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The three NHS Bradford district and Craven CCGs have hosted an internship over the last few months to establish a youth volunteering hub. The aim of the hub is to encourage young people into NHS volunteering roles. 

How was the youth volunteering hub designed?

In the initial scoping phase of this project, we decided to develop a plan that would help us create a co-designed volunteer model for the CCGs. This was with the support of a partnership steering group. This group was made up of professionals from health and care organisations and young people. The role of the young people was to:

Together we came up with a name for the volunteer group - ‘Young People Can’.

Through the sessions we held with Young People Can group we established what value young people might want from taking part in a volunteering opportunity, these included: 

The Young People Can group mentioned that to have a 'hub' would work best for them because it would provide young people with access to a range of health and care volunteering opportunities across our area. The idea of the hub is to provide a peer resource for young people with the aim of building their confidence, skills and understanding, allowing them to be heard and being a way pf bringing about real change to the approach to volunteering in our local NHS.

The CCGs agreed that the youth volunteering hub would be our volunteer model. With the support of Volunteering Bradford we will  sustain, manage, facilitate and provide training for the Young People Can group.

Currently, we have 15 committed young people in group, between the ages of 16-18 years old. With the help and support of Volunteering Bradford, we are hoping to expand this group of young volunteers and create more opportunities in the health and care sector for them to get involved in.

We have some upcoming opportunities to get involved in – from getting involved in social media and our engagement work with the public. Our aim is to be actively engaged with the youth volunteering hub and regularly update Volunteering Bradford with opportunities that come up in our organisation. Volunteers that show interest in a particular role will be given a description, which includes information about who to report to if there is a problem, dates and times of volunteering and much more. Volunteering Bradford will provide suitable training before roles start, so that volunteers know what to expect and what is expected of them.

How will Volunteering Bradford support the Young People Can group?

Volunteering Bradford will host regular group meetings where young people can share their ideas and work on tasks collectively, as well as finding out about individual volunteering opportunities. The sessions will take place at both Bread and Roses Café and Perkin House (the Volunteering Bradford office).

One to one meetings will be offered with a main point of contact. The main contacts are Valeeya Khizar, youth participation project lead for the CCGs –  Valeeya.Khizar@bradford.nhs.uk and Kirsty Powley, facilitator of the youth volunteering hub for Volunteering Bradford – choices@volunteeringbradford.org

Volunteering Bradford will respect people’s skills, dignity and individual wishes and will do their best to meet people in person and provide ongoing support, supervision and training. Volunteering Bradford will also:

What are the responsibilities of the Young People Can volunteer in the youth volunteering hub?

All volunteers are expected to attend at least six sessions a year and respond to communications promptly. As a volunteer people are expected to attend all induction and core training sessions provided by Volunteering Bradford. Issues and concerns can be raised through the main point of contact. 

Why should young people join the youth volunteering hub?

One of the main benefits of joining the youth volunteering hub and volunteering with us is that it acts as a gateway for people to get involved in in other health and care opportunities. Gaining volunteering experience can be used to support applications to UCAS and job applications. It could provide people with opportunities to work in other health and care organisations such as GP practices.

It will also gives the opportunity to meet a diverse range of young people across Bradford district and Craven. Involvement will help the NHS make sure that what we do meets the needs of young people in our area. The voice of young people can change what happens with health and care in your local community. By volunteering, young people in our area can become a valuable part of our future NHS workforce.