Children and young people in Lancashire are set to be given a public voice
Children and young people in Lancashire are set to be given a public voice as PULSE joins Healthwatch Lancashire
From 1st April, the Lancashire Children and Young People’s Health and Wellbeing Participation Group, PULSE, has become part of Healthwatch Lancashire to ensure that young people from Lancashire are given the opportunity to have their say on health and social care services in the county.
PULSE was set up in 2012 supported by Lancashire County Council. Healthwatch Lancashire have commissioned The Children’s Society to engage, listen and learn from the experiences of young people in Lancashire by continuing the positive work of the PULSE group.
The young people from PULSE will be given the opportunity to develop their own ideas and projects along with being able to participate in the activities and campaigns of Healthwatch Lancashire.
According to the Lancashire Children and Young People’s Trust, more than 274,000 of the 1,180 million people in Lancashire are children and young people.
Neil Greaves, Healthwatch Lancashire Communications Manager, said: “It is important that the views of children and young people are listened to by those who manage and run health and social care services and the Lancashire PULSE group will ensure that these views are not only listened to but that we are able to learn from them.’
‘Healthwatch Lancashire has an important role to make sure that the voice of the public is not only heard but acted upon and, with just under a quarter of Lancashire residents being children and young people, it is important that we give them the opportunities to have their say.”