Youth Forum

The Youth Forum is a sub-group of the Governor working group for Membership Development and Communications. The work of the Youth Forum will be reported at the quarterly public Council of Governors meeting.

The Youth Forum provides young people with the opportunity to contribute their ideas, engage with decision makers and contribute to improving the lives of young people within their communities. The Trust actively engages young people in decision making and gives them the opportunity to influence service development.

Who can join the Youth Forum?

If any of the following apply to you then you will be an asset to the Youth Forum.

  • You have an interest in healthcare.
  • You have experience of being cared for by local healthcare services.
  • You aspire to a career in healthcare.
  • You passionate about giving young people a voice in decision making.

Anyone aged between 13-19 can apply.

What does the Youth Forum do?

The Youth Forum is run by the members, with support from HDFT staff. There are lots of interesting ways to use your ideas, skills and experiences to make a difference to existing and future healthcare services for young people.

The Youth Forum will be contributing their ideas to strategies, building plans and communication methods. It is a great place to meet new people, share experiences, gain knowledge and learn new skills.

“The Trust is very grateful to members of the Youth Forum for sharing their ideas and insights. They are a hardworking and creative group. It is really important that we develop our services in response to the needs of children and young people and the Youth Forum gives them a loud voice which we listen to very attentively.”

– Angela Schofield, Chairman of Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust

When do the Youth Forum meet?

There are lots of ways to get involved in the Youth Forum including attending meetings, being part of a wider social network and responding to surveys.

Informal meetings are held approximately every 4-6 weeks, either on a Tuesday or Wednesday between 5-6.15pm. You are most welcome to come along to our next meeting.

How can I apply to join?

For more information and to request an application form please email

Join the Youth Forum today and use your voice to ensure that young people are represented during decision making.