Health events for young people

Dr Rakesh Raja
Dr Rakesh Raja

Young people have the chance to share their views on local health services and pick up some healthy living advice on Thursday (April 10).

The event, organised by NHS West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) in partnership with Jemel Fox, Community Action Suffolk young person’s health ambassador, LiveWell Suffolk, Suffolk Family Carers and the Norfolk Suffolk Foundation Trust (NSFT) and the On The Spot Project outreach bus, is taking place from 12.30pm to 3pm in Haverhill town centre.

Jemel Fox

Jemel Fox

It is one of a series of health events across west Suffolk led by healthcare experts, with events starting at Brandon Leisure Centre today (Monday, April 71 11am to 2pm) and continuing at continuing at The Arc in Bury St Edmunds on Wednesday (April 9, 9am to 5.30pm) before coming to Haverhill.

Events will also be held at Mildenhall Swimming Pool on Monday (April 14, 11am to 2pm), Sudbury Leisure Centre on Tuesday (April 15, midday to 3pm) and Newmarket Leisure Centre on Thursday (April 17, 11am to 2pm).

Dr Rakesh Raja, children and young person’s lead for the CCG said: “Young people use NHS services so their views are as equally important as those of older adults.

“These health events will give them the chance to talk with CCG staff about the healthcare they or their family receive and what improvements we could make.

“Our healthcare partners will also be in attendance to give advice on a range of health issues.

“This includes dealing with stress, which we know affects many young people during exam time, sexual health, advice on healthy eating and drinking as well as support to quit smoking.

“Young people have the benefit of a long life expectancy and living a full and healthy life in old age.

“This can only be achieved by living a healthy lifestyle and having access to the right health services.”

Jemel Fox added: “These events will give young people the chance to share their health stories and give input into how health services could be improved.

“Additionally, young people often don’t know where to turn for health advice.

“Coming along and talking with a health expert could help them improve their health and wellbeing.”

For all the latest news see Thursday’s (April 10) Echo.