A TEENAGER who has spent the last few years rubbing shoulders with executives at Sheffield Children’s Hospital is urging other young people to become governors.
Olivia Mangle was thrilled when she received the call asking her to sign up to the role of governor.
The 18-year-old has been a patient and volunteer across countless departments in the hospital for many years – a position which has seen her sit with very sick children and meet fantastic doctors.
But when she was approached by the hospital’s lead governor, she realised she could go a step further and help right at the top.
Olivia, from Sheffield, said: “The care is fantastic.
“I think we’re really lucky to have a specialist children’s hospital and to be a governor is a real honour.”
She sits on the Council of Governors, helping make decisions about the trust’s future, attending events and helping sign up members.
Members of the public can also go to Olivia with ideas, comments about services or news.
“Giving my time to be an important part of the structure of the hospital means a lot to me – it’s a very responsible role,” she said.
”You can become a governor like me. Don’t hesitate to do it because you won’t regret helping yourself and other people. It’s also great to have it on your CV.”
Two public governor positions are now vacant in the Doncaster and Rotherham areas, with elections for the posts due to take place between March and May.
Chris Sharratt, chief executive at the hospital, said: “Our Governors are extremely important in the workings of our hospital.
“They help us to keep in touch with the public, and help to shape the future of our services which in these economic times is vital.
“The children who come here get an excellent service, one of the best in the country, and you can be part of that by becoming a governor.”
To find out more about the positions email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01142 260678.
Applicants must be over 16 and a resident in the relevant area.
They must also be trust members which is available for free by signing up at www.sheffieldchildrens.nhs.uk.