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Youth governors have their say

19 February 2016

Health Care

Southend Hospital’s council of governors are constantly looking at ways for the Trust membership to better reflect the local population. One of those ways is by encouraging younger members to join and ensure their opinions are heard.

At the last informal governor meeting the governors were joined by two of the three sixth form pupils from Southend High School for Girls who have volunteered to be Youth Governors.

Elinor Wright, Sarah-Jayne Glew and Emily Godsafe, all 18, hope that by attending board meetings and governor groups they can get a better understanding of how the hospital is run as well as learn new skills for their career aspirations.

Emily, who is currently studying English language, English literature and Geography A-levels, said: "I want to be a speech and language therapist and I thought it was a good idea to get a better understanding of the hospital and the different disciplines that work together." 

Elinor, who is currently studying Geography, Politics and Maths A-levels, said: "I thought it would be a rewarding thing to do and it's a chance to sit in on board meetings and experience the business world. I hope to get a better understanding of how the hospital is run from the information gathered at meetings rather than what you hear in the media.

Ambitious Elinor hopes to go to university later this year to study international relations and then work for either an aid agency or the UN.

Governors Les Catley, Joe Cooke and Barbara Oliver were grateful for both girls attending, adding: "The girls are currently busy preparing for their A-level exams but they still made the time to meet with us at the hospital.  Their contribution was very insightful and we hope they found it useful to discuss the latest hospital issues."