Our Public Health Diary

Neath Port Talbot Youth Council has blogged for us ahead of our ‘Young People Influencing Decisions about What Matters to Them’ event.

What’s it all about?

This is a summary of Neath Port Talbot Youth Council’s journey with Public Health Wales. This includes the residential where the Youth Council and other young people wrote and designed the Young People’s Annual Quality Statement (AQS) – ‘it was a brilliant learning experience’.

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Day 1 Summary

Junaid arranged a tour of the building and we met heads of departments so we could understand what their jobs were and how they manage. We could see the smoking cessation helpline ‘Help Me Quit’ going on.

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We had lunch –too posh – give us party food anytime!! Not that we weren’t grateful.

After lunch we had a walking tour of Cardiff city centre taking photographs for health issues and our graphic design workshop – we really enjoyed this.

Day 2

We learnt a lot in the communications workshop with Dan the man Owens. We spent the afternoon putting this to good use reading news articles then developing our own stories trying our best to make them interesting and captivating. We also questioned Tracy Cooper CEO of Public Health – thanks Tracy for getting in our selfies – legend!

So we’ve been doing a lot since this residential like setting up our own health sub group on the youth council, we also told the Leader and councillors in NPTCBC all about the AQS. They made sure the document went out to all the schools. We’ve been asked to train as mental health mentors in schools so we can help our peers get help or signposted to services if they need it.

We also helped plan then attended the youth health summit #UGotSummittoSay so young people can shape health services. Two of our youth council members sit on local health boards. We also presented our work at the Public Health AGM. Please read the Young Peoples Annual Quality Statement we learnt a lot.

 

Seren, Hannah, Jodie, Erin & Corey

(Part of NPT Youth Council Youth – Youth Excellence Award Winners 2018)