CLIC Sargent, the cancer support charity for children and young people, has been given a prestigious participation award.
The charity received the Gold Hear By Right award from the National Youth Agency.
The award provides organisations that put children and young people’s voices at the heart of service delivery and development with the opportunity to gain national recognition for their achievements.
The award is evaluated at three levels, bronze, silver and gold, with CLIC Sargent achieving the very highest level.
Kate Lee, Chief Executive of CLIC Sargent, said: “We are delighted to have been given this fantastic award for something that is so important to us – putting the children and young people we support at the very centre of our organisation.
“CLIC Sargent is committed to fighting for young lives struck by cancer, even when they feel like they can’t. But it is also very important that we take what they tell us about the impact of cancer on their lives to governments, service providers and policy makers to improve things and make real change happen.”
The charity was praised for its regular meetings with a participation group made up of young people affected by cancer and its vibrant online community. Particular praise was given to the decision to appoint a young cancer survivor, Jason Loo, as a trustee, as this ‘enables young people to directly engage with decision making procedures’.
Jason said: “I am thrilled to be a trustee but I do recognise the responsibility I have. I want to make sure other young people have the same support that I had and reach those who aren’t getting any help.
“CLIC Sargent’s work makes a massive difference; I’ve seen the impact of the charity first-hand on my life and those around me.”
Paul Miller, National Youth Agency chief executive, said: “Involving young people in decision-making is vital to ensuring their voice shapes service delivery and provision meets their needs.
“Many congratulations on achieving the Gold Hear by Right award, which really demonstrates your commitment to young people’s active involvement within your organisation.”