Children and Young People's Board

Since our first recruitment in May 2020, STARboard has been our valuable Children and Young People’s Board made up of nine very important members from across the UK.

At Make-A-Wish UK, our aim is to be a child-led organisation. STARboard plays a central role in helping us achieve this.  

We strive to have the young people at the heart of our wishes, be at the heart of our organisation - helping to move Make-A-Wish forward to be the best it can be.

STARboard brings together a group of young people from across the UK who’ve had a wish in the last two years and volunteered to represent their local region and fellow wish families to help Make-A-Wish better serve its communities and achieve its goals. 

A STARboard member’s role is to be the voice of our wish children. From advising the charity on important decisions, to supporting events and being the voice of the charity, there’s lots to do. There’s also opportunities for self-development, learning and socialising!

It's a vital role that's full of exciting opportunities like the ones mentioned below...

Jacob with his sister, Zoe on his wish to visit an aeroplane factory

Jacob with his sister, Zoe on his wish to visit an aeroplane factory

Achievements So Far

October 2021

STARboard have achieved so much influential and valuable work over the last 18 months and continue to do shape the vision and work of Make-A-Wish and wider organisations through their work.

Some of their highlights include: 

  • Individuals chairing the monthly STARboard meetings.
  • Participating in Q&A sessions with corporate partners to improve their understanding of the charity and the impact of a wish.
  • Interviewing candidates for Director positions within Make-A-Wish and feeding back to the CEO on their views.
  • Performing social media takeovers on our channels to raise awareness of a variety of topics and events for the charity.
  • Informing decisions about key fundraising campaigns to increase their effectiveness.
  • Advising companies on how to improve experiences for young people living with illness. 
  • All of this, and more, has been achieved while looking through the valuable and unique lens of a wish child with lived experience and expertise. 

If you’ve got any questions, call us on 01276 40 50 60 or email

Meet the STARboard members