ACTIVE - our children and young people’s board

Want to make a difference for kids at Addenbrooke’s? Got any bright ideas? Aged 8-18 years? Why not join ACTIVE?

Who are we?

We are children and young people just like you. Some of us are or have been patients, some of us are thinking about working in a medical career, some of us are just interested and want to make a difference.

The key idea for ACTIVE is that no one knows what a child wants or needs better than a child. Zoe, ACTIVE leadership aged 16

What do we do?

Here are some of the things our members have told us they enjoy doing:

  • making a difference for children in hospital
  • having an input - sharing your ideas and work on projects and seeing them come to life
  • visiting around the hospital to learn how things work
  • working with hospital staff and learning about their jobs
  • developing your personality and taking opportunities for personal development
  • socialising, playing games, having a laugh with new friends
  • being as involved as you wish

Recent projects include:

  • producing child friendly information for children coming to the hospital
  • improving waiting areas for children and young people all around the hospital
  • working on getting children’s feedback about their experiences as patients
  • getting involved with patient led assessments of hospital wards/clinics
  • Teens in Hospital project

When do we meet?

ACTIVE meetings are held at Addenbrooke’s Hospital eight times a year. Four are on Wednesday evenings and four are on Saturday afternoons.  

How do I join?

If you would like to become a member or if you have any questions, please email



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