Written by

Lilly Kessler

I joined StreetDoctors as a fresh-faced first year in 2015 and happily took on the role as team leader in 2016. I absolutely love the philosophy behind the organisation, and I am proud to work in such a great team. For me StreetDoctors is not just about the teaching, it is about building life-long relationships with the local community and establishing Warwick Medical School as part of that. First year was made 100x better because of StreetDoctors and I’ve truly made some life-long friends.

I can’t wait to see what the next year has in store!

Matt Dawson

I joined Street doctors 3 years ago in my first year of medical school and have since taught multiple sessions in Hackney and Newham to ‘at risk’ young people. During my time at Street Doctors I’ve worked to teach life saving skills to young people who unfortunately often have first hand experience of violence, never judging or moralising their behaviour but seeking to reduce harm.

Making bad decisions doesn’t make you a bad person!

Rachel Austin

I have been involved with StreetDoctors North London since its humble beginnings in 2013. Since then, we have taught over one hundred young people in pupil referral units, youth offending teams, youth clubs and Feltham prison; our efforts were recently recognised when we won the UCL Volunteering Society of the Year 2015-16. Volunteering with StreetDoctors is so rewarding and gives a real sense of making a difference to a disillusioned and hard-to-reach demographic. There’s nothing quite like hearing a young person talk about their experiences of gang crime, and then being able to equip them with the skills to potentially help a friend or stranger in the future. I hope to be involved in StreetDoctors for many years to come.

Sanjan Duttagupta

This is my third year of volunteering and I’m looking forward to the year ahead as team leader of the Newcastle branch. Being part of StreetDoctors is an incredibly enriching experience: we are given the opportunity to make a difference to the lives of young people and also work as part of a great, nation-wide team. I’m excited to see how the Newcastle branch and the charity as a whole grow in the future!

Jade Bunsie

This is my 3rd year volunteering for Street Doctors and I have thoroughly enjoyed being part of such a dynamic society. As well as being a brilliant society for the young people we help,  I feel it is a truly enriching (and fun) experience for us as volunteers too.

I’ve loved being part of the Leeds team over this past two years and I hope as many of our members leave –  to become doctors and taken on other roles around the country – I hope the team is able to remain strong and energised to tackle any new challenges we may encounter and continue empowering the young people we teach.