The NUH Youth Service is made up of four paid staff and a team of dedicated volunteers.
We also work closely with and provide support to youth work colleagues from Adult Services, Derby Children’s Hospital and the Teenage Cancer Trust.
We are proud to work in partnership with other local health-based youth workers. These include:
- Young Adult Worker in Renal Services
- Youth Support Workers from the Teenage Cancer Trust
- Youth Workers from Derby Children’s Hospital
The Youth Service take on Youth & Community Degree students as part of their professional placement. These may hail from the University of Derby, Leicester DeMontfort University, Leeds Metropolitan University or the Midlands Institute for Children, Youth & Mission. All students add a valuable dimension to the team and it enables more youth work presence on the wards.
Volunteers & Peer Mentors
The Youth Service volunteers play an essential role within our team. Many are former/current patients themselves and offer an extra dimension of support to the young people.
We have a very dedicated team of volunteers who you’re likely to meet in the Youth Room, at Youth Club or on any trips you might come on. Some of our young people eventually wish to volunteer and participate in the Youth Work Course. While a young person is taking part on the Youth Work course they are known as a Peer Mentor. The majority of our Volunteers & Peer Mentors have experience of being in hospital themselves and have previously been involved in the youth service as young people. This means that they have a good understanding of the difficulties that come from living with a medical condition and are here for you to chat to and give you some helpful tips.
Our current volunteers are…
Jennifer Hallsworth; Sophie Ashmore-Hayes; Avais Javid; Alex Lane; Lauren Purdy; Callum Sharpe; Aaron Sparks; Joey Tandy; Callum Thompson; Nathan Thompson; Bob Walters; John-Jo Ward
The picture below shows Lauren Purdy (centre) who was voted our Volunteer of the Year 2017 with Alex and Lara as runners up