Young people celebrate their achievements

Young people celebrate their achievements

Young people have celebrated their achievements at an awards ceremony.

Now in its third year, Friday’s event recognised young people who are, or have been, involved with the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) at 5 Boroughs Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

Organised by the young people themselves through SHOUT – Your Voice Matters, a participation group which meets regularly enabling young people to get involved with and improve services the Trust provides for young people.

The Alice in Wonderland themed ceremony was held at The Village Hotel, Warrington, and attracted more than 130 young people, their families, clinicians and the Trust’s partners.

Bernard Pilkington, Chair of 5 Boroughs Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, said: “The young people who have been involved with our SHOUT participation group have played an important role in improving our services and helping others over the past few years and it’s great to see their efforts recognised.

“When you remember that all the young people involved have experienced mental health issues in the past and some are still receiving treatment for their conditions, it really brings home just how much they have achieved. Congratulations to everyone who was shortlisted or won an award.”
Dave Sweeney, Director of Transformation at Halton Clinical Commissioning Group – which part funded the event, said: “What an inspiring event to be part of. I felt very proud of all those involved, particularly the young people and their families.”

Young people aged between 5 and 18 were recognised and the winners were:

• Contribution to Service – Fairhaven Unit, Warrington
• Volunteer of the Year – Ethan Kowolik, St Helens
• Personal Journey – Chloe Smith, Warrington, and Millie Browitt, Wigan
• Contribution to Community – James Owens, Knowsley
• Inspiration of the Year – Joel Tuson, Warrington
• Promoting Young People’s Services – Knowsley and St Helens Community Reporters:
  Jenn Webster, Ellen Norrey, Tom Robinson and Emily Kearney
• Innovator of the Year – Halton SHOUT Group
• Champion of the Year – Toby Adeyemo, Knowsley
• Ambassador of the Year – Amy Lever and her parents Sue and Ste Lever, Halton

Full details about the awards and the winners’ stories are on our website:
www.5boroughspartnership.nhs.uk/camhs-annual-awards-ceremony .