Children and Young People's Forum
Young people are at the very heart of what we do at Alder Hey, and we think it’s important to listen to their opinions about how we’re doing. We often say that we’re inspired by children, so it’s important that we can give them not just a voice, but access to people who make decisions.
Alder Hey’s Children and Young People’s Forum
Our Children and Young People’s Forum has been established for over ten years and membership consists of three groups:
- Children aged 5 to 11 years
- Young people aged 11 to 19 years
- Parents and carers
The Forum is a group of young people who care about Alder Hey and a lot of them have been patients here. They meet once every six weeks for workshops and to talk about hospital issues. The agenda consists of items requested by members and Alder Hey staff who are seeking the views of children, young people, parents and carers about services and initiatives.
The Forum provides an opportunity to represent the many thousands of young people who use Alder Hey and be included in the hospital’s decision making process.
Would your child be interested in joining the Forum?
We are always looking for more members. It’s free to join, and it’s a great opportunity to get involved with the hospital and make new friends. A lot of our members have been a part of the Forum for several years!
If you’d like more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0151 228 4811 ext 3175.
Alder Hey in the Park – Inspired by Children
Many of the Forum members enjoyed participation in the planning of the new hospital as part of the Children and Young People’s Design Group. Children and young people were involved throughout the design and build of Alder Hey in the Park. This included ongoing engagement with contract bidders and Alder Hey staff around building plans, interior design, assisting in recruitment and planning of art for the internal and external environment of the building.
As part of this process, artists ‘More than Minutes’ worked with the group at their regular Saturday meetings which were documented using a technique called ‘visual minuting’.
The result is a stunning ‘design comic’ which you can download here