Youth engagement has always been at the heart of Hope, ensuring we’re truly a charity “of young people, for young people”. The very first Youth Management Team, or Y-Team, was set up back when we first started, and year after year they give up their time to drive our Herefordshire service forwards. The Advisory Team was established more recently with the aim of effecting change on a national scale, and they’ve already made a difference by guiding and developing our very own app for young people to use across the UK.
We’re a unique group of proactive young people. Through fundraising and monthly meetings we drive Hope’s service forwards using our own personal experiences.
We’re dedicated to helping others going through a family health crisis because we have all been there. We go along to youth sessions and activities in Herefordshire to offer support to other young people who are going through what we’ve been through – we also help out at assemblies and presentations, come up with marketing campaigns and lend a hand at fundraising events to ensure the service can continue.
We’re a group of volunteers spread out across the UK, who want to use our voices to share the experiences of those who have a loved one who is seriously ill.
Our first piece of work was to provide consultation on Hope’s new mobile app and digital services, working directly with the development team at Superbeing Labs in London on everything from design to functionality. We’ve also worked with the National Institute of Health Research, and have helped those undertaking research into how a loved one’s illness can affect the whole family by telling our stories.