CLIC Sargent scoops top participation award

CLIC Sargent, the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people, has achieved a top national award in recognition of its commitment to listen to and act on the views of children and young people.

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The National Youth Agency has handed the charity the Hear by Right Gold Award.

The Hear by Right scheme, which awards Bronze, Silver and Gold prizes, was launched in 2010 to provide organisations that put young people’s voices at the heart of service delivery and development with the opportunity to gain national recognition for their achievements.

CLIC Sargent has been rewarded for its participation work which regularly sees young people sitting on interview panels for important positions in the charity and gets children involved in developing what goes into Shout Out! magazine (which is aimed at 7-13 year olds with cancer).

CLIC Sargent also has two Children and Young People’s Advisory groups for 7-13 and 14-24 year olds respectively. Both groups meet on a quarterly basis to discuss new ideas for the charity with senior managers and trustees, with young people also taking part in other management meetings at the charity.

Lorraine Clifton, CLIC Sargent Chief Executive, said: “We’re delighted to have received the Hear by Right Gold Award. CLIC Sargent is dedicated to listening to children and young people, and this is ingrained in all staff across the charity.

“To be rewarded for this by receiving the Hear by Right Gold Award is fantastic and just recognition for the hard work everyone at the charity has put in. But it doesn’t stop here, moving forward we will continue to listen to children and young people and build on our successes to enable even more children and young people to play an active role in decision making at CLIC Sargent.”

Fiona Blacke, National Youth Agency Chief Executive, said: “Embedding youth participation into the development of services is not only best practice, but also vital to ensuring provision is relevant to local needs.

“CLIC Sargent should be congratulated for developing some truly sector leading practice. The evidence submitted in the charity’s application has been amongst the very best submitted for a Hear by Right award to date.”

15-year-old Mohini Samani, who was supported by CLIC Sargent during her treatment for leukaemia, said: “When I received an invite for CLIC Sargent’s Children & Young People’s Advisory Group I jumped at the opportunity because I wanted to give something back to the organisation that helped me so much – and knowing I was helping influence the way it works was amazing.

“It has been brilliant and I have done so many things I would never have dreamed of. It has helped me grow as a person and I’m so much more confident for it.”

For more information please contact Chris Smith on 0208 752 2938 or email chris.smith@clicsargent.org.uk. Outside office hours please call 08448 481189.

About childhood cancer
Every day 10 children and young people are told they have cancer, and diagnosis usually comes as a shock. Treatment normally starts straightaway and can last up to three years. Although survival rates are over 80%, cancer remains the single largest cause of death from disease in children in the UK.

About CLIC Sargent
CLIC Sargent is the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people. It provides clinical, practical and emotional support for young cancer patients and their families, from diagnosis onwards. For more information visit www.clicsargent.org.uk

Note to sub editors
Please note that the name ‘CLIC Sargent’ should not be abbreviated to CLIC, and that the word ‘CLIC’ should always appear in capitals, as above.  

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