We are absolutely delighted to announce that the Health Uncovered podcasts, of which Compass played an important part, won silver in the ‘Best Podcast’ category at the ARIAS 2018 awards.

The Audio & Radio Industry Awards (ARIAS) are about recognising the talented individuals and teams in the UK audio and radio sector, who excel at their craft and produce the very best body of work in the world. The awards ceremony was held on Thursday night at Leeds Arena and was attended by Mollie King, Ronan Keating and Jamie Cullum whilst Tony Hadley and Sophie Ellis Bextor were among the performers.

Health Uncovered was one of six nominees from all UK podcasts; gold went to Griefcast, while Double Bubble (PRA Productions) received bronze; beating podcasts from big names such as Fearne Cotton and Jessie Ware.

Health Uncovered podcasts were created through a collaboration between; ChatHealth, Radio 1’s DJ Cel Spellman, Compass services in Warwickshire, together with youth health champions and other school nursing teams; this series of podcasts tackle young people’s health and wellbeing issues.


Attending the awards from Compass were Rich Thomas, Beckie Richards, Becky Ellis, Katie Vaughan and Andy O’Rourke (pictured).


Congratulations also to Matt Conibere who was involved in the development of the podcasts and to Maggie Clarke and all the staff from our Warwickshire services (School Health & Wellbeing and Children & Young People’s Drug & Alcohol). Most importantly, huge congratulations and thanks to our fabulous youth health champions who were the real stars of the podcasts, both in terms of their professionalism, humour, honesty and humility. This is a great example of collaboration at its best!

If you haven’t yet heard any of the podcasts they can be accessed through iTunes or the following links, which can be promoted to young people and parents/carers:

·         Social media, is this real life? - Cel takes a critical look at social media feeds, with a panel of young people in Nuneaton together with Becky Ellis and Katie Vaughan from the Compass Warwickshire School Health & Wellbeing team.

·         Substance misuse, know your choices - Cel and a panel of young people from years 8 to 11 are joined by Rich Thomas and Andy O’Rourke, substance misuse specialists from the Compass Warwickshire CYP Drug & Alcohol team to discuss commonly used drugs. Talking about how pop culture influences young people's use of drugs and alcohol, the short and long term effects of substance use, where to ask for help if you need it and whether or not legal highs are actually legal!?

To be at the forefront of new and exciting collaborations across industries is an important facet of Compass’ approach and future plans; using innovative ideas, technology and industry experts to breakdown barriers and make lifestyle behaviour issues accessible and part of ‘everyday’ conversations. If you have any ideas or suggestions for different ways in which we can improve how and what we communicate to our wide range of service users please do let us know, either through your line manager or Rose Kearns or Saffron Mason from the Compass business development team. One of our priorities is to secure grant funding to develop more innovative ideas in the near future.


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Sexual Health Week 2018, the national sexual health campaign which is organised by the Family Planning Association (FPA) will run from 24th –30th September.

The theme for this year is Consent: Yes, yes, yes!, a topic that underpins mostly all of the work that health professionals do around relationships, sexual health and wellbeing.  The campaign highlights that consent is about far more than saying ‘No’ to unwanted activity and more about listening, negotiating, and enthusiastically agreeing. 

We are asking for everyone who would like to get involved in promoting the campaign to display the posters and an email banner produced by the FPA which can be downloaded here:  

Safe East, Compass has planned a number of activities for young people across the borough to help raise awareness around consent.  These include participating in Fresher’s fairs at higher education institutions, delivering PSHE sessions in schools, and more informal activities in community settings such as our sexual health clinics, youth clubs, supported housing for young mums, etc. to encourage discussion around consent and what it means to them.  During this period, we have also taken the opportunity to promote our service more widely, provide advice and information around sexual health, signpost and increase our efforts in driving condom distribution, C-Card scheme registrations and STI testing.

Visit or call us on 0203 954 0091 to find out more information about sexual health services on offer for young people and how to get support.

Why not attend one of the session below, or see the attached flyer which details all our clinics.

 ·        Spotlight Youth Club, 25th Sept., 6:00 – 7:00pm

·         Haileybury Youth Centre, 26th Sept., 5:00 – 8:00pm

·         Eastside Youth Centre, 25th Sept. 5:00 – 9:00pm