Young People 'Takeover' CWP
Young people in Cheshire and Wirral joined the ‘Takeover Challenge’ by working alongside healthcare staff and sharing their views on local mental health services.
The scheme took place as part of the national Takeover Challenge campaign, which runs throughout November and is funded by The Children’s Commissioner.
Dozens of young people who have accessed our services enjoyed a number of engagement events before attending a ‘Takeover Day’ at Cheshire View in Chester.
CWP’s fourth annual Takeover Challenge included arts and crafts sessions in Wirral and Macclesfield, as well as a World Mental Health Day ‘Bake-Off’ event in Crewe to raise money for Children in Need.
Teenagers in Winsford and Chester also visited CWP sites to quiz staff on recent developments to services for young people.
The groups then came together to celebrate a Takeover Day where a range of local services offering mental health support for children and adolescents showcased their work with young people over the last 12 months. The day finished with young people hosting a question and answer session alongside Trust senior management.
CWP Director of Operations Andy Styring was part of the panel which answered questions on early intervention, waiting times, person-centred care, involvement, challenging stigma, resources and education. He said: “Nobody knows our services better than the people who use them, and so it is particularly important to get their views and suggestions.
“This is especially important when dealing with young people as they often view things in different ways so can provide some really useful insight for us as a Trust.
“We’ve had some great suggestions from the young people here today and hopefully this feedback will help to further develop and improve local services.”
Joe Sealey, 19, from Tarporley, was one of the Trust’s Young Advisors hosting the event, having previously used CWP mental health services in Cheshire. He said: “It’s brilliant that CWP puts on events like this so that young people can have a say in the services they use.
“This year’s Takeover Challenge provided a really good platform for young people to address the big issues, and to get answers directly from the people managing services.”
CWP delivers Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) across Cheshire and Wirral. The Trust has also signed up to the government’s ‘Future in Mind’ campaign which aims to transform the way CAMHS are delivered nationally.
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Photo: CWP Young Advisors Joe Sealey and Beth Saunders at the Takeover Challenge event in Chester; Young people enjoy arts and crafts activities as part of CWP's 'Takeover Day'