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Become a Community Connector

As a community connector, you can help young people have their voices heard and be directly involved in making a difference for communities by letting us know about the experiences and issues young people have when accessing health and social care services.

Your involvement will help us to raise issues and concerns with those who have the power to make change happen.

How you can help us find out what matters

Community connectors will support local Healthwatch to tackle health inequalities. Health inequalities are the differences in the status of people’s health, but also the care that people receive and the opportunities that they have to lead healthy lives.

NHS England have identified five clinical areas that require improvement to reduce health inequalities in children and young people. This is called Core20PLUS5. Community connectors will listen to anyone’s experiences of health and social care services but there will be a focus on gathering feedback from people who have experience with the 5 key clinical areas, these are:

  • Asthma
  • Diabetes
  • Epilepsy
  • Oral health
  • Mental health

How can you gather views

Community connectors will be supported to engage with other young people in a number of ways, including:

  • Planned engagement activities with other community connectors and Healthwatch staff.
  • Talking to and gathering the views of the public and reporting back to Healthwatch.
  • Helping to conduct surveys and consultations in the local community.
  • Produce written case studies to highlight people’s experiences.
  • Promote the ‘Young people’s experience of health’ survey with other young people.

Where do we want to reach?

The Humber and North Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership 

The feedback gathered by our community connectors will be used to shape and improve care for other young people.

Healthwatch are looking to hear the views of people in YorkNorth Yorkshire, North East Lincolnshire, Kingston upon Hull and East Riding of Yorkshire.

How you can get involved

We want to recruit young people aged 14 – 25 years to speak with other young people around their experiences of accessing health and social care, any barriers they may have faced and any solutions they may recommend.

For more information, or an informal chat, please contact us:

Telephone: 01482 595504


If you would like to complete our Young People’s Experience of Health survey, without becoming a Community Connector, you can do so by following and completing the following link:

Please read the role description for a Community Connector Volunteer and fill in the below application form.