25 October 2017 - Visit to Northampton General Hospital (NGH)
On Wednesday 25 October, some of the members of Young Healthwatch visited Northampton General Hospital's Children's ward. The aim of the visit was to see what is working well and suggest some changes that could improve hospital stays for children and young people. The visit was a success and the Young Healthwatch members are currently writing a report which will be made public soon.
A big thank you to everyone who attended our YHW Relaunch! The day was filled with a lot of insightful advice, a new chair-person was appointed, and our young people got to learn a lot of new skills including how to paint a canvas and how to make a raft!
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4 October 2016 - Engaging with Children and Young People Masterclass
Healthwatch Northamptonshire and Young Healthwatch Northamptonshire recently held a Masterclass about Engaging with Children and Young People for the East Midlands Academic Health Sciences Network (EMAHSN).
It was great to see new and old faces, here are some photographs from the event:
16 January 2016 - Young Healthwatch Northamptonshire Eating Disorder Workshop
In January 2016 Young Healthwatch Northamptonshire held a workshop for young people to design a questionnaire about eating disorders to use with other young people. The young people came up with some really good ideas about the types of question we should include in the survey. They also had some excellent ideas about how we should publicise the questionnaire and gave us some useful insights into how best to engage with other young people.
The workshop took place at the Frontier Centre in Irthlingborough followed by lunch and then the young people had the chance to try out the climbing facilities at the centre, under the excellent instruction of Rock UK. The young people showed fantastic skills in climbing and teamwork. Every young person exceeded their personal goals with one young person reaching the top of the climbing wall.
Eight young people attended our Saturday workshop and helped to design a survey on eating disorders, which would be suitable to use with other young people to find out what their views and experiences of eating disorders are. The group thought of some really good questions and were able to tell us the best ways to talk and engage with young people on this subject.
As a thank you to the young people who attended the workshop we arranged a climbing session using the facilities provided by Rock UK at the New Frontier Centre. The young people showed very good team working and excellent climbing skills. All the young people pushed themselves beyond their personal goals both on the sloping wall and on the more difficult two stage wall.
18 February 2015 - Young People’s Wellbeing Conference
Kettering Conference Centre -18 February 2015
Healthwatch Northamptonshire’s Young People’s Conference was planned and designed to be a positive and fun day to enable young people to engage and debate with other young people and professionals about health and wellbeing issues. We had 141 people attend the conference giving their views on health and social care services for young people in Northamptonshire. To read the conference report click here. To view the Easy Read conference report click here.
Healthwatch Northamptonshire and the Young Leaders launched "A Report on a Survey of Young People’s Wellbeing in Northamptonshire".
Thank you to everyone who came to this event and helped to make it a great success. We had 141 people attend the conference and give their views on health and social care services for young people within Northamptonshire.
One young person left us this comment “great range of presentations, groups and speakers, great attendance from young people who are so passionate about local services”.
One feature of the conference was the question time panel made up of decision makers from health and social care. The tables of young people asked the panel some very searching questions on how they provide health and social care services to young people. One young person commented “I think having a panel was really good to make sure something happens after this rather than just talking”.
After lunch the young people took part in fun activities including:
Arts and Crafts.
Big Brother Style Video Room
The market place ran all day enabling young people to pick up useful information.
We are in the process of putting together all the views and experiences you shared with us and will produce a report soon. We will also keep you up-to-date on the development of a Young people’s Healthwatch. Keep an eye on our website and on social media for details of our future work with young people.