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1st Leeds Hospital Guides & Scouts unit at Leeds Children's Hospital16 Dec 20161st Leeds Hospital Guides & Scouts unit at Leeds Children's Hospital

Yesterday we had a fabulous event to mark the launch of the 1st Leeds Hospital Guides & Scouts unit.

Members of the guiding and scouting community joined Leeds Children's Hospital staff and patients for the launch, which was also featured live on Made in Leeds TV

The unit - a joint venture between the 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 and play teams

Meetings will be starting 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 LTHT, 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.”

Any patient families interested in joining 1st Leeds Hospital Guides & Scouts can ask on their ward for more details.
 
  

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