for our applying children and young people while giving them a chance to learn. We hope your experience as a STARboard member will equip you with a range of skills and learning opportunities for you to use in all areas of your life, including on future applications. Throughout the process we will be on hand to answer questions and provide feedback for children and young people who would like it. We want to make sure the board is a right fit for them as much as they are the right for the board!

What are the regions?

Our regions will reflect the regions of our fundraising managers, these are: 

  • Scotland
  • North England
  • East England
  • Central and West Midlands
  • Northern Ireland
  • London and South East
  • Wales and South West England
  • South England.

Will I have to miss school for the interview?

No. We will accommodate your schedule for interviews. Interview slots will be available on Skype/FaceTime at various times throughout the day and evening. Please let us know if you need to change your slot.

What sort of work would I have to prepare before sessions?

We will let you know 2 weeks in advance of any prep work. This may include, thinking about a topics ahead of time, researching ideas or reading information for discussion at the meeting.

Will I be paid?

No. Just like our Board of Trustees, the STARboard is an advisory board of volunteers. However, we will cover expenses for getting to meetings.

Which members of Make-A-Wish will I be working with?

Your primary contact as a STARboard member will be Becky Howie, STARboard leader. As the board works through different projects and activities, you might also work with Make-A-Wish members of staff, volunteers, fundraisers, wish families or trustees. We hope you’ll enjoy mixing with the Make-A-Wish community.

What if I am not very good at what Make-A-Wish is asking me to do? Will Make-A-Wish provide feedback for me?

Of course. We will support applications for all wish children aged between 11-20 who had their wish granted in the last 2 years. We’ve worked hard to design an application process that we hope will give everyone the opportunity to shine and show their strengths. If you’d like to discuss your application at any point, please contact us starboard@makeawish.org.uk. If selected for STARboard we will support you to make sure you have the skills needed to feel confident.

Will I have to speak in front of people at local events? If so, will you help me with what to say?

There may be the opportunity for STARboard members to speak at events. Make-A-Wish, as well as your fellow board members, will be on hand to provide support, practise, ideas and encouragement to help you, if you would like.

How long are typical meetings?

Meetings will be a full day on the weekend. There will be lots of snack breaks, lunch and activities to make sure it doesn’t feel long! Meetings will begin at approx 10am so people can travel.

What if I am not well on the day of a meeting?

Sickness is unavoidable and your health comes first. Please let the board leader know as soon as you can if you’re unwell, ideally by phone. The board only gets to meet a few times a year and we want as many board members as possible to participate.

Parent FAQs

I do not want my child to feel disappointed if they do not get chosen. How will they be contacted and what is the communication around not being chosen?

We want this to be a positive experience for everyone applying and for every applicant to learn something from the process. Children who are not selected after their interview will all be offered feedback either in an email or phone call, dependent on how they would like it.

What are acceptable reasons to miss a meeting?

Sickness, medical appointments, important family events. If you’re not sure you’ll be able to make a meeting, speak to the STARboard leader (member of staff leading the board).

Will any photos be taken? Or my child’s information used? If so, how and where?

The STARboard is an important part of the Make-A-Wish community, and we want everyone to know how committed we are to being a child-led organisation. Pictures, videos and stories help spread the word about the STARboard, and we use these across social media, our website, press (e.g. newspapers, magazines, TV or radio), emails and via organisations we work with. We’ll talk with you about how this could work and find out what you’re comfortable with. We usually don’t use personal details like last names.