Youthwatch is an opportunity for young people aged 13 – 18 who live, study or work in the Rochdale borough to share their views & opinions on how NHS & care services are working locally for young people and how they can be improved. After attending 5 meetings Youthwatch members are rewarded with a £25 shopping voucher of their choice.
Elizabeth Crompton from Castleton is a Year 11 student at Matthew Moss High School and has been a member of Youthwatch Rochdale since April 2021. Elizabeth, a regular attendee at Youthwatch monthly meetings, has just received her second £25 voucher and is very passionate about ensuring young people have a say about services locally.
Elizabeth has brought lots of feedback from her peers about their thoughts and attitudes regarding the covid 19 vaccination which has led to open discussions with the lead NHS organisation (HMR CCG) at a recent Youthwatch meeting. She was recently elected as a finalist for Rochdale and Pennines in the Rochdale Youth Parliament with one of her manifesto points being young people’s mental health and wellbeing. Leading on from all her good work Elizabeth is now a member of European Network of Regional and Local Youth Platforms due to her work particularly with her project on tyring to encourage more young people to donate blood.
Due to the Covid pandemic monthly Youthwatch meetings have taken place via Zoom. Elizabeth hopes that in the Summer she will be able to meet face to face with some of the other members.