After being established in 1998, the NUH Youth Service is the UK’s most established hospital-based youth service and has provided support for hundreds of patients from across Nottingham and beyond.
Money raised through Nottingham Hospitals Charity helps support the service by funding a youth club where young patients can get support from their peers, a youth room away from the ward environment, and residential trips for those patients who spend a lot of time in the hospital.
The Youth Service supports young patients aged 11 to 21, who are being treated at Nottingham Children’s Hospital, at the Queen’s Medical Centre.
The youth service run a youth club every Wednesday evening which allows young people a place to meet patients of similar ages away from the hospital grounds. The club provides facilities such as a pool table, board games and an inside sports hall, encouraging young people to interact and share experiences with their peers
Mental health support
More recently, Nottingham Hospitals Charity has funded a Youth Development Worker, and a Young People’s Emotional Health Worker, in order to provide the very best care and support for young people in hospital. In early 2022 the Charity is funding a residential trip aimed specifically at supporting young people’s mental health during what can be a particularly difficult time for them.