Acorns Young Ambassadors
Young people at Acorns are able to make a contribution to important issues which matter to them by becoming a Young Ambassador.
Our Young Ambassadors make a real difference to their own lives and others’, as well as improving our services and even the future of children’s paediatric palliative care. Our brilliant group of over 16s have celebrated some impressive achievements, from mentoring and being an important voice at meetings to torch-bearing for the Olympics!
We provide support and encouragement every step of the way to help our Ambassadors gain independence and prepare for adulthood.
If you’re interested in being a young ambassador, let us know by emailing us on firstname.lastname@example.org!
Parent Carer Champions
Parents and carers of children and young people who have accessed or are accessing Acorns services are able to become more involved in the organisation by becoming Parent Carer Champions.
This is a voluntary role which provides them with the opportunity to have their voice heard in a number of ways:
- As representatives of Acorns to a wide range of individuals and groups – from supporters and volunteers to statutory and civic bodies such as Integrated Care Boards and Mayors
- Directly influencing Acorns services via input into compliance visits, audits, working groups and consultations
- Being involved in research projects regarding children’s paediatric palliative care
- Acting as the voice of parents and carers with media
The role provides Acorns with a voice, giving the experience of using Acorns from a different point of view.
Each of the champions is provided with training to support them in their role, including safeguarding, public speaking, media skills and an overview of Acorns. Ongoing support is provided by a member of staff who co-ordinates activity.
The programme has been running for around 7 years and there are currently 8 parent carer champions across the organisation. Feedback has identified the following benefits for the champions:
- Providing an opportunity to give something back
- Offering an alternative to paid employment when childcare commitments prohibit this option
- Help build confidence in their abilities and skills
- Opportunity to develop new skills and knowledge
If you are interested in becoming a Parent Carer Champion please contact your local Family Practitioner.