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Young Health Champions nominated for CYPN Award

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The East Berkshire Young Health Champions project has been shortlisted for The Partnership Working Award in this year’s Children and Young People Now Awards (CYPN).

Bracknell Forest Council, in partnership with NHS East Berkshire Clinical Commissioning Group and Slough based youth charity, Aik Saath, first trialled the programme to promote emotional wellbeing for young people in secondary schools and to strengthen youth participation in local services. Young Health Champions has since expanded into more local secondary schools and community delivery is also being piloted in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead.

The Young Health Champions programme is a national initiative accredited by the Royal Society of Public Health. It aims to give young people the skills, knowledge and confidence to act as peer educators and make their voice heard around health and wellbeing issues, whilst earning a qualification.

The Children and Young People Now Awards have become the gold standard for everyone working with children, young people and families. The award our Young Health Champions project is nominated for focuses on the hard work from everyone in the partnership that goes into delivering this programme.

Cllr Dale Birch, Chair of the Bracknell Forest Health and Wellbeing Board and Executive Member for Health, said:

“I am extremely proud of our Young Health Champions programme, in what has been a really tough year for young people, this programme raises awareness of serious health and wellbeing issues that often have a stigma attached to them, such as mental health.

“I’d like to give a special thanks to our public health team here in Bracknell Forest, the Aik Saath charity and the NHS East Berkshire CCG, who support our young health champions in the amazing work they do, without you none of this would be possible.

“Well done to all and best of luck for the awards!”

Katherine Davies, Public Health Programme Officer, Said:

“We are delighted to hear that our Young Health Champions programme has been shortlisted for a Children and Young People Now Award and a big thank you to all students who have taken part so far. By being empowered to act as peer educators, our Young Health Champions are helping us to end stigma and silence relating to young people’s mental health and emotional wellbeing.”

This year the awards will be celebrated with an extra special virtual ceremony on 4 March 2021 at 4pm.

Watch this video for more information on the Young Health Champions programme.