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.