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.
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!
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.
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.
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 Youth 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.
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.
This years winners were:
Volunteer of the Year 2016: Alex Lane
Special Achievement Award: Sophie Ashmore-Hayes
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!
Avais 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 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!”
Fairy Bricks are a charity who donate Lego to Children’s Hospitals around the country. We were lucky to have them visit us on Wednesday 10th February as their 100th donation!
They brought lots of Lego for children on the wards and for our own Lego Group – Beyond the Brick!
They also brought Mark Guest, the editor of Bricks Magazine with them to hear more about their donations and our Lego Group.
One of the ‘Faries’ made a cake to celebrate their 100th donation. Sadly we couldn’t eat it but, with over 3,000 bricks, it certainly looked amazing!
Our last residential of the year was a huge success with our Young Adult Group!
We had a weekend away at Center Parcs where the group could explore independent living, team work, organisational skills, budgeting, motivation and future planning workshops, exercise, as well as enjoying all the festive fun!
Our Young Adult Group is for 16-25 year olds and is held every Friday morning in the Youth Room from 10am – 1pm. We are also hoping to extend the sessions to one Monday evening a month in 2016.