Volunteers help beautify the Children’s Health Center at Wrexham Maelor Hospital


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Posted: Friday March 11, 2022

Children, young people and volunteers have teamed up to create new artwork to brighten up the rooms of the children’s clinic at Wrexham Maelor Hospital.

The Volunteer Day, held at Wrexham Child Health Centre, was organized in collaboration between the Child and Adolescent Health Board (CAMHS) of the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board and Senedd yr Ifanc, which is run by Wrexham County Council.

The volunteers’ new artworks were hung along the freshly painted walls in the Children’s Health Center clinical rooms.

Senedd yr Ifanc is Wrexham’s youth parliament and is made up of young people aged 11 to 25 who work on issues that matter to Wrexham’s young people.

The event is part of a wide range of activities based on feedback from young people. A focus group was set up to gather young people’s views on the CAMHS environment and their suggestions for improving service to the children and young people attending the appointments.

The survey, conducted by Senedd yr Ifanc, reached a total of 947 children and young people aged 10 to 25 who lived, worked, socialized or attended school in Wrexham.

According to a report published in April 2021, CAMHS and the Senedd yr Ifanc have taken a number of actions including improvements to the websites, clinic rooms, outdoor areas, information and resources for children and young people.

Wendy Pinder, Head of Nursing for Children and Young People, East CAMHS, Neurodevelopmental Services and Learning Disabilities, said: “It has been a pleasure to spend the day volunteering with other organizations alongside the children and young people who use our services , to be creative some artwork to improve the clinics and add some color to them.

“It was such a positive experience for everyone involved and I look forward to hosting activities like this in the future.

“Following the feedback we received from the 2021 report, we have developed an action plan that is ongoing and we will continue to implement recommendations.”

CAMHS focuses on helping children and young people who are experiencing emotional, behavioral and other psychological difficulties. CAMHS supports families and their children from birth through age 18 and is staffed with multidisciplinary teams that include CAMHS practitioners, registered nurses, child psychiatrists, clinical psychologists and other professionals working with children and adolescents.

Caroline Bennett, Participation Coordinator for the Senedd yr Ifanc said: “It was a lovely session and it’s great to see the creative sides of the young people produce two fantastic works of art.

“It is encouraging to see the results of Senedd yr Ifanc’s consultation and the voice of Wrexham’s young people taking shape. Thank you to all the staff and young people involved who are looking forward to the next Volunteer Day.”

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