Saturday 25th January 2020

Making a Difference!

Introducing Molly - our very own Greta Thunberg.

"Help the life of one person and you can help the community." Steven Sawalich

Molly is part the of Alder Hey Children’s Hospital youth forum, which gives children and young people, patients and non-patients a voice in our local community, hospital and the NHS

In April, Molly had the honour of interviewing Simon Stevens (CEO of the NHS) and Dido Harding at the 2019 Youth Voice summit and also she had the opportunity to attend and speak at NHS EXPO 2019, in Manchester. This is one of the biggest NHS events of the year and Molly was also one of youngest to attend and speak at this event.

Also recently, Molly had the honour of being the youngest guest speaker at the National Royal General Practitioners Conference (GPS) a huge honour, Molly gave an excellent presentation about her journey with the Anfield Sports and Community centre and Alder Hey youth forum. Molly also expressed how this work had help her with extending her confidence, emotional intelligence and social skills,

Speaking at the National Royal General Practitioners Conference, Molly described this as a very emotive experience and I can honestly say did bring tears to the room”.

“I spoke about the need, importance and urgency to listen to what young people have to say” as I believe “children and young people’s voices are just as important as adults”. Molly added, “Thanks to these amazing projects I have conquered so many challenges and had countless opportunities and have made some incredible friends along the way”.

Our photos show Molly doing her presentation in Liverpool and Manchester.

Short Q&A with Molly.

What do you hope to have achieved in the next 5 years?

Firstly, I want to do well in my GCSE studies, then I want to go on and study sociology and psychology. Ultimately, my aim is to work at the wonderful Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.

Who has been your inspiration?

My friends, my family and the wonderful people at Anfield Community Centre, who by their example have shown me that you should give back to your community and always try to make a difference for the better.

What are the most important lessons you have learnt so far in your life?

You can take action to challenge, change and voice opinions that in the end make a difference to people around you, but you must not be deterred by the world around you.

What would you say to young people growing up in Liverpool today?

Do not be afraid to voice your opinion, get involved in something that helps others even if it is outside your comfort zone.

Many thanks Molly and very best wishes for the years ahead.

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