Community Partnerships: West Sussex Scouts

West Sussex Scouts provide opportunities for over 4,000 young people across the diverse communities of West Sussex to develop #skillsforlife.
West Sussex Scouts

In October 2019, West Sussex Scouts held a collaborative Sustainability, Health and Wellbeing event at their Horsham District campsite supported by 4 Community Partners:

Over 150 Beavers (6-8), Cubs (8-10 ½) Scouts (10 – 14), Explorer Scouts (14-18), Leaders and family members took part in West Sussex Waste Partnership - Waste Reduction games and activities, donated key items of food and hygiene to Horsham Matters Foodbank, took part in cooking healthy food with UK Harvest and talked to Healthwatch West Sussex about their health and social care experiences and learned where to get information and advice.

I enjoyed the games and learned so much about healthy cooking and reducing waste. It feels good knowing that talking about my family experience of the doctor and hospital might help others in the future
— Scout aged 11

The insight we heard from young people and their families at this event focussed around several areas:

  • Access to GP appointments
  • Care and services for older relatives (we were struck by how many young people were aware of their older relatives needs and difficulties and how keen they were to know how to share sources of information and advice with parents)
  • Young People’s wellbeing and mental health (several also had concerns about friends at school and how to best support them).

All of the insight we collect is collated and anonymised and forms part of the evidence that Healthwatch gather to identify common themes around what works and what could be improved for local people. 


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