Young carers working with Healthwatch Salford

For 5 months at the end of 2015 Salford Young Carers Service & young carers from the Young Carers Board joined forces with members of Salford's Youth Council to work in partnership with Healthwatch Salford to carry out a survey of young peoples emotional wellbeing. the work they produced has been highly commended at the Healthwatch National Network Awards. The Children & Young People Emotional Wellbeing & Mental Health Project gathered the views and experiences of over 400 local people under the age of 25.

HWS Chief Officer Delana Lawson said “It’s great to receive national recognition for our work around emotional wellbeing and mental health and to engage with so many young people. We would like to thank all of the young people involved in our project as well as Salford Carers Centre, Salford City Council, Salford CCG and Healthwatch England.”

On attending the awards ceremony HWS Engagement Officer Kathryn Cheetham added “we really enjoyed the conference and it provided a space for positive networking with other local Healthwatch”.

HWS are hoping to come together with other Healthwatch groups regarding this work later in the year to share the learning from this project, with the intention of Healthwatch England projecting the recommendations nationally and influencing mental health and wellbeing services in a positive way.