The Trust's volunteer service run a program for young people between the ages of 16-25 years old. This program is for any young person that wants to gain experience of working in a mental health hospital, or just give back to the community.
The program runs a timetable which has three main terms:
Spring (Jan-April): about 2 hours per week for 14 weeks
Summer (academic holiday, July & Aug): about 5 hours per week for 6 weeks
Autumn (Sept-Dec): about 2 hours/week for 14 weeks
At CAMHS we want to make sure the people that see children and young people are the right people for them. We regularly involve children and young people on interview panels to help us make the right choice.
Having children and young people help us with interviews helps us discover things that, as adults, we might miss due to our own professional or personal biases.
Anyone wishing to get involved with interview panels needs to complete a one-day course run by our patient participation lead. This training course gives participants all of the knowledge they need to understand the process of decision making in interviews, and how to ask the right questions.
The young people that use our services have a lot to say about their experiences, and we want them to help teach others by sharing their story.
Including young people in as presenters with lived experience at events and training courses can help give attendees invaluable insight into what matters for children and young people, and how our services are doing.
We always encourage children, young people and their parents or carers to get involved with committee meetings where possible. We run regular patient participation meetings where young people and parents or carers are invited to take part and help steer us in the right direction.
We also regularly run events aimed at young people and their families, and encourage people to get involved to help plan, and run the events.