As a small Charity, Youth@Heart rely on our supporters, donors and volunteers to help enable us to support Youth living with Congenital Heart Disease and their families. This giving Tuesday – we wanted to show you a few ways which you can help support us as a Charity.
1. Become a ‘200 Club’ supporter, where you purchase a heart for £10 for the year – and the lucky receiver can have a chance of winning £30 each month in our draw! These hearts can be gifted and make a perfect Christmas gift – find out more here
2. You could take on a Challenge for us, after the last few years with things being uncertain and more than ever Youth needing our support – could you take on a challenge in 2022 and select us as your Charity? Some fantastic challenge inspiration here like the ‘London Winter Walk’ in January 2022 to ‘The Cotswold Way Challenge’ in June 2022 find out these events and how to sign up here: https://www.actionchallenge.com/
3. Take part in our Winter Raffle, just £2 a ticket and you could be in with a chance of winning some great prizes in time for Christmas ENTER HERE
4. Load the Amazon Smile app – then each time you shop on Amazon you can generate donations for Youth@Heart at no extra cost to you here https://smile.amazon.co.uk/
5. Did you know you can donate, set up your own fundraising pages, start your own raffle or auction through our fundraising wall here: https://www.peoplesfundraising.com/wall/youth-heart-
6. Nominate for the 12 days of giving / just click the link which is already set up to Youth@Heart and add your details to nominate us for a chance to gain a £1000 donation this Christmas
What some of our Youth say
“the impact having someone to talk to about my disabilities and about what’s going on and someone who just gets it has been huge on my mental health. And knowing that there’s someone at the BHI who is looking out for me means so much.”
“since being referred to youth at heart it’s actually been good for me, I never would have trusted a man before and I finished a piece for PTSD the other day wanted to share it with you”.
“thank you for coming to visit me in hospital it 100% made the whole stay a lot easier so thank you”
“Thank you for everything you helped me through. You got me through the toughest parts“
“Having a youth worker has helped me loads with coping and going to uni as well as dealing with the feelings of surgery
“Thank you for supporting me during this difficult time in my life“
What some of our Parents say:
“with Y@H there is a very special & safe place for them to go & confide in, seek help & advice, be listened to & share experiences”
“Looking forward to getting go to know you over the next few years”
“Thank you! You’re a great sounding board!“
“Thank you for your continued support. Means so much.”
Youth@Heart is a Charity who are dedicated to supporting those aged 15 – 24 with Congenital Heart Disease and their families across the South West, South Wales and Gloucestershire.
During 2020 Youth@Heart continued to empower young people and families during COVID, providing just under 1000 points of specialised and tailored support to young people with CHD and their families who needed it, whether as inpatients or outpatients, with 44% of the support given, relating to mental health. As the world starts to reopen and we come out of lockdown, the active support we are able to offer young adults with CHD through our dedicated Youth Workers whether in the hospital or in the community is vital, now more than ever.
Many young people who have benefitted from Youth@Heart go on to be mentors and offer help to others who have been in their position, offering an encouraging network to other young adults with CHD. The Youth Workers provide a friendly, approachable and listening ear, proactively supporting inpatients being based at the Bristol Heart Institute, supporting outpatients and their families within the community – facilitating continuity of care, checking in with people, being a sounding board and even more importantly just being there.
One young person spoke about the boost they had from working with Youth@Heart, particularly from the Youth Worker who was assisting them in hospital, saying “Genuinely the impact of having someone to talk to about my disabilities and about what’s going on, someone who just gets it has been huge on my mental health. And knowing there is someone at the Bristol Heart Institute who is looking out for me means so much”. Equally empowering parents and families has taken on strides at the Charity taking on a Community Youth & Family worker in September 2020. The team focussing on the person and how we can make someone’s situation a little better, by offering our support, a listening ear and by just being there. A parent said “This is the 1st time we’ve truly encountered a group “just for the likes of my M” – something for him, with others that know how it truly feels, to walk in at times lonely & worrying shoes. Young adults can often be forgotten – but here, with Y@H there is a very special and safe place for them to go and confide in, seek help and advice, be listened to and share experiences”
Congenital Heart Disease (CHD) is the no.1 birth defect in the UK, with 1 in 100 babies being born with some kind of heart defect – now with medical advancements and medical support, over 85% of those with CHD are living into adulthood, with very little support having to deal with a life changing condition. Our Youth Workers are here to support young people and their families affected whether in hospital, out in the community or via telephone, zoom and arranging activities and events. Get in touch if you could benefit from support firstname.lastname@example.org
The Charity was set up in memory of Alice, who sadly lost her battle with CHD aged 22. Seeing more young people and families gain the support that Alice wanted others to have is truly fantastic. With the support from places like Globals and other funders, donors and volunteers, we want to ensure that no young adult faces that transition to adulthood with CHD alone. We thank everyone who is making that dream a reality!