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Local Health Visiting Service is Young People Friendly!

Local Health Visiting Service is Young People Friendly!

Wirral Community NHS Trust's Health Visiting Service is delighted to announce they have been recognised as being Young People Friendly!

Health Visiting Service Manager, Viv Harrison said: "We are extremely is proud to have been awarded Young People Friendly status. The status is awarded to organisations that are able to demonstrate that they consider the needs and opinions of young people when designing and providing services.

"Wirral Community NHS Trust's Health Visiting Teams continually strive to improve the services that are provided to all families with young children across Wirral, and we are very happy to receive this award that acknowledges our efforts to engage effectively with younger people".

The Trust has worked with a number of its own services and external organisations to deliver the Department of Health's You're Welcome programme on a local level. Wirral's Young People Friendly programme was developed as a result of young people identifying and addressing the issues that prevent them from accessing healthcare services. When an organisation signs up to the programme they are making a commitment to provide a non-judgemental and confidential service that listens to and treats young people with respect.

To date the Trust has helped 30 healthcare services and organisations to achieve the status and are currently supporting an additional 50 who hope achieve Young People Friendly during 2014.

Healthy Settings Programme Manager, Trish Barnes said: "We've worked with around 1000 local young people to develop the Young People Friendly scheme. Our aim is to help over 300 services achieve the status.

"The health of our young people is vital for them as individuals, and our communities. The Young People Friendly initiative has been developed so they can more easily access advice, support and treatment. It enables young people to live without worry, fear or concern".

If you would like to get involved with the Young People Friendly programme or are looking for more information visit the news & campaigns section or call 0151 630 8383.

Last Updated: Wednesday, 02 November 2016 14:59

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