Evidence shows volunteering gives young people self-worth and builds confidence to take on new opportunities. It also benefits patients and organisations bringing a valuable awareness of the challenges of being a young person today and youthful energy and new ideas to help you tackle any challenges you may be facing. It also provides an opportunity to inspire and grow the future workforce and influence the way young people are perceived in society.

Health and social care organisations can offer exciting opportunities to young people to volunteer in areas such as wards/care homes. They could help navigate people around services, support administration and practical tasks or take on influencing roles such as being an antibiotic guardian, a mental health first aider or sexual health peer educator.

They also have a key role to play through youth voice and engagement work, such as being part of a youth forum and providing valuable feedback on services, sitting on your boards or recruitment panels and taking over your social media accounts.

In 2018, the NHS’s 70th year, we brought together a group of NHS Youth Forum alumni to work in partnership with the NHS to increase the amount of youth volunteering and social action in health and social care.

The NHS Youth Forum have developed a range of resources to support the delivery of youth volunteering and encourage young people to participate in social action.