Five ALPHA members (Emily, Paige, Jonathan, Bethan and Sophie) represented ALPHA at the UKCRC Public Health Research Centres of Excellence Conference in July 2013. During their presentation, they described the importance of involving young people in research, drawing on their rights under Article 12 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. They also provided an insight into how ALPHA is run in DECIPHer, and some top tips for others wanting to start a young people’s advisory group.
The young people also highlighted the importance of working with ALPHA when developing a bid for research funding, so they can help researchers decide where they can be involved throughout the project. Another advantage to this is that ALPHA costs can be covered in the bid, making the group sustainable long term.