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NHS England

#iwillweek 2017 (20th-24th November) provided us with an opportunity to renew our commitment to youth social action across health and social care, these are our NHS England commitments to youth volunteering for the year ahead, we pledge to:

  • Celebrate the contribution of young people in the health and care sector as part of NHS70 birthday celebrations
  • Work closely with NHS Improvement to encourage and support more health and care provider organisations to embed young volunteering programmes
  • Support Commissioners to understand, champion and grow youth volunteering across the sector
  • Collaborate with Healthwatch to engage young people in community based conversations about health and wellbeing and the difference young people can make
  • Empower more young people to support their peers and communities to live healthier lifestyles through the expansion of peer-education and health champion programmes working closely with Public Health England
  • Foster the culture of youth social action as a mechanism to encourage more young people to consider/enter into jobs in the health and care sectors supporting the work of Health Education England
  • Be a role model to the health and care system through its support of the NHS Youth Forum, valuing and championing the contribution of youth advocacy.
  • Continue to seek out best practice in enabling more inclusive volunteering opportunities across health and social care for young people who may face health, social or economic inequalities.
  • Establishing the NHS Youth Forum and actively working with a group of young people from across the country and from a diverse range of backgrounds – many have young carer responsibilities, have been ‘looked after’, may have experienced challenges in mental health or have physical disabilities.
  • Providing grants to develop regional youth voice.
  • Launching NHS Digital Badges and delivering training to a range of health organisations on these.
  • Getting ‘People Bank’ approved – and it is now being developed.
  • We have run 2 highly successful Takeover Day events.
  • Starting the new Active Communities Programme. A key priority for this is to increase opportunities for youth volunteering in health and care and widen inclusion.

Quote from Sir Bruce Keogh, National Medical Director NHS England,
“As we approach the NHS’ 70th year it is more critical than ever that we engage young people in all we do. We want to tap into the huge talent pool of young people and I have made a personal commitment to support Step Up To Serve. When young people volunteer they bring something special to patients and services as well as developing their own skills, confidence, wellbeing and career opportunities and I urge organisations to get involved with this excellent initiative.”