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Youth project goes national

An innovative project spearheaded by NHS Great Yarmouth and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to help young people safeguard their health has been singled out on the national stage.

The “Youth Health Matters” web portal, which was put together by apprentices employed by the CCG, has been selected by NHS England as an example of best practice, with details due to be shared on its “Learning Environment” website in the next few weeks.

The portal brings together a host of health information and advice for young people. It was created to help the CCG improve the way it works with 11 to 24-year-olds, while also encouraging them to look after their own health.

Designed to be eye-catching and informative, it signposts visitors to a raft of health and wellbeing information, with topics covered including sexual health, drugs and alcohol, pregnancy, young carers and bereavement.

The portal is now maintained and updated by 19-year-old Amara Cunningham, the CCG’s current business administration apprentice.

“When I started with the CCG I was 17 and had only just left school, so knew exactly what sort of information would appeal to our target age group,” said Amara. “I’ve done a lot of research and think the work we have done is quite unique – I can’t find anything similar elsewhere.

“The website is designed to take people to where they want to go within just a few short clicks. I am given full autonomy and am able to add anything I think would be helpful, which is really refreshing.

“We are really pleased the portal will be included on the Learning Environment website as an example of best practice, and hope it will inspire other CCG’s to do something similar.

“Our aim now is to further increase awareness about the resource among young people in Great Yarmouth and Waveney so that they can benefit from the help it offers.”

You can follow “Youth Health Matters” on Twitter via @YHMatters, while the website is available at www.greatyarmouthandwaveneyccg.nhs.uk/YouthHealthMatters.

The case study will be available at www.learnenv.england.nhs.uk.

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Great Yarmouth and Waveney CCG