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PULSE nominated for national award!

Young people who champion the cause of their peers are thrilled at the news they've been shortlisted for a national award.

Despite a record number of entries, PULSE has been shortlisted for the Young Partners Award and are invited to attend the award ceremony in London in October.

PULSE is a Lancashire-wide young people's participation group which meets monthyl to talk about the health and wellbeing issues that matter to them and other children and young people.

The group is one of only three shortlisted by young people and staff from Enthusiastic National Voice of Youth and National Council for Voluntary Youth Services.

A delegation of staff from both organisations will visit PULSE in the run-up to the awards ceremony, giving the group's members with chance to strengthen their nomination in person.

County Councillor Jennifer Mein, leader of Lancashire County Council, said "I attended PULSE's first birthday celebration in July and I'm really pleased to hear they've been nominated for this award.

"They do great work in helping us to understand the needs of young people from first-hand experience and it's a great help to us.  I'm keeping my fingers crossed for October - they deserve to win."

The group's members work to influence and improve health services by representing the views of others to decision-makers.

They are supported by workers from Lancashire County Council and two local charities, Barnardos and ACE.

PULSE is made up of young people aged 11-25 and has about 20 core members who meet regularly in their spare time.

Their current focus is emotional health and wellbeing.  They have also identified accessing health information as a priority, and have recently been helping to ensure that the new countywide advocacy service is accessible for children and young people.

The members make sure their meetings combine fun and work, and often meet at the county council's outdoor education centres so they can let off steam after a morning's business.

New members are very welcome and anyone interested in joining PULSE can contact Philip Duck, Project Support Officer, on 07909 535 821.


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