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Amplify is our dedicated young persons project - representing young people and their views on local health and social care. 

Amplify is a Young Person’s Project, designed & delivered by young people to allow them to share their views & experiences on the things that keep them happy, healthy & feeling good in order to shape local health & social care provision.

We have achieved a lot in two years since the Amplify project started, including our recent success in receiving the Investing in Children Award. This wouldn’t have been possible without the continued commitment & enthusiasm of all the young people who have been involved.

Eating Disorders Report - May 2018

In May 2018 we published a report on young people's views of body image and eating disorders. Through this, our Amplify Champions consulted with young people from across Blackburn with Darwen on their views and experiences of body image and eating disorders and who they look to for support. 

Amplify - the views of young people across Pennine Lancashire

Amplify were commissioned to work with Healthwatch Blackburn with Darwen and Healthwatch Lancashire by Together a Healthier Future to explore what was important to young people when looking at health. To read more about this report look here amplify_pennine_lancashire_project.pdf


Amplify Turns Two.

Amplify turned two in October 2017. The project has achieved a lot of the last two years and continues to go from strength to strength. This wouldn't be possible without our dedicated team of young people who support us on a daily basis. Read amplify_2nd_birthday_overview.pdf for more information.

Amplify - Investors In Children Award.


Healthwatch BwD have been successful in receiving the Investing in Children Award for their work with children & young people as part of their Amplify Project.

 Investing in Children is a UK initiative that promotes the human rights of children and young people. Over the last 21 years, IiC has developed a range of different ways in which children and young people are supported to say what they want to say, and help to improve services used by them, by discussing their ideas with the adults who run the services.

The Investing in Children Membership Award Scheme recognises and celebrates examples of imaginative and inclusive practice with children and young people. Organisations applying for the award have to demonstrate dialogue with young people which leads to change. However, children and young people have to provide the evidence for the organisation and endorse the membership report because it is a children’s and young people’s award.

The award comes as Healthwatch BwD celebrates two years of the Amplify Project in which time they have engaged with over 2000 children & young people, working in partnerships with schools & youth organisations in the borough. Amplify is designed & delivered by young people to allow them to share their views & expereinces on the things that keep them happy, healthy & feeling good in order to shape local health & social care provision.

Ben Pearson, Project Manager says ‘We are really excited to have received the award, its allowed us to reflect on all we have acheievd in a releatively short time, none of which would have been possible without the commitment & enthusiam of those young people involved.’

Open Up

Our Amplify Champions have produced all aspects of a new Open Up Resource. This resource is for young people designed by young people. The aim is to enable young people to find out more information about what may be affecting them.










Body Image and Eating Disorders Report