The University of Derby hosts special event for young people with liver disease
Students from the University of Derby played a key part in putting on a unique event for young people with liver disease.
The Weekender, organised by Children’s Liver Disease Foundation (CLDF), took place on the Britannia Mill campus during the summer break. Young people (aged 16 – 24) travelled from across the UK to take part in the event, which included workshops on living independently, emotional wellbeing and employment rights, as well as the opportunity to meet and have fun with others who live with liver disease. They were even joined by Justin Grace, British Cycling’s Head Sprint Coach who received a life-saving liver transplant himself last year.
The University of Derby provided more than just the venue. Students from the Health and Social Care and Youth Work courses helped design and plan the event and were on hand throughout the event to ensure it ran smoothly.
“Childhood liver disease is rare and there is no cure, so being a young person with liver disease can be really tough,” explained Alison Taylor, Chief Executive of Children’s Liver Disease Foundation. “The CLDF Weekender was an opportunity to bring young people together, help address some of the issues they are facing at this stage in their lives and enable them to provide meaningful support to each other.
“The University was an excellent venue for us to do this and we are so grateful to the students who gave their time to help make it happen. We have had great feedback from the young people who took part and are already looking at how we can make this even bigger and better next year!”
Photo caption: Justin Grace, British Cycling’s Head Sprint Coach (centre) took part in the CLDF Weekender, a chance for young people with liver disease to get together and have fun.