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Mental Health Awareness Week: walking in nature

  As part of Mental Health Awareness Week, our Young Healthwatch Westminster volunteers have been reflecting on the theme of nature and mental wellbeing.   Today, our volunteer Aaniya writes about walking, reflecting, and finding nature in the city:   During the first lockdown I went for a walk almost every single day. Perhaps because …
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Mental Health Awareness Week: a poem

  This week is Mental Health Awareness Week across the UK. This year, the theme for the week is nature. Our Young Healthwatch Westminster volunteers have been reflecting on the topic of mental health and nature. Over the next few days, we are sharing some of their reflections.   First up, our brilliant volunteer Ava …
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Conversations in a Zoom-led world…

Hello, I’m Laura and I look after the Voice Exchange project.   The project was commissioned by Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust (CNWL) to explore ideas about the future of mental health services in Westminster and Kensington & Chelsea. When we launched the project back in January, I have to admit I …
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How our Small Grants Programme helped community organisations in 2020

  In January 2020, we launched our Small Grants Programme – a first of its kind project for our organisation. We wanted to reach people in Westminster and Kensington & Chelsea who find it hardest to be heard in conversations about health and social care. We awarded the recipients of our grant £500 to complete …
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Welcome to the Voice Exchange!

Hello, I’m Laura and I am very excited to be writing this blog to tell you all about our latest project, the Voice Exchange.    Last year, we began chatting with Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust (CNWL) about the future of mental health services in Westminster and Kensington & Chelsea. As champions of lived experience, we know …
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What have we learnt from our recent COVID-19 engagement work with LEGS?

We have published a COVID-19 insight report in collaboration with LEGS. The report highlights the impact of COVID-19 on those who have had a stroke or who are living with a neurological condition.   When the pandemic took hold earlier this year, we wanted to reach people in Westminster and Kensington & Chelsea who are …
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Young Healthwatch Westminster: what have we achieved this year?

2020 has been a busy year for us at Young Healthwatch Westminster. This year we have worked harder than ever to ensure that young people’s voices are heard to influence the design and delivery of mental health services across Westminster. The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated just how important mental health services are. It has also …
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Thank you to everyone who attended our virtual Annual Meeting

Last week we were excited to host our first virtual Annual Meeting.   We brought together over 80 Healthwatch Central West London members, stakeholders, volunteers, staff, trustees, external colleagues and local people to present our annual report and showcase our work during the COVID-19 pandemic. Even though we could not meet in person, we had …
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What have we learnt from recent engagement work on COVID-19?

We have published a COVID-19 insight report in collaboration with Breathe Easy Westminster. The report highlights the impact of COVID-19 on those living with a long-term respiratory condition.   When the pandemic took hold earlier this year, we wanted to reach people in Westminster and Kensington & Chelsea who are under-represented in conversations about health …
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Your experience matters: how have you been affected by the second wave of the COVID-19 outbreak?

This week we have launched an updated version of our survey Coronavirus: Your Experience Matters.   When the pandemic took hold earlier this year, we wanted to hear local people’s views and experiences. We ran focus groups and interview sessions with local groups and launched our first survey to give people the opportunity to talk …
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