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Meet the new Chair of Young Healthwatch Northamptonshire!
We would like to introduce you to the new Young Healthwatch Northamptonshire Chair - Tanzi Chaudhury
Tanzi has been a part of Young Healthwatch Northamptonshire for three years and here is what she has to say about her new position!
"I wanted to be the chair so I could have more of an active role within the group. I have a keen interest in mental health. I have developed this interest further with Young Healthwatch and will continue to do so. I have implemented many of the things learned from Healthwatch to my school life. I am currently the Vice-president at school and currently working to create mental health communities. Attending events such as the Young Minds conference allowed me to gain a fresh perspective of people suffering from mental health conditions. This has allowed me to help many of my friends when they needed emotional support and guidance. The most important skill that I can offer to the team is my listening skills. No matter how big or small, I'll listen. I wanted to be chair not so I can lead but so others can step up. Everybody has obstacles that may stop them from reaching their full potential but if I can, I would like to be a helping hand to empower young people and that is Young Healthwatch Northamptonshire's purpose, to empower young people and get their voice heard. I wanted to be a part of that and that's why I joined. I want to be chair so our team can help lead this change."
Young Healthwatch celebrate their astonishing achievements
Our Young Healthwatch volunteers celebrated winning the Investing in Children (IiC) award! This was a great way to acknowledge their great achievements so far, alongside with their parents and carers.
They were also joined by the IiC Senior Project Worker, Ellie, and some of the partners that we have worked with so far. And of course, there was lots of pizza and cake, as well as the new hoodies that were kindly donated to our inspirational young people.
We're sure you'll agree, hoodies look great and we can't stop saying how proud we are of our young people and their astonishing work with regards to making a difference in health and social care locally. Read our press release to find out more about the Investing in Children and the fact that our young people were the first volunteering group in the county to get this award.
Young Healthwatch Northamptonshire is the first group in the county to win the Investing in Children Award!
This is a massive achievement for all the inspirational young people involved with Healthwatch Northamptonshire! Since its original launch in February 2015, Young Healthwatch Northamptonshire (YHW) has been making sure that young voices are being heard in the county.
“I became involved because I wanted to be part of making changes in services to young people.”-Young Healthwatch Northamptonshire member.
“Before I joined Young Healthwatch, I could see the influence it had in making changes to the health services. Now I am a member of this group. I have a particular interest in cancer care for young people.”- said Moriam, the YHW Chair.
By tackling issues around health and social care, young people between the ages of 11 to 24 have made an outstanding impact locally. Their proactive approach, innovative ideas and passion for creating positive change has proved that young people in Northamptonshire shouldn’t be afraid to speak up and shape the health and social care services that are important to them.
In their report, Investing in Children said: “It was a real pleasure to meet members of Young Healthwatch Northamptonshire. They have carried out research, conducted surveys, produced reports, met with and challenged service providers to improve the outcomes for children and young people accessing health and social care services.”
Recently the young people have visited Northampton General Hospital as a part of their work plan, where they met with healthcare professionals and talked to the patients to see if there is anything that could be improved on the children’s wards. As a result, they have produced a report which can be accessed here. They also recently produced a report about eating disorders to find out if young people have enough support.
But, their projects won’t stop there! Soon, they will launch a mental health survey to look at the emotional wellbeing of Northamptonshire youngsters and assess if more should be done to help them.
Kate Holt, CEO of Healthwatch Northamptonshire said: “We are extremely proud of our young people’s achievement. To get national recognition like this one from such an inspiring organisation as Investing in Children, clearly shows that we are going in the right direction. Our young volunteers are the driving force of our organisation, and we couldn’t be happier with the positive impact they are making. This award ensures that as an organisation we continue to put young people at the heart of what we do and will hopefully inspire others to involve and listen to young people too.”
Esther Stimpson, Healthwatch Officer and Lead for Young Healthwatch Northamptonshire added: “We are so proud of everything that our young volunteers have achieved and we will continue to work with them to ensure that their voice is heard when it comes to health and social care. Young people are vital in services locally as they are the service users of tomorrow. It is important that they know that they are able to have a say in services that affect them and their peers and that they know that their voice really does count and will be heard.”
With over 500 members, the Investing in Children (IiC) is an organisation that provides research and participation services to organisations that work with children and young people, and are committed to their human rights. Visit their website to find out more.
If you want to read the full report from the Investing in Children, it is attached in the document below.
The next Young Healthwatch Northamptonshire meeting will be on Friday 16 February from 2-4pm.
Watch this space for more information, call Esther on 0300 002 0010 or email us.
Young Healthwatch Northamptonshire Heartstart Training with East Midlands Ambulance Service and Young Carers Northamptonshire
Northamptonshire Young Carers and Young Healthwatch Northamptonshire realised that young carers would benefit from the Heartstart training offered by the East Midland Ambulance Service (EMAS). Together we ran a session in March 2017 held at the Northamptonshire Carers office in Wellingborough, attended by 11 young people aged between 11 and 17. The sessions taught valuable life-saving skills such as CPR and how to place someone in the recovery position. The young people that attended all had a great time taking part and had the opportunity to ask questions and share experiences.
There were opportunities for young people to try out some of the skills that had been learnt and at the end of the session they were all presented with a certificate. The feedback at the end of the session was very positive with everyone who took part saying that the training was good or excellent.
“Heartstart has taught me some very valuable lessons that I can apply in my personal life. I can apply the skills I have learnt to anyone as they have taught me how to perform CPR on pregnant women, men, women and children. I have also learned how to aid someone when they are choking, which I think was the most valuable thing I learnt”
“I am 15 years old. Ever since I was young I was always interested in medicine and first aid so when my mum told me about the Young Healthwatch team hosting a Heartstart course I was more than eager to join in. Throughout the evening, I learnt CPR, the recovery position, early signs of a heart attack and so much more about things we should all know in our daily lives. Learning about this at a young age will help in our future lives and being aware health in general. I also mixed and talked to new people and made new friends; everyone was very friendly and approachable, making the evening a lot more relaxed and warm. Overall, I really enjoyed the evening; I learnt new things, made new friends and the warm atmosphere really topped it off. The night made me want to learn more about similar topics and develop a deeper knowledge of them. A great evening surrounded by great people :)”
Child Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) Review, March 2016
Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (NHFT) provides Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) across Northamptonshire.
NHFT wants to find out if recent changes to services for children and young people has improved or if there is still something else we can do to make the service better.
Healthwatch Northamptonshire (HWN) is the independent consumer champion for health and social care in Northamptonshire. HWN ensures that local people have their say about the quality of services.
Over the next few weeks HWN will be asking young people and their families about their recent experience of CAMHS.
Everything you tell Healthwatch Northamptonshire is confidential and only the general themes will be fed back to NHFT. In this way we hope you will feel able to talk freely about your experience of care, including what could be better.
Young People's Eating Disorder Workshop, Jan 2016
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 in Northamptonshire. 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 the Rock UK team.