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What have we learnt from recent engagement work on COVID-19?

Next week we publish 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 …
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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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Learning lessons from the lockdown: how we use technology

As we adapt to living with COVID-19 long-term, technology has become increasingly central to how many of us communicate. With opportunities for face-to-face interaction limited, technology like video calling software has provided somewhat of an alternative. From doctors’ appointments to family catchups, how we communicate, receive information, and interact with others has changed considerably.   …
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Young Healthwatch Westminster Blog: CNWL’s One Community Radio

Last Friday, my fellow Young Healthwatch Westminster volunteers and I had the pleasure of making our debut appearance on CNWL’s One Community Radio Show. This was a fantastic opportunity to promote our newly released survey as part of our on-going project to improve accessibility to young people’s mental health services in Westminster. We had been …
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Young people’s views and experiences of mental health in Westminster

Despite the numerous anxieties and challenges swirling around us, the young volunteers that make up Young Healthwatch Westminster have consistently displayed the hunger, enthusiasm, and critically, dedication to keep showing up for video calls and to keep pushing forward in their pursuit of giving young people a louder voice in the design and delivery of …
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