Young people speak up on health

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Young people from Blackpool have set up a new framework to ensure their views on health issues get across to decision-makers.

Around 20 youngsters and three workers from Headstart, Blackpool Carers and UR Potential attended an initial meeting held at UR Potential’s base on Central Drive.

Coun Jim Hobson and Sandip Mahjan, from the council, spoke about the work being done by the authority’s Health Scrutiny Committee.

A spokesman for UR Potential said: “The meeting clearly demonstrated that young people are confident enough given the right information, encouragement, support and a young person friendly environment to make good ideas and suggestions.”

It was agreed UR Potential’s Breaking the Cycle Mental Health forum for young people would be the vehicle for young people to discuss health issues, prioritise questions for the committee and feed them into the scrutiny meetings prior to the formal town hall meetings supported by Blackpool Youth Voice.

The group will invite young people from groups including Blackpool Polar Bears swimming club, Blackpool Tiggers and Aiming Higher charity to take part.