Youth Advisory Groups
We believe that one of the best ways to shape our services is to listen to the young people using them. We run two youth advisory groups, supporting Birmingham Children’s Hospital and Forward Thinking Birmingham. Both groups meet together on a quarterly basis and collaborate on Trust-wide projects, acting together to bring about change for the young people using using our services.
Young Persons’ Advisory Group
The Young Persons’ Advisory Group (YPAG) is a youth engagement group at Birmingham Children’s Hospital. YPAG members all have a passion for improving their local healthcare services, sharing their opinions about healthcare both at the hospital and on a national level, ensuring that young people are actively involved in making changes and decisions.
YPAG members have been involved in:
- Delivering presentations
- Interviewing staff
- Quality care walkabouts
- Carrying out consultations
- Taking part in national health participation events
- Securing funding for YPAG T-shirts and badges
- Helping out at fundraising events
YPAG meets on a monthly basis to discuss projects and to plan future events. The group also meets regularly for socials, consultations and events. Volunteering with YPAG is also a great addition to job/college applications, and will enhance your personal statement for your UCAS application if you want to apply to university.
Who can join?
YPAG welcomes all young people aged 11-19 from across the West Midlands, including hospital patients, siblings and representatives from the local community, who are enthusiastic about improving the services and making the hospital more ‘young-person friendly’. You do not have to commit to all meetings, but should make as many as you can. If you are coming into hospital for a short stay and want to get involved, do get in touch!
Join YPAG or find out more
Think4Brum (T4B) is the youth advisory group for Forward Thinking Birmingham (FTB), our 0-25s mental health service. T4B gives young people, especially those who have used our services, an opportunity to get directly involved in FTB, helping us to shape the design and delivery of our services. We provide you with the support and encouragement to have your say, as well as offering training opportunities and the chance to get involved in lots of different activities. You can be involved as much or as little as you'd like.
Think4Brum members have been involved in:
- Co-design of a Mental Health Journal/Passport
- Involvement in mental health research within the Trust and with partners including the University of Birmingham
- Supporting staff training
- Staff recruitment, including on interview panels
- Taking part in service improvement events
- Attending and delivering content at national conferences
- Directorate-level decision-making bodies
Who can join?
T4B welcomes all young people aged 16-25 who are eligible to access FTB (by having a Birmingham-based GP), are passionate about mental health and wellbeing, and who wish to develop and improve the service for other young people, their family and friends. You do not have to commit to all meetings, but should make as many as you can.