YouthWatch Leeds #Getyourrights in Health Event
The #getyourrights in Health event, held at Leeds Civic Hall on February 27th 2018, marked the first of its kind for Youthwatch Leeds. The event was hosted by emcees Richard Cracknell of Leeds City Council and Elizabeth Akapo (myself), a volunteer for Youthwatch Leeds. The primary aim of the event was to raise awareness of the rights of young people in the NHS, which was achieved through a series of interactive and insightful workshops.
Following the warm welcome and introduction to the event by the emcees for the evening, the #getyourrights in Health event was set afoot: young people and their workers were graced by the speeches of councillor Lisa Mulherin from Leeds City Council and Jane Mischenko from Leeds Clinical Commissioning Group. After which, they engaged in a lively and competitive game of Human Bingo, then began the cycles of workshops. The three workshops attendees journeyed through over the course of the evening were the Rights in Reality, Sharing Experience and How to speak Up workshops, all of which gave guests insight into their rights as well as the tools necessary to utilise them.
Over the course of the evening, there was a buzz of exuberance in the air – the event was met with a few noteworthy moments for sure. Some of which include:
- Announcing the right that young people thought was most important - the right to privacy – this means that the NHS should keep your information private and only share it with others if you agree or if there’s a good reason.
- Awarding the winner of the competition for the #getyourrights post with the most likes on a social media
- Myself, as one of the emcees, knocking a mic stand off the stage, which was played off as a ‘deliberate comedic act’!
Overall, the #getyourrights in Health event was a momentous occasion, bringing young people into the light about their rights in the National Health Service, all whilst delivering an enjoyable and delightful experience for both guests and volunteers alike.
Elizabeth Akapo (16), YouthWatch Leeds Volunteer