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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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Young Healthwatch Westminster Blog: Mental Health at Work

In this blog post one of our senior volunteers, Rupert, talks you through his experience at work, the challenges he faced and, how he has managed his wellbeing.  “I have been working in my current job since August 2019, and it also happens to be my first job since university. I think inevitably any new …
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Young Healthwatch Westminster Blog: Self Care Week

Meet Ava, one of our newest young volunteers, and passionate advocate of empowering young people to speak about mental health. To mark Self Care Week, Ava has written a blog entry to give you an insight into her world, and to offer some tips for other young people out there. “I think sometimes it is …
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Improving public health messaging: what we have learnt from recent engagement work

At the moment, awareness of public health messaging is particularly important. A key part of our role at Healthwatch Central West London is raising awareness of Government and NHS public health messaging and working to ensure these messages are available to everybody.   When the pandemic took hold earlier this year, we began running focus …
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How the pandemic is changing the training we offer

At Healthwatch Central West London, the way we carry out our work has changed substantially over the past eight months. We are not in the office anymore and have not been since March. We are not even all in the same country at the moment – with some of us working remotely as far away …
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Young Healthwatch Westminster mental health session with the Youth Councils

  On the 3rd of November, Young Healthwatch Westminster (YHWW) brought together Westminster Youth Council and Kensington & Chelsea Youth Council for the first – of hopefully many – future bi-borough meetings. In attendance, with the Youth Council members was the Westminster lead, Shofa, as well as, Reginald and Hasheam who lead the RBKC Youth …
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