Written by

Gus Mensah

I was one of the original members of the team when the Bristol branch was formed in 2014. When I found out about StreetDoctors I was so eager to get involved and since joining, I haven’t looked back since. The work that StreetDoctors does is so crucial and important and goes so much further than just teaching first aid.
We empower these young people to know the potential they have, and how they can help others, as well as themselves. I love what StreetDoctors stands for and I’m proud to be part of a charity of amazing individuals who want to change the world that they live in, and really make a difference in the lives of others.

Robert McKenzie

I joined street doctors 2 years ago, when the Leicester team was first set up. I originally joined because I thought StreetDoctors was an interesting way to teach first aid to a vulnerable group of young people, but since then have discovered that it is so much more. Joining the charity was a great decision and I am excited for the year ahead, working with new teaching partners and  delivering our teaching to more young people across Leicester.

Colette Cook

I helped set up the Cardiff branch of StreetDoctors this year and am thoroughly enjoying the challenge! I am a firm believer in what StreetDoctors stands for which is delivering first aid on a level which is interactive, memorable and involving of the young people who need it most. I am looking forward to expanding further and reaching as many young people around the Cardiff area to instil in them the confidence to make a change

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.

Dr Rochelle Pierre

Born and raised in Hackney, I am now an FY2 doctor in London. I joined the East London team in my first year of medical school in 2011.

Having grown up around youth violence and witnessing the struggles that many of the young people face, particularly in Hackney, I was eager to get involved with StreetDoctors. I have always wanted to give back to my community and help young people, and this has provided me with the perfect opportunity to do so.

StreetDoctors is an amazing charity which provides a means of empowering young people, and I am very proud to be a part of it. I joined the board of trustees in 2014 hoping to be a voice for both the volunteers and the young people we teach. Although I still have a lot to learn I am thoroughly enjoying it and looking forward to reaching out to many more young people and being a positive influence in their lives.

Outside of Street Doctors my secret love is playing Basketball.

Dr Emma Brooks

I have been involved with StreetDoctors since 2012 and have volunteered for a number of years as part of the Sheffield team. I have remained part of the organisation because I believe that we make a real difference to the lives of young people. I still feel warm and fuzzy inside when I hear stories of young people that have used skills taught during a StreetDoctors session to save a life – there is no greater reason for what our volunteers do than than this. I am looking forward to increasing the number of young people we teach and watching our impact grow.