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Free health and wellbeing event for young people in Luton

03 September 2018


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A fun, free event for young people to learn more about local health and social care services is taking place in the heart of Luton town on Saturday 22 September, 12noon–5pm in St Georges Square.

 

NHS Luton Clinical Commissioning Group (LCCG) together with Healthwatch Luton are co-producing the ‘Young Person’s Event’, and are inviting anyone aged 14-25 years from Luton and the surrounding areas to come along.  There will be marquees providing live music, performances and entertainment, refreshments, freebies, and information on how young people can access the health and social care available locally. It is also the chance for young people to give opinions on the range of health and wellbeing services provided.

 

A host of organisations from across Luton are also making themselves available on the day, to chat with youths attending the event including; MIND, Luton & Dunstable Hospital’s Sexual Health Team, Total Wellbeing Luton, Transitions UK and Resolutions to name just a few.

 

Lisa Herrick, Project and Support Officer from Healthwatch Luton, said: “Having spoken with around 200 young people over the past year, we found that young people locally would like to know more about health and social care and how to access the services, but not in a formal setting. LCCG had already made it apriority to help educate the young people of Luton about looking after their health and wellbeing - so it made sense to join forces and put on a fun event to meet all of these aims”.

 

The event has three main aims; to talk to the young people of Luton to see what they think of the health and social care provision, to share information about services the available to them, and to raise awareness of safeguarding issues to ‘make safeguarding personal’.

 

Dr Nina Pearson, local GP and Clinical Chair of LCCG said: “Feedback received from Healthwatch has shown that 14 to 25-year-olds can often face challenges when trying to access basic health services in and around Luton. We want to use the event to help them to find out more about what services are available and how to use the services locally, and encourage them to feedback and make their voices heard”.

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About Luton CCG

Luton Clinical Commissioning Group is responsible for planning, organising and buying NHS-funded healthcare for the 240,000 people who live in Luton. This includes hospital, community health and mental health services.

LCCG is run by GPs, nurses, hospital doctors and other clinicians – the people you see whenever you come into contact with the NHS. 28 GP practices in Luton are members of the CCG. www.lutonccg.nhs.uk

 
 


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