ESNEFT Youth Forums

Youth Forum at Colchester and Ipswich hospitals

The Youth Forum is a space for young people aged 13 to 19 who use Colchester and Ipswich hospital services to have their voice heard, and be involved in positive change within the hospital.

We meet face-to-face every 6 to 8 weeks. You can join the sessions virtually on Teams if that is more convenient.

Photograph of Rachel Fletcher

Rachel Senior, Youth Worker
Rachel is the staff representative that will work in partnership with the group, and also co-chair the forum.






Why join?

  • Meet other young people who would like to improve hospital services
  • Gain a greater understanding of how the NHS works
  • Meet professionals working in a variety of roles within the NHS
  • Gain new skills and opportunities you can add to your CV
  • Share the voice of young people who use hospital services and discuss your thoughts, views and ideas to support change and improvement
  • Have opportunities to attend events outside the Youth Forum
  • Have opportunities to represent the hospital youth forum by attending external events

What do we do?

  • Work on projects to improve services
  • Contribute to staff training
  • Have opportunities to be part of national events
  • Have the opportunity to support various departments and areas within the hospital.

What we ask of you

  • Attend four of the six Youth Forum meetings throughout the year
  • Let us know if you are unable to attend a meeting or event
  • Be prepared to share views, ideas and experiences on a variety of health-related issues
  • On occasion be available outside scheduled meetings to attend one-off events or be part of short term projects
  • Show respect and listen to other members of the forum, including staff and visitors
  • Actively engage with guest speakers and relevant discussion

How to join the ESNEFT Youth Forums

Sign up to join the Colchester Hospital Youth Forum (Opens in a new window 840 Kb pdf)

Sign up to join the Ipswich Hospital Youth Forum (Opens in a new window 658 Kb pdf)

If you have any questions, please phone Rachel Senior on 07827 255 922 or email the team, we will contact you within four working days.


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