The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) are really pleased to be able to showcase activity from Young Healthwatch Central Bedfordshire in their 2021 online annual conference.

RCPCH Conference

Each year, young people, parents and paediatricians from the RCPCH Engagement Committee put a request out for projects and examples of activity where children and young people have been involved in making a difference in health care, then review all submissions and select projects to showcase in the poster gallery.

This year is no different, with more submissions than ever, and our activity to influence change in how health and social care services are delivered locally, was selected to be showcased to over 1400 paediatricians, nurses and health workers.

You can find out more about RCPCH’s engagement work with children and young people and the conference by following their voice programme, RCPCH &Us on twitter or online or by emailing and_us@rcpch.ac.uk

Last Year, Emily Binns, Young Healthwatch volunteer, won the ‘Highly Commended Volunteer of the Year’ award in the ‘Cheering Volunteering Awards’.

We submitted our activity to the Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health Committee to be considered for this years annual conference.

YHW projects

We are delighted that the panel has selected our activity to feature at this years conference which takes place next week. Our projects will be seen by 1400 delegates from 37 countries across the world who will be joining the online 3 day conference.

A huge thank you to all of our young volunteers from Young Healthwatch Central Bedfordshire for ensuring that the voices of young people are shared with local health services and commissioners.

“Everyone at Healthwatch Central Bedfordshire is incredibly proud of our young volunteers from Young Healthwatch Central Bedfordshire. Their dedication and passion for ensuring the voices of young people in Central Bedfordshire are listened to is recognised nationally, and now, as they feature in this years Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health annual conference, they will be recognised by other countries. Young people in Central Bedfordshire are making a difference. A huge thank you to the young volunteers for your involvement in these projects you should all be very proud.”

Eleanor Ryles, Youth Engagement & Volunteer Officer

Are you interested in volunteering?

Here more about what Young Healthwatch Central Bedfordshire are doing, and how you can get involved.

Get in touch with Eleanor, our Young Healthwatch Engagement & Volunteer Officer:

Call her on 0300 303 8554

Email Eleanor at eleanor.ryles@healthwatch-centralbedfordshire.org.uk