Youngsters have fun at local ‘healthyourself’ event
Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CWP), along with partners Catch22 and Cheshire East Council, hosted a health and well-being event for young people in a very sunny Congleton.
The aim of the event was to raise awareness of health and wellbeing, positive body image and build confidence. To help youngsters understand the risks associated with the misuse of substances and to give them the opportunity to try some activities that they may not have considered in the past.
Some of the young people that dropped in have had experience of CWP services, receiving support for substance misuse or have accessed child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS).
Attractions included a selfie booth with props, first aid tips, art therapy, a kick boxing demonstration, the chance to make a smoothie using pedal power and the opportunity to grab a wood fired pizza from a converted fire engine. There was also more, including advice from healthcare professionals on drug, tobacco and alcohol use.
Gareth Snelson, 17 from Congleton said he heard about the event on Facebook so came down to see what it was about. He said: “I’m glad I did because I found out about new stuff, got health advice, plus it was good to get out and do something in the sunshine!”
CWP Young Advisors also had a stand showcasing the work they do, consulting with young people on the services provided by the Trust and they helped to design the publicity poster for the event and came up with ideas for the day and the title #healthyourself.
Shelley Brough, Commissioning Manager at Cheshire East Council said: “This event is a great opportunity to raise awareness about the harm and impact of substance misuse amongst young people. It’s fantastic that the event has been developed by young people for young people.”
Julia Cottier, Service Director for CWP Central and East Cheshire added: “Thanks to everyone for making it such a great day, both exhibitors and visitors. The event demonstrated how agencies and organisations can work together in partnership to support young people’s health and well-being and provide advice and signposting to services.”
Photo: CWP Substance Misuse Staff talk to local children at the Health Yourself event in Congleton