Last November I was proud to take a group of six girls from Year 9 along to an all day activity at Youth Space in High Wycombe. They were there to work on a project to target the way young people are treated by health professionals. It had previously been identified that young people, and especially young people with learning difficulties and other special needs, were disappointed with the way they were treated by health professionals.
The aim then was to give advice to health professionals and young people about how to manage their health consultations. Along with pupils from other schools we set about identifying some clear messages and designing some posters and leaflets to carry this advice. At the end of that first day the young people handed over their ideas to the adults to continue the process. The young people were consulted at key stages but finally the posters were ready to be launched.
The official launch took place at the Judge’s Lodgings in Aylesbury. Sue Imbriano, Strategic Director for Children and Young People in Buckinghamshire, was there to congratulate everybody involved and to make presentations to the young people. Each pupil who took part was given an AQA Unit Award for contributing to a focus group.
We were especially pleased to see that the design elements created by Chanel and AJ were included in the final versions. We were also very proud of Laura who gave a short presentation at the launch event. Well done all of you! And we shall look forward to seeing the posters in Buckinghamshire clinics soon…