CHAIR CATRIN CELEBRATING VOLUNTEERS’ WEEK
Hellooo, I’m Catrin, chair of BAYouth – Swansea Bay University Health Board’s (SBUHB) youth advisory panel! With it being Volunteers' Week, it’s a great time to raise awareness of the great voluntary work BAYouth have been getting up to.
I joined BAYouth back in March 2017 because I was excited to hear that there was an opportunity to advocate children’s rights in health care, which is a sector where they are not always at the forefront. Since then, it has been an incredible journey of not only protecting and respecting the rights of children and young people, but also being their voice when working with healthcare professionals. The voice of BAYouth is respected and listened to by not only staff at SBUHB but those further afield – this is a huge achievement since when we began our journey as ABMyouth. As an aspiring health care professional who is passionate about children’s rights, I feel strongly about empowering children and young people to have their voices heard in decisions which affect them.
There have been many projects that I have had the opportunity to be a part of through volunteering with BAYouth. It has been a huge privilege and joy to be involved with the interview process for senior nursing positions, carry out quality audits of wards via the 15 Step Initiative and also have the platform to speak at many conferences to raise awareness of the importance of having a children and young person presence in healthcare.
The work of BAYouth would not be possible without the team behind the name! The young people who give up so much time and energy to attend monthly meetings, training processes and work on projects are amazing. They inspire and challenge me to be confident and speak boldly to ensure we are listened to. Another important group of people are the adults who support us, and too feel passionately about giving children and young people a platform to have their voices heard.
Being a volunteer for BAYouth is a huge privilege and so much fun! It is an honour to chair an incredible bunch of young people who are passionate about raising awareness, empowering children and young people and being a loud voice within the healthcare sector.