Month: May 2016

Changing Young Lives and They Way Wolverhampton Youth Zone

Changing Young Lives are bringing Real Lives to The Way Wolverhampton Youth Zone.

Disabled children and young people in Wolverhampton should have the same life chances as any other young person in the City.

Changing Young Lives (CYL) works with disabled children and young people, enabling them to speak up for their rights and be recognised as young people first, whatever their disability.

Hear about their aspirations and believe in a better future for your child or young person so you can feel confident in upholding their right to an ordinary life.

     @CYL_TWEETS /  #REALLIVES                  

The Way Wolverhampton Youth Zone, School Street, Wolverhampton, WV3 0NR



NHS Wolverhampton Clinical Commissioning Group (WCCG) is responsible for commissioning healthcare services for people with learning disabilities.

At the moment, the Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (BCPFT) provides three inpatient beds in Wolverhampton at Pond Lane Learning Disability Assessment and Treatment Service, for people with learning disabilities who require admission to hospital because of a mental health problem, or a behaviour that is labelled as challenging. These beds are in a five-bedded hospital.

Pond Lane site is isolated from the Trust’s other services for people with learning disabilities and this raises environmental, clinical and staffing concerns which have an impact on the delivery of the service to this very vulnerable group. The CCG and the provider NHS Trust feel that a clinically safer and more viable service could be provided at BCPFT’s other Learning Disability Inpatient services in Dudley, Sandwell and Walsall.

At the moment the three beds in Pond Lane are temporarily closed to new admissions. WCCG and BCPFT would now like to engage with patients, carers and other stakeholders to find out their views on the proposal possibly to move the services permanently from Pond Lane to the other locations.

No decision has yet been made. There will be an initial period of engagement to discover general views on the possible proposal, and following this there will be a full public consultation.

At this stage, the CCG is asking for people’s initial reaction to the possible proposal.

If you would like to comment, either as an individual or as an organisation, please email or write to the address below. Please state if you are contacting the CCG on behalf of an organisation, and say which organisation it is. We will also be holding a number of initial meetings with carers, staff and service users to discuss the possible proposal.

Please reply no later than Monday 6 June 2016.

If the public consultation goes ahead the CCG and BCPFT will contact stakeholders again and will publicise it, particularly to those who would be directly affected.


Communications and Engagement Team, Wolverhampton CCG

Technology Centre, Glaisher Drive

Wolverhampton Science Park



New young people’s national advisory group

CDC and KIDS are recruiting for a national group of young people to advise on young people’s participation. They are looking to recruit up to 12 disabled children and young people and those with SEN aged 14-25 years from across England.

The national group will meet in London three times a year and there will also be an opportunity for six group members to attend a further three meetings in regional areas each year. The group will:

  • Work together to share their views and experiences of support and services
  • Give feedback and advice
  • Talk to professionals about how to make positive changes to improve things for all disabled young people
  • Support our work to ensure all disabled children and young people can be involved in decisions about their care and support

Applications are now open

To apply please complete the application form.

The deadline for applications is 1pm on Friday 3rd June 2016.

The first national young people’s meeting will be held in London on Saturday 2nd July 2016.

If you have any questions about the application process please contact Joanna Carr on 020 7833 6842 or

NHS England Youth Forum 2016 recruitment now live

Aged 14-25? Interested in health care services? Apply to join the @NHSYouthForum today!

The purpose of the NHS Youth Forum is to bring together a diverse range of young people who can use their own perspectives and experiences of healthcare services to highlight good practice and develop suggestions for improvement in areas which may need it. It is about advising, sharing opinion and ideas, giving feedback and helping to improve services.

If you are interested in health and have experience of healthcare services or projects and you have something to say and share, apply today, without delay!   Applications must be received by 9am on Thursday 19th May 2016.

Questions: Please contact Anna Sterckx on  or 07956 681150