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Healthwatch Gloucestershire has launched a new ‘Young Listeners’ project to find out what young people think about the health and social care services they use and what changes they would like to see.

Young people aged 16 to 24 who live in Gloucestershire, are invited to apply before the end of June, to become a volunteer Young Listener.  Young Listeners will be trained and supported to design and deliver the new project which will help improve young people’s health and care services in Gloucestershire.

They will decide which areas of health and social care the project will focus on.  They will connect with other young people across Gloucestershire and listen to their experiences and ideas, and then report back on key themes and ideas for how services could do things differently.  Their findings and recommendations for change will be shared with those who make decisions about health and social care services in the county.

Healthwatch Gloucestershire Manager, Helen Webb, said: “We want to make sure that children and young people from across the county get the opportunity to directly influence the services that they use.  So, we are recruiting and training Young Listeners to talk to local young people about their experiences and ideas for change, and we will support them to have their voice heard by those responsible for health and care in Gloucestershire.  This is also a great opportunity for young people to get involved with a really positive project after a year of isolation which reduced opportunities for new experiences and personal development.”

The Young Listeners project is being led by Healthwatch Gloucestershire Youth Engagement Officer, Jessica Bush, who said: “Our Young Listeners will explore issues that are important to young people.  As well as being part of an inspiring new project that brings real change to health and social care in Gloucestershire, our Young Listeners will acquire a variety of new skills and knowledge about the health and care sector, interviewing techniques, leadership, engagement, and creativity.  They will also gain valuable experience, which will look great on their CV and benefit them personally.”

Healthwatch Gloucestershire wants to recruit Young Listeners from across the county, from a wide range of backgrounds, and with varied health, social care and wellbeing needs, experiences, and interests.

Find out more

If you are aged 16 to 24 and interested in volunteering for this project, or if you work with young people and want to find out how to get involved, visit our project page or contact us.

Download and share the Healthwatch Gloucestershire Young Listeners poster to promote the project and volunteering opportunity and follow the project on social media (#YoungListeners).