Youth Service Review

We need your help! If you are currently accessing our service, we would love to hear from you!

We are in the process of revamping our service for 2019 and would like your views.

We have designed a brief survey and would be grateful if you could participate. You can click on the link below or scan the QR code with your phone.

Thank you!

Youth Service Restructure

We are in the process of ‘restructuring’ our service. Please bear with us whilst we recruit and aim to get the Service bigger and better for a re-launch next year!

We will still be running some of our services from the end of September – Youth Club, Youth Forum and Young Adult Group as well as a couple of trips to see the year out so keep checking our events page on the website and our Facebook page to keep updated.

Donna is now back in the office (part-time for now but full-time from the end of September) so please get in touch if you want to discuss any aspect of the service or have a chat whilst our service is closed over the next few weeks.

Call the office on: 0115 9709421 or contact us here.

NUH YS NET Challenge

A massive thank you to everyone who took part and to those who have donated!

So far we have raised £155 on our Just Giving Page –

As a team we managed to navigate and visit all 51 Stations on the NET Tram Network and take that important selfie!

We have also been featured on the West Bridgford Wire –

The Nottingham Hospitals NUH Youth Service Tram Challenge

and on the Nottingham Post Website –

NUH YS NET Challenge

NUH Youth Service have been set the NET Challenge on 3rd April 2018.

Members of NUH Youth Service Youth Forum are undertaking a fundraising challenge to visit all 51 Stations across the Tram Network in Nottingham, take a “Robin Hood Selfie” then off to the next station.

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To help with our target, please donate at:




The Big Youth Forum Meet-up!

The Big Youth Forum Meet Up!

Institute of Child Health Great Ormond Street Hospital, London

By Jennifer Hallsworth

What a fantastic day!

The day started early when we met at Nottingham train station to make the journey down to London. After a short walk we arrived at the venue, where there was a quick photo opportunity, as Channel 4’s Alex Brooker (comedian & presenter) was also arriving!

Once all the paperwork was done, the day began with a brief introduction and question and answer session with Alex Brooker. It was great to hear about his journey, his approach to life, opportunities he’s made and why he wanted to be involved today. Oh and of course, he had the whole room full of laughter!

After a brief presentation about GOSH’S Youth Forum it was onto lunch, which was a good time to mix and speak to other people about their role and involvement.

The afternoon started with ‘Share and Steal’ workshops, which were one of the highlights for me. We were mixed into groups, then rotated around three different topics:  – Young people’s Rights  – Practical issues  – Emotions and Wellbeing During these discussions we all had chance to comment on the topics and what our Youth Forums/Youth Services had done in relation. Plenty of questions were asked and we learnt from each other. The ideas were fab and plenty of ‘borrowing’ will be done I’m sure! These sessions each finished with a summary of the key points.

After a quick break (the cakes were an added surprise!) to re-fuel, it was onto our chosen activity.

I decided to go on the GOSH tour, which offered us the chance to see some of the facilities they had to offer and also told us some of the history of the hospital. The garden and chapel, along with the music factory were my favourites. They don’t have a Youth Service like us though!

Other workshops that were on offer included CPR/basic first aid training and public speaking skills.

Following another quick break it was onto the final part of the day – voting and thank-you’s/goodbyes.

After a final group selfie we began our journey home, having a quick look around St Pancras before our train. The architecture was incredible!

Overall it was an excellent day and I enjoyed every minute of it! It was great to meet other young people and hear about the work other Youth Forum’s had done, not forgetting to share our own experiences, ideas and NUHYS’ achievements as-well.

The event was very inspiring and with young people as passionate as this, about making a positive difference, services and experiences for young people in healthcare can only get better!

I can’t wait for the next one – hopefully we can be the hosts during our 20th Anniversary year!

A View from Pembrokeshire!

Read Callum’s excellent blog as he experiences our annual residential for the first time as a Peer Mentor:

I had mixed emotions meeting up with the group to go to our annual trip to Pembrokeshire in south Wales. I felt both excited and also quite nervous. I felt very excited because I went two years ago on this residential and I know how good of a week it is! However I did also feel nervous because this year was slightly different for me as I was taking up a new role as peer mentor and I went last time as a young person.

The nerves very quickly left me as I got to know this wonderful group of young people and staff! As soon as we got to Pembrokeshire we got into our rooms did our bed sheets and then we all went outside and played some games together. We gelled very quickly as a group especially as we didn’t know one another to begin with.

The week was full of great memories and highlights but I am going to discuss a couple with you starting with our first full day on the Monday. This will stick in my mind for some time because of the dreadful weather and I am talking dreadful! It just didn’t stop raining! The activity we did wasn’t exactly great for this weather either… we went crabbing. I bet you are wondering now why on earth was this a highlight, well I will explain all. It’s just the fact that everyone got stuck in to the activity and had a really good go despite the awful weather we had to put up with. Everyone encouraged each other and it just showed how tight of a group we were even though we had only just met each other just 24 hours prior. After we went crabbing we went to the high ropes, already totally wet and freezing but still every young person and staff member took part.

Another highlight for me was on the final day when we all went Coasteering. We always do this last because it’s the scariest, the most thrill seeking and some would argue most fun activity of the whole week. I say some would argue the most fun because I am one of those people who would argue its actually not because I am not a lover of water, I can’t swim and I am petrified of water. Again I bet you are all wondering why on earth I would say this is one of my highlights, again I will explain. Everyone supported each other throughout the activity and stuck together as one big team. A couple of us who couldn’t swim and this included me, held each other’s hands for support. The instructors were incredible! They reassured us that the equipment we had would do its job and it didn’t matter that we couldn’t swim. I promise you if it wasn’t for this group of people I wouldn’t have taken part in this activity on the two occasions that I have been on this residential.

The final highlight I am going to share with you is every single night we spent together. At about eight o clock we would all gather together in one of the buildings that we stayed in. We named this building the white house, you guessed it because it was white! We played games together that included Uno, Poker and Dobble. It was so lovely and it just felt like we were one big family. There was a tuck shop available to get drinks, sweets and chocolate from, so yes the essentials! We also some nights had a film on which was nice after a long day Kayaking, Canoeing or getting wet!!

My favourite day overall was Wednesday this was when we went to the smallest city in Europe St David’s. It was such a wonderful day! We went on speed boat for a wildlife boat trip. It was so much fun! The speed boat going over the waves was the feeling you have when you go on a roller-coaster at Alton Towers. Also we saw some beautiful wildlife! We saw some seals which were just the cutest and when you live far from the sea, it made it even more incredible! After the speed boat we all went onto St David’s were we walked around in little groups. We had a look around the Cathedral which was beautiful and we had a look around the local shops were most people brought gifts to take home. We then ended the day with an ice cream which is tradition and I can’t describe to you how tasty that was!

On the Thursday night we all gathered around the camp fire for our final night of the residential. One of the youth workers who are renowned for creating silly/comical songs sang one and we all joined in. It was one of many comical moments this week. The song was called the shark song (don’t ask you have to be there trust me) then after, we all went around the camp fire and in turn said what our highlight was and what we got out of the week. The perfect end to a perfect week if you ask me (and hopefully everyone else!)

Although I’ve only touched on a couple of the activities we did over the week they were all equally as fun. Activities this week included crabbing, high ropes, Climbing/Abseiling and Bouldering, surfing, and Wildlife boat tour, Kayaking / Canoeing and Coastering.

Overall this has been an extremely positive experience for me; It was a great chance to experience a residential as a peer mentor. Not only did I get to experience all the activities again for the second time (very fortunate I know) but I also got to see all the young people experience the activities too and for some of the young people it was their first time. The young people looked like they really enjoyed the week and I enjoyed seeing them gain confidence from all of the challenges they overcame and new experiences they had during their week, It was great to encourage them and I hoped I helped.

I really hope I get the opportunity to experience this again in the future! Roll on next year!

Ben’s Blog

15 year old Youth Forum member – Ben Corrall – writes about his week’s work experience placement with us:

My Work Experience

I have been on work experience with the NUH Youth Service all this week. The things I have been doing are ward rounds, where we visit young people at their bedside, answering phone calls, helping run activities at the weekly Youth Club, daily drop-in sessions and the YAG (Young Adult Group).

On Tuesday me and Terrence met some young people (receiving dialisys treatment) we were talking about the video that we made on the youth forum residential last weekend.

On the Wednesday me and Mark did a presentation [to Nursing Associates] on a brief history about the NUH Youth Service and about what we do and what kind of projects and what qulafictions we do. 

On Thursday I did admin work and my teacher Miss Hatch came too see how I was doing. After that I made a few phone calls and sent a few emails, then orded a few resources ready for the summer programme.

Friday (today) we had YAG (Young Adult Group) where we spoke about the coffee project they have been working on. Then in the afternoon me and Terrance met a young person receiving treatment (dialysis). Then it was back to the Youth Room to run the final drop-in session of the week before heading home!

The things that I have enjoyed the most this week are: ward rounds, seeing what happens behind the scenes, and doing what my I love for a week. 

The key learning points from this week is: learning how to communicate with people from all different backgrounds

Ben (at the front) taking a selfie on the recent Youth Forum Residential!

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.

large CYPN awards logo2015

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