BAYOUTH VICE-CHAIR AMY ON HER LOVE OF VOLUNTEERING
Hi, I’m Amy and I’m the vice-chair of BAYouth, the youth advisory panel for Swansea Bay University Health Board. As it’s volunteer’s week, it’s a great time to celebrate the volunteer work of our amazing youth board, that I am so proud to be a part of.
I joined BAYouth around 3 ½ years ago as I loved the idea that I would be able to be a voice for children and young people in health, working with health care professionals and change makers to ensure that a children’s rights approach is taken and children’s rights is at the forefront of health care. Being able to give feedback, make changes and get involved in initiatives that implement children’s rights in health fills me with such a great sense of pride and purpose. I have had my own personal experience of receiving health care in the Swansea Bay Area, after being diagnosed with T1D at the age of 12, and have made it my mission to encourage young people like me to know that their voices can be heard and that health services must work for us.
Volunteering with BAYouth has also given me so many opportunities such as the ability to carry out quality audits of wards, receive training and create child and young person friendly resources that are used within the health board and nationally across the whole of Wales. I love seeing our logo around the health board and on different things we have had input in, it shows that we are acknowledged for the work we do and that it is making a difference.
I love being vice-chair of BAYouth, working with other young people towards a shared goal is inspiring, but we couldn’t do it without our extraordinary chair, Catrin. I have met some amazing people through BAYouth and made wonderful friends who make each meeting so much fun, I always leave with the biggest smile on my face.
I am excited for the future of BAYouth as we have many passionate young people who are eager to ensure children’s rights are protected and represented in health.