When Alex Gill first got involved with us as part of the summer NCS programme in 2014, she already had a strong ambition to study medicine and become a doctor in the NHS. She knew that the long road to becoming a doctor is a competitive one and that working with us provided a real opportunity to stand out from the crowd.

Over the next two years, Alex gave up many hours of her spare time to get involved with our projects, including being a lead member of our Youth Approved young inspectors’ team that inspected all 40 GP practices in Wakefield and a local walk-in health centre. As one of our Ambassadors, she steered the young people’s team that developed Wakefield’s groundbreaking Young People’s Safeguarding Charter, organised a joint residential for our Ambassadors and representatives of the young Roma community and went to Prague with our team on a youth work fact-finding mission.

When she achieved her ambition and won her place at Nottingham University to study medicine in 2016, she was told by the course registrars that her experiences with us and the reference we could give about her clear commitment to volunteering had played a decisive part in getting her place. Alex still gives to TYA as one of 6 young people who are trustees on our Board.

Alex and Andy give a keynote speech