The Trust’s Community Engagement Team set up a Youth Board following a consultation in June 2013. The Board’s main responsibilities are to improve young peoples’ experiences of using the Trust’s services by providing views, recommendations and feedback about services.
The Board, which sits monthly, recognises itself as a voice for young people and operates to ensure services across the Trust are as young people friendly as possible
In its infancy, the Board has:
Set up a mental health subgroup, focussing on CAMHS
Contributed to the Transition project aimed at improving transition between CAMHS to AMHS
Sat on an interview panel to recruit a CAMHS clinician
Laid the foundations for a new young peoples’ website
Taken part in the Trust’s first ever Takeover Day event
Reviewed and scrutinised new information material to go out to young people
Hosted senior staff and colleagues from the Trust
At the moment and in future meetings, the Youth Board’s priorities are:
- focusing on mystery shopping to evaluate the Trust’s services
- promoting awareness of issues such as sexual health and substance misuse in schools.
We feel as though it is vital to promote these matters in a way that shows relevance to young persons to prove that they aren’t safe from sexual health issues – or any other issue – and there is a possibility of their safety being at risk.
"Being in the Youth Board has given me some great opportunities
which I wouldn't have experienced as a school student.
It enables you to suggest ways of improving services for young people.
It's something more for you to add to your CV, which is an extra positive"
How you can benefit
There are lots of personal gains for the young people besides the satisfaction of being a voice for young people in the county. Members have used the Youth Board to improve their CVs and employability, gain new skills and the chance to interview when recruiting staff. The Board serves as an ideal opportunity for young people to bolster their university/ job applications.
Interested in joining?
If you are between 14-24 and you live in an area covered by Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust, please email Mandi.Bishop@hacw.nhs.uk to register your interest and to receive further information.