CAMHS Youth Advisors (CYA) is made up of a group of young people who have their own personal experience of accessing CAMHS.
We have a say in what goes on in CAMHS and take part in a variety of projects.
CYA works to ensure that children and young people who use CAMHS have a voice, through being involved in recruitment, staff training, service development and lots more.
Our main aim is to get more users involved with the decisions within the service, because a service aimed at young people should be developed by them too.
- CYA met with Jeremy Hunt, MP to discuss how the change in commissioning for Tier 4 services has impacted young people negatively.
- The Dementia Friendly Surrey project began and CYA members took part in activities with residents at the Anchor Care Home for people with dementia, in Woking.
- CYA meetings have been held across Surrey for children and young people to attend.
- CYA Awards 2014 planning has begun.
- Our Voice Edition 10 has been printed and distributed.
CYA Awards 2014
After the success of last year’s CYA Awards, CYA has already started to plan and prepare the 2014 ceremony to ensure that it is even better this year! The CYA Awards 2014 will be held on the 11 July from 6-9pm so make sure you save this date! The venue is to be confirmed.
CYA West is a fortnightly group for children and young who have had experience of accessing mental health services in Surrey. The group is held at The Bisley Youth Centre, from 5.30-7.30pm on Tuesdays. It is open to young people of all ages who live in or around the Surrey Heath area.
The group has been involved in consultation work and has started to plan this year’s CYA Awards.
CYA East is now changing location and because of this we have to postpone our meetings until a new venue and dates are confirmed. We will be giving out the new details about the changes very soon.
Redhill drop in
This group meets monthly on the 4th Wednesday of every month at the Redhill CAMHS Clinic. The group is aimed at children and young people from the ages of 11-15 years old living in north east Surrey. Young people who are older than 15 are more than welcome and may be offered a facilitating role in the group.
Redhill drop in always welcomes new members so feel free to contact us if you are interested in coming along or know of someone who may be.
CYA Woking meets monthly on the third Tuesday of every month from 5.30-7.30pm at Quadrant Court, Woking. Young people of all ages are welcome.
The group has recently been looking at funding ideas to raise money for CYA, planning the CYA Awards 2014 and is looking to create a poster for CAMHS receptions.
If anyone would like more information about the CYA groups please check out the CYA page on the CAMHS website. Each group has a page and shows all of the upcoming meeting dates and how to get involved!
Upload training is mandatory for any professionals working in CYPS. We are currently working on setting training dates for this year. More information will be out soon with information on how to book your place!
Recently CYA members have taken part in three interviews. Four CYA members were involved in interviewing and helping to recruit a CAMHS Social Worker.
The 10th Edition of Our Voice has now been printed and is out in all CAMHS clinics. The magazine is great for reducing young people’s anxiety whilst sitting in waiting rooms for CAMHS appointments. It provides service and mental health information, whilst reducing the stigma surrounding mental health.
We are always looking for articles for the magazine! If you would like to have your article, poem or picture featured in the next edition email it to us on: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The articles voted top three by the CAMHS Youth Advisors (CYA) will receive a £5 voucher!
To receive a copy email email@example.com .
Dementia Friendly Surrey
Just before Christmas a group of CYA members visited residents with dementia, at the Anchor Care Home in Woking.
The members planned and facilitated different actives for the residents to take part in, including cake decorating, a quiz and games.
The members had the chance to speak with the residents and find out more about dementia. A young person who took part said, “I really got an insight on how people cope with dementia.”
We are planning another visit in the February half term to give more young people the opportunity to take part in the project.
CYA in School
We go into schools to raise awareness of mental health issues and reduce the stigma that may surround them.
Young presenters will share their journey of accessing mental health services and share what it has been like for them. The presentations are tailor-made for each school.
To find out more or to book a CYA in Schools presentation please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01483 519571.
Parent involvement group
At the end of last year we created an online survey to collect parent’s views about their experiences of CAMHS.
We have now collated all the responses and are now working on a magazine to share the information.
The first draft has been sent to parents we are working with for their feedback. The magazine will include service information, useful resources and parent’s stories of their experiences of having a child accessing mental health services in Surrey.
The magazine will be printed and distributed soon.
Come and join us
We are always looking for young people to join CYA. Just contact us directly via our email address below or give us a call.
Professionals should always get the young person’s permission before passing their details on to us. We will contact the young person as soon as we can.
Contact the team on email@example.com or call 01483 519 571.