The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Guides and Scouts come to Leeds Children's Hospital

13 December 2016

Volunteers from Girlguiding and Scouting are welcoming young patients from Leeds Children’s Hospital and their siblings aged 5 - 14 years old every Monday at a new Guide & Scout unit at Clarendon Wing.

scouts6a.JPGThe unit - a joint venture between Leeds Children’s Hospital, Central Yorkshire Scouts and Girlguiding Leeds - already has a rota of over 20 volunteers who will organise fun and adventure for any young patient staying on any of the hospitals’ wards along with members of the nursing team.

The team held a launch event to celebrate the opening on 12 December before starting weekly meetings every Monday evening in January.

Young patients will be able to join in whether they’ve been involved in Girlguiding or Scouting before or not, and the unit can help them find a unit to join near home once they leave.

Laura Stubbs, Leader In Charge of 1st Leeds Hospital Guides & Scouts said: “I’ve been a leader for ten years and a few of our young members spoke to me about missing the Girlguiding or Scouting experience while they were in hospital.

“There are several successful hospital units already running in the UK and they’ve been a huge help to us - it felt only right that we should extend into Leeds Children’s Hospital, which look after young patients from all over Yorkshire and beyond. We’ve been overwhelmed with support from Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, our volunteers and fundraisers and those who have donated resources.”

Celia McKenzie, Deputy Head of Nursing for Leeds Children’s Hospital, said:  “Everyone at the Children’s Hospital is thrilled that the guides and scouts are going to be providing activities on site for our young patients and their siblings.  No child wants to be in hospital but when they need our care we want to provide activities and an environment that is as fun and stimulating as possible.

“The guide and scout activities perfectly complement the great work of our play leaders, our hospital school team and our Youth Forum in providing a range of opportunities to have fun, make friends and develop at the same time as being looked after on our wards.  This is an exciting development and we can’t wait for the group to get off the ground.”

Ian Hill, County Commissioner for Central Yorkshire Scouts added: “It’s great to have Girlguiding & Scouting working together to create this unique group for the young people here. Just because you’re in hospital, doesn’t mean you should miss out on opportunities like this and we’re looking forward to bringing all the usual Girlguiding and Scouting fun such as camping, practical projects and earning badges.”

Any families of inpatients interested in joining 1st Leeds Hospital Guides & Scouts can ask on their ward for more details. If you’d like to find out how you can support the unit you can visit their website at www.leedshospitalguides.com