Award for youth project's health work

Fareham Community Hospital in Salisbury Green

Picture: Paul Jacobs

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A YOUTH project has won an award for its efforts to improve access to health services for teenagers.

Check It Out, a group of young volunteers in Portsmouth who have been working with Solent Health Care and Portsmouth City Council, have won first prize in the South East Community Empowerment Awards (Portsmouth section).

The group of youngsters, aged between 11 and 20, have been holding teenage health days and developed ways for youngsters to feed back their views on the services they use.

On the back of their success, the group is now going to help set up a similar project on the Isle of Wight.

The group has also been tasked with developing a young people's information leaflet which will be on offer to young people who visit Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham.

Jo Lawson, Solent Healthcare's lead nurse for adolescents, who helped set up the group, said: 'We're extremely pleased the group has received such recognition and came top from scores of applications.

'Comments from the judges have made very good reading for all involved in this project as they capture the invaluable contribution these young people are making to the improvement of local health services.'

The group will receive 700, a trophy and certificate in the new year.

The group will use the prize money to host an awards ceremony for health services that have improved access for young people.

The youth project has also been entered into the Community Empowerment Awards for the whole of the South East region.

If they succeed there, then they stand a chance of winning 5,000.