Saaria, Young NCB member
‘I joined NCB in 2010 and have had many opportunities to be part of health consultations, seminars and advisory group meetings. Every event I have participated in has made me feel valued as a young person and I can express my views and opinions coherently.
The staff are always helpful so I feel safe and my confidence has grown. During 2013/14 I was involved in the early stages of planning and developing “The Big Discussion” with Birmingham Children’s Hospital and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health. We wanted to create a platform that would help us to raise concerns about the National Health Service.
I have been fortunate to be part of Young NCB and it has given me the chance to meet many other young people and discuss areas that affect every young person. I hope I have made a difference to the lives of young people. I would thoroughly recommend Young NCB to anyone!’
Jack Welch, Young NCB Member
I’ve been involved with NCB since 2015. I started off as a Young Research Advisor, where I advised on campaigns and priorities for both NCB and the Council for Disabled Children.
Since then, I’ve attended parliamentary receptions and conferences and had the opportunity to speak at events about the work we’ve been doing.
I was also part of an interview panel to select the new trustees who have a vital role in the governance of the charity.
Volunteering at NCB has given me the opportunity to access events that I never would have been able to access before, and I’m very grateful for that.
There’s so much to be part of at NCB and it’s inclusive of all young people who want to join!
Priyanka Jeyashanker, Young NCB Member
Since joining NCB in 2010, I’ve had many opportunities to get involved with NCB’s work, including attending events, meetings and seminars. Each activity I’ve been part of has been enjoyable and beneficial, as I’ve been able to freely express my views to people who really value my opinion.
As a Young NCB member, I’ve gained more confidence, met new people and spoken out on issues that have an impact on my life as a young person. Young NCB has allowed me to get involved as much or as little as I like, regardless of how busy my schedule is.
I’ve used my voice to make a real difference to young people’s lives. A big achievement was being part of Young NCB’s ‘Is School Preparing You for Life?’ campaign, which resulted in financial education being made compulsory at school.
Seeing results like this is why I’ve continued to participate as much as I can for the past six years.
I would thoroughly recommend Young NCB to anyone.