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Bradford District and Craven Health and Care Partnership is holding its next Partnership Board public meeting on Friday 8 March in Skipton.

The meeting will report on the latest ‘Listen in’ activity which involves ongoing  conversations with the public, visiting community groups and public spaces to help understand what matters most to local people when it comes to health and care.

It will take place at Belle Vue suite, Belle Vue Square, Broughton Road, Skipton, BD23 1FJ, from 10am-1pm.

Young people aged 8-25 have most recently shared their views and experiences on topical issues such as special educational needs, mental health and wellbeing, social care, neurodiversity and long-term conditions.

Key themes from the conversations included the crucial role school environments play in shaping mental health and wellbeing, high demand for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, and the positive impact that can be realised from taking part in youth clubs, activities and community activities. The ‘Children and Young People what are we hearing?’ report can be found in the board meeting papers.

Elaine Appelbee, Chair of Bradford District and Craven Health and Care Partnership, said: “Our in-depth conversations with young people across Bradford District and Craven have crystalised what changes we need to make to services to enable all young people to thrive and achieve their potential.

“There is a wide array of services, youth groups, charities and schools that are all committed to helping young people and their families feel valued and get the support they need. By understanding these key challenges young people face, we can focus work to break down barriers to healthcare and tackle the root causes of health disparities among young people.”

The Partnership Board is made up of key decision-makers from the NHS, councils, care providers, and the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector. They work together and influence the way local health and care services are delivered, in partnership with local communities.

The public are invited to submit questions to the Partnership Board in advance, and can register to observe the meeting at engagebdc.com.

Copies of the agenda and meeting papers are available on the Bradford District and Craven Health and Care Partnership website.