Young people see #selfcareeverywhere

Young people want to make sure self-care is everywhere with a unique event. Taking place across Bradford City Centre on Saturday 8 July 2017, #selfcareeverywhere will focus on the health and wellbeing of young people and address the issues that really matter to them.

The event has been co-designed by young people for young people and has involved working together with NHS Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven, Bradford City and Bradford Districts Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), NHS England and voluntary and community sector services (VCS) such as MYMUP, Barnardos and Sharing Voices.

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Young people from Bradford district, with input via social media from others around the country, have decided the issues that they want to hear and talk about. Over 20 interactive workshops will be held across the day, hosted by young people themselves and professionals, covering a broad range of topics including; body confidence, mental wellbeing, keeping active and eating well.

Bradford was chosen by NHS England as the very first city to host such an event. With city’s population set to be the youngest in Europe in the next five years. That’s why Bradford is setting the standard for engaging with its young population to make sure local health and care services are designed around their needs.  

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Jaasra, Naz, Iram, Mehmoona, Courtney and Sarah, from Speakers Corner, Bradford, have all been involved in planning #selfcareeverywhere. They said: “Young people have lots of ideas and it’s great to have them heard and see how #selfcareeverywhere has changed because of what we have said.”

“We love that we’ve created the # used for the event name as it gets across that self-care needs to be everywhere, in everything that we do. We’ve also changed the words and labels attached to the event so we all talk in a way that reduces stigma, makes young people confident to share and be included in their health and care. We are so excited to run our #iamperfectasme workshop. We want to show that young people do care about themselves and #selfcareeverywhere will encourage them to keep doing the things that make them feel good and be active.”

Sasha Bhat, head of patient engagement and experience, NHS Bradford District and Craven CCGs, said: “I’m really proud to see Bradford coming together to host an event like this. If we listen to and learn from the things that matter the most to our young people, we can make sure that the decisions we make about the future of health and care are focused around what they need to live long, happy and fulfilling lives.”

Kath Evans, experience of care lead for children and young people, NHS England, said: “Young people want to share what matters to them. As leaders in the health and care system we need to look at how we can best support young people to secure and maintain the best physical and emotional health possible.”

“When health professionals share and work together with young people, it creates a sense of real engagement, energy and collaboration. We want to co-create a healthier future and empower young people to grow and develop to be advocates for better health and wellbeing. I’m delighted that Bradford is leading the way for youth engagement and I can’t wait to see the results!”

Keep up to date with all the action and news from the event on Instagram and Facebook using #selfcareeverywhere. To book a place at the event, click here. 

Photocall and interviews: 10.00-10.45 at Margaret Macmillan Towers, Princes Way, Bradford, BD1 1NN (introduction) and 16.00-17.00 (reflections). Ask for Olivia Butterworth, head of public participation, NHS England (07824 865160, oliviabutterworth@nhs.net) or Kath Evans, experience of care lead, NHS England (07824 545954, kath.evans3@nhs.net).