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Croydon young adults urged to make their voices heard on sexual health services

Croydon’s young adults are being asked for their views on how sexual health services can meet their needs, thanks to Healthwatch Croydon and Croydon Council.

Healthwatch Croydon, working together with Croydon Council’s Public Health team, are organising Young Healthwatch Day: Let Your Voice Be Heard on Tuesday 22 August 2pm at Caysh to get young people’s voice heard about sexual health services.

They will get to comment on issues such as accessibility, advertising and awareness of services as well as delivery. This will impact on Croydon’s public health strategy to improve teenage sexual health outcomes, including the recruitment of some Health Champions and mystery shoppers (see editor’s note).

They will also hear about opportunities to volunteer with local organisations which will help their job prospects, as well as receiving advice on health, housing and happiness.

This event follows the publication of Healthwatch Croydon’s Sexual Health Services: The Experience of Teenagers in Croydon report in March 2017, based on the experiences of over 60 teenage users of sexual health services. In 2016, there were significant issues around the sexual health of teenagers and young people, with higher than average statistics for teenage pregnancy, repeated abortions, and diagnoses of sexually transmitted diseases, according to Croydon Public Health statistics.

As a result, there was an agreed commitment between Healthwatch Croydon and Croydon Council, who manage the services, to work together in delivering this summer workshop.

The event on Tuesday 22 August at 2pm, at Caysh, 2 Whitgift Street, Croydon CR0 1FL is open to any Croydon resident aged between 16 and 25. The event is free, and includes food, entertainment and a goody bag, with items donated by The Body Shop in Croydon.

Places are limited, and can be booked here.

See coverage in the Croydon Guardian (17 August 2017)