We’ve set up a youth group to help improve our services by involving children and young people at Gloucestershire Hospitals.

About Gloucestershire Hospitals’ youth group

Our youth group is led by young people with support from people who work at Gloucestershire Hospitals.

Our youth group is about to start work on projects including:

  • providing better service to children and young people during a pandemic
  • easing the move from children’s services (paediatrics) to adult services
  • developing ‘golden rules’ for good care, highlighting what young people need when they are being cared for at our hospitals
  • teaching young people about their rights as a patient at our hospitals

Our youth group gives young people the chance to work closely with hospital staff to improve services. The benefits of joining the youth group include:

  • improving patient care in Gloucestershire
  • experience planning events
  • activities
  • competitions
  • hearing from guest speakers

Members of our youth group also get access to skills training like resuscitation, and the opportunity to learn more about careers in the NHS, apprenticeships and volunteering.

Get involved

If you are aged between 11 and 24, you can join our youth group, become a youth ambassador and be part of our hospitals. We want to make sure young people have a voice, and our youth group will give you the chance to:

  • make a difference
  • meet other young people in hospital and health services
  • have a voice and be listened to
  • be involved in decisions which will positively impact young people who use our hospital services in the future

Lily is a member of the youth group and a youth ambassador, and says: “It’s a great opportunity for young people in Gloucestershire to have a say in what they think we should provide to improve confidence levels of teenagers and young people when accessing the services provided at the hospital.”

Find out more information about general volunteering opportunities at our hospitals.


Join our first public youth group meeting online on Friday 21 August, to hear a day in the life of a surgeon and more about becoming a youth ambassador. Email anna.rarity@nhs.net for more information.

Writing competition

It’s been a tough 12 weeks in lockdown, but now’s your chance to release your imagination by writing a poem or short story for our writing competition.

Winners of the competition will have their work published, and receive a £20 Amazon voucher. The following terms and conditions apply:

  1. Entry to this competition is open to individuals aged between 11 and 18 years living in or attending school in Gloucestershire at the time of submission.
  2. If under 18, parental or guardian permission is required, and contact details must be provided: email address and/or telephone number.
  3. All stories should be submitted in English.
  4. Entries can only be accepted by email by the closing date. Those submitted after will not be considered.
  5. Entrants can only enter individually. Only one entry per person is permitted per category and must be wholly written by the entrant only; stories/poems cannot be written by more than one person.
  6. Entries must be original and fictional. As the winning entries will be published it is important that entrants do not include any personal details about themselves. The entrant must not include their name in their work; entries which do contain this information may be removed from the competition.
  7. Entries must not contain defamatory, obscene, offensive, or any other unsuitable material; the judges reserve the right to disqualify entries containing such matter. If the story has troubling content the Trust may if required take advice about safeguarding.
  8. Unsuccessful entrants will be contacted in respect of their entry but no feedback on any entry will be provided. The judges’ decisions are final.
  9. Entries will be judged on the following criteria for the short story and flash fiction: originality; plot, characterisation, language, enjoyment, and for the poem: originality, language, enjoyment.

The deadline for submissions is 7 August 2020 and the results will be announced at our first public youth group meeting online on Friday 21 August 2020.