Young Healthwatch Westminster

Who are we?

We are a small community of young volunteers who live, work or study in Westminster. We share a hunger for our voices are heard in the design and delivery of the health and well-being  services we use. We think it’s crucial that all young people know about their rights, are aware of all the services that are out there and that we all exercise our right to be heard!

 

What do we do?

  • Have our say and become part of the decision-making process
  • Speak to other young people to gather their views about what health issues and services are important to them.
  • Learn more about our rights
  • Get involved in local health and wellbeing events and activities
  • Get valuable work experience

Our role is to influence better health and wellbeing and improve local services. We report our findings to decision makers to help to affect positive change to services.

 

If you are professional interested in working with Young Healthwatch Westminster, please email Alex on alex.weston@healtwatchcentralwestlondon.org or call  on 020 8968 7049.

We work with organisations who are active in improving local health, and we’re always reaching out to new people in our commitment to this. Follow us and keep an eye out for updates and news on upcoming events on twitter – our handle is @HealthwatchCWL and our dedicated Instagram  page – @yhwwestminster

Click here to read our full Young Healthwatch report that was published in October 2019.

 

How do I join?

If you are aged between 14 and 25 and live, work or study in Westminster, you can apply by completing the application form in the Supporting Documents section at the bottom of this page. Once completed, please send it to Alex on alex.weston@healthwatchcentralwestlondon.org

If you have any questions, please email Alex on or call us on 020 8968 7049.

Our Current Project

We are preparing to carry out research where we will be capturing the experiences of young people who are accessing local CAMHS services with focus groups and a survey. Alongside this, we are currently designing a survey to probe the awareness of mental health – and the available services – with young people in all walks of life. Our findings will be passed onto decision makers with the hope of influencing policy. Our young volunteers will be given training to make this project as impactful as possible in:

 

  • Campaigning

  • Enter & View
  • Safeguarding
  • Media skills

 

COVID-19 response

Although, as with everybody, our workplan has been disrupted due to the coronavirus outbreak, we are still running weekly online drop-in meetings for our volunteers to discuss how we can support  young people manage their wellbeing during this crisis. We are pushing forward with the mental health survey (mentioned above) that we will publish digitally very soon; we have started a COVID-19 blog series to offer advice and guidance from young people, to young people, and we will continue to generate and develop more resources for young people.

Who have we worked with?

We have worked with an abundance of organisations including Insight, St Andrew’s Youth Club and many, many more including….

Supporting Documents

Application Form

Handbook

Leaflet