Prospect – Pizza-Making Workshop

On Monday 19th June, our Prospect group met for their monthly session but with a difference…

Thanks to Pizza Express in West Bridgford the young adult’s were able to practice their culinary skills by taking part in a pizza-making workshop.

On arrival we were met by friendly chef Chris who led us through the process. Chris even tried to teach us some impressive tricks such as flipping the pizza bases. Nobody quite mastered it but fortunately no pizzas hit the floor- although some did come pretty close!.

We loaded the pizzas with our favourite toppings (everything from red onion, to pepperoni, to spicy chilli beef) covered them in mozzarella and with one final pinch of oregano we sent them off with Chris to the pizza oven.

When the pizza’s arrived back at the table they were piping hot and looked delicious… and they tasted it too!



Not only did our young adult’s learn a useful new skill but thanks to the friendly staff at Pizza Express we had an extremely fun and memorable afternoon.

The group were keen to try our their new skills again at home and there was lot’s of discussion about which recipes and cultures we could try out next.

The aim of Prospect is to provide young adults, aged 16-25, with opportunities to socialise, develop their skills, gain independence and build
up a strong support network.

If you’re aged 16-25 and interested in joining our Prospect group then get in touch. Our next session is on Tuesday 18th July 6-9pm at Scout Wood, Nottingham where we’ll
be trying our bushcraft skills and having a BBQ!

Transition Weekend for Young People with Type 1 Diabetes

On 3rd March 2017 we headed to Center Parcs for the weekend for a Tranisition Residential with a group of young people with Type 1 Diabetes along with Jen & Vreni from the Diabetes Team.

The aim of the weekend was to prepare the young people as they move on to Adult Services through workshops, discussion and providing the opportunity to meet and socialise with other teenagers living with diabetes. From the very first session on the Friday night we knew we were in for a fantastic weekend together. Despite never having met before, each of the young people made a real effort to get to know one another and there was a brilliant atmosphere throughout the whole weekend!

On the Saturday morning the group were split in to two groups and set off on a “Come Dine With Me” challenge in which they were given a set amount of money and had to plan a three course meal for the evening. Not only did they have to work within a budget but they also had to think about creativity, presentation and a healthy nutritional balance. After some extensive discussion the groups came up with their menus and with Jen our lovely dietician supervising, the pressure was truly on!

In the afternoon we were visited by Nic, one of the nurses from the Adult Diabetes Team, and the young people were given the opportunity to ask questions and share any worries they had about transition. The session provided a lot of useful information and afterwards the young people stated how much better prepared they felt having met Nic and having discussed concerns with their peers. We were also lucky to have a visit from Josie, Diabetes Consultant, to answer questions and support the group in their environment.

The Come Dine With Me challenge proved extremely successful; the two groups did a fantastic job and cooked up some very impressive food. There was only one tiny/huge blip when one of the groups set fire to their chocolate brownie. Thankfully the brownie was recovered and actually tasted delicious (if a little chargrilled).

On Sunday the group participated in workshops around Alcohol Awareness, Sex & Healthy Relationships and Driving and how having Type 1 Diabetes impacts each of these things. It was a brilliant morning with a lot of belly laughs and, more importantly, excellent dicussion. Many of the young people fed-back that they’d found this session extremely valuable and had learnt a lot about how to better manage their diabetes in the future.

The weekend was such a huge success that we recently met up at Griddle & Shake in Nottingham for a burger and a catch-up. It’s amazing to see the friendships that have been made and it’s evident just what a positive impact the Transition Residential has had on the lives of the young people. It really shows just how important having people you can talk to, that understand what you’re going through is.

Well done to everyone involved!

Donation from The Bramcote School

A BIG thank you to The Bramcote School for raising £197.93 for us by holding a Christmas Jumper Day back in December! 

Connor, one of our Youth Forum Members, suggested us as a nominated charity.   Thanks Connor!

We were delighted to receive the donation, which will go towards buying new equipment for the Hospital Youth Club.

Pictured below are members of the Youth Club receiving the cheque from Connor, on behalf of the school.

NUHonours Awards 2016

A great night was had on Friday 25th November at the East Midlands Conference Centre at the NUHonours Awards Ceremony.

We were in 3 shortlisted categories:

Behind the Scenes Award – Terrence Green (Youth Development Worker)

Better Futures Award – Donna Hilton (Youth Service Manager)

Patient Champion Award – Young People 4 Change (Our Youth Forum)

Congratulations to YP4C and Terrence who were the overall winners in their categories.  Proud to be a part of Team NUH! nuh16

CYPN Awards Finalist!

We are delighted to announce that we have been shortlisted for the Children & Young People Now (CYPN) Awards in the Youth Work Category.

We are one of seven national finalists and will attend a ceremony on 24th November to find out who the winners are.

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Staff Youth Club!


On Weds 6th July we hosted our first Staff Youth Club Session.  Young people, Youth Workers and medical professionals came together to talk about the benefits of hospital-based Youth Work and see first hand how it is making a big difference to the lives of young people living with health conditions.

Youth Forum members gave a tour of the Monty Hind Centre on Leen Gate, where the Youth Club is held every Wednesday evening and then creative activities were on offer that enabled communication and discussion.IMG_3847

Finally, a large group activity was coordinated in the Sports Hall using a parachute to gain feedback form the event.

The event received excellent feedback and it gave a valuable insight into what a YouIMG_3850th Club session is like so that medical staff can promote it to other young people and encourage them to attend.

The young people fed back that it was great to see their doctors and nurses outside of the clinical environment and build better relationships with them.



Volunteer Awards Night 2016


To acknowledge all of our Volunteers, we held an event during National Volunteers Week in June to let them know how amazing they are and to celebrate all of their input to NUH Youth Service.

A slide show of volunteer activities was shown and we heard from all of our volunteers about why they come along and what they get out of it.  Some very inspirational stories!

We then had an award ceremony that saw all volunteers presented with a Certificate of Achievement and two awards were given out.IMG_3646

This years winners were:

Volunteer of the Year 2016: Alex Lane

Special Achievement Award: Sophie Ashmore-Hayes


Welcome to our Youth Work Students!

We are pleased to have three Youth Work Students on placement with us from the University of Derby.  They will be here for 9 weeks in total.  Welcome to Charlotte, Chris & Emma!


Charlotte: I am a 3rd year student and I enjoy music and camping so enjoy regular festival trips! I am passionate about working with young people creatively, with arts & crafts, games and discussions. Whilst on placement I will be undertaking a management project and look forward to completing my final university placement with NUH Youth Service.

Chris: I’m really looking forward to the opportunities I will experience when I’m here. I wanted this placement to give me an outlook on Youth Work in an unfamiliar setting.  I hope to gain new skills from both the team and from the young people and apply them in future Youth Work.  I love using music as a way of engagement and there is nothing wrong with a good game of football!

Emma: I organised my own placement to be involved at the Youth Service because I wanted to work in an environment that wasn’t mainstream. I haven’t been working here long but they have welcomed me with open arms and allowed me to gain opportunities in working with the young people in many different settings. The staff are very welcoming and offer support for anyone who would just want to talk, the staff have also been very supportive of the students on placement. I enjoy arts & crafts because I like making things alongside young people!



Congratulations Avais!

Avais_16Avais Javid has been volunteering with us for the past couple of years, after being involved in our service as a young person & Youth Forum Member.

His enthusiasm, spirit, support and encouragement led to him winning our Volunteer of the Year Award in 2015.  Despite his recent commitment to being a member of the National NHS Youth Forum and also studying nursing at university, Avais continues to volunteer for the Youth Service, inspiring many young people living with health conditions.

This led to Avais being nominated for the Lord Mayor of Nottingham’s Volunteer Awards.

Avais was shortlisted for the award and attended a ceremony on Friday evening at the Council House in Nottingham.  We are excited to announce that Avais beat off stiff competition to scoop the award of ‘Young Volunteer of the Year’



Nottingham Children’s Hospital Logo Launch


Nottingham Children’s Hospital have recently unveiled their new logo and our Youth Forum were there to say:



Young people were on hand to promote ‘Robin’, hand out lanyards to staff and sell charity merchandise.

When asked what ‘Nottingham Children’s Hospital means to you’ some responses from the Youth Forum members was:

“Somewhere where you are cared for and young people’s views are heard and they are treated as individuals and not just a health condition”

“I have developed so much over the past year – I have gained confidence and been able to get back on my feet.  The Youth Service is a great part of the Children’s Hospital – we are lucky to have it!”

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