Make-A-Wish UK recruits Children’s Board

Posted on 4th Feb 2020

The children’s charity Make A Wish® UK is putting young people at the beating heart of its activities by setting up a Children and Young People’s Board.

Make-A-Wish is recruiting eight young people from all over the UK* who are aged between 11 and 20 and who have been granted a wish in the past two years, to form the first STARboard.

The group will each represent a nation or region of the UK and help make decisions that shift the charity’s focus from being child-focused to one that is child-led.

The creation of STARboard is part of the charity’s mission to ensure every wish has a life-enhancing, positive impact on each Wish Child and their family.

It will draw on the expertise of former wish children who are best placed to offer insights on how wishes can be improved, based on their own experience.

Recruitment for the board has just begun and it closes on March 4th with the first meeting scheduled to take place on May 16th in Reading. The commitment involves two further meetings this year at different locations around the country.

Members of STARboard will provide a voice for wish children to inform the charity’s decision making, future strategy and their development of the wish journey – from the day volunteers visit them at home or in hospital, to the day their wish becomes a reality.

Not only that, being a member of STARboard will present children with the opportunity to enjoy themselves, meet other wish children and gain experience in public speaking and making decisions.

Jenny Cook, Director of Wishgranting, said: “The charity has recently experienced unprecedented demand, with approximately 1,700 children turning to us for a wish between July – November 2019 alone.

“With the charity in a period of growth and demand at an all-time high, there has never been a better time to bring the voices of children to the forefront of our work.

“Not only will STARboard revolutionise the way that Make A Wish operates, it will help former wish children stay connected to a charity that granted their wish when they most needed it”.

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*The areas will be split as follows: Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, North, East, South, South West of England, Central and West Midlands.

Media contact

Joanne Porter
joanne.porter@makeawish.org.uk
07739 661320
Make-A-Wish UK, 7th Floor, Thames Tower, Station Road, Reading, RG1 1LX

About Make-A-Wish UK

Make-A-Wish was established in the UK in 1986 to provide the opportunity for children aged 3-17 yrs, who have been diagnosed with a critical illness, to choose and plan a special experience when so much else is dictated to them by medical treatment. A wish provides hope, something positive to look forward to and the chance to be a child first and a patient second. 

The organisation, based in Reading, receives no Government funding - registered charity numbers 295672 in England and SC037479 in Scotland - and currently has 2,000 wishes on hold because of the coronavirus.

Notes to editors

As some children and young people are not made aware of the exact nature of their diagnosis and to respect families’ own approach to their situation, we ask that the phrase ‘terminally ill’ is not used and that terms like critical or serious illness are used instead.  

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