Young People

YPAGne – We are a group of young people who meet once a month to review many different types of research that is aimed at children and young people. NIHR kindly fund our catering and travel expenses.

YPAGne launched in 2015 and currently has over 45 active members aged 13-18. Some of us have experienced care in a hospital setting, some of us have experience of living with a condition or disability but many of us have a general interest in learning about health and research.

We meet on a Thursday evening at the RVI hospital in Newcastle upon Tyne. Each meeting has four slots where researchers will present their study and we offer support and feedback. We also take part in other activities, such as quality improvement for wards and departments in the hospital and attend events, symposiums and conferences that promote young person involvement in research.

If you are interested in joining YPAGne please contact Jo Ball at

YPAGne is part of a national group, Generation R Alliance. Working with other YPAGs across the country on projects and initiatives involving Young people in research and health. To find out more click on the website below.

What if you could reshape the mental health of children and young people?

The Young People’s Network is made up of young people aged 13 to 24 interested in mental health. By joining, you’ll hear about the latest opportunities to get directly involved in mental health research, either with McPin or our partners. Signing up is free – and it’s easy too. We’ll send involvement opportunities directly to your inbox. No previous experience of research is required

Volunteering opportunities for young people aged 16+ follow the link below.