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Read our Annual Report 2020-2021

We are delighted to be able to share our first Annual Report as Glasgow City Youth Health Service, covering the year from April 2020 to March 2021. The team are really proud of what we have managed to achieve during this time and the challenges that we have overcome. Similar to many NHS services, the Youth Health Service was affected by Coronavirus restrictions and appointments were provided remotely from March-December 2020 with consultations taking place by telephone or video call.

Demand for the Youth Health Service increased rapidly during this time, with mental health being the most common reason for seeking support. This theme continued throughout the year and reflected a national increase in youth mental health concerns, with research carried out by YoungMinds in Summer 2020 finding that 81% of young people aged 13-25 years felt that the pandemic and resulting restrictions had made their mental health worse and 87% saying they felt lonely or isolated during lockdown.

In January 2021 we were able to get back into our venues and hold some appointments in-person, with others still taking place virtually or over the phone. New services in Pollok and Easterhouse helped to provide more appointment opportunities for young people in the South and North East of the City. A new citywide brand for the Youth Health Service was co-produced with local young people engaged with Scottish charity Impact Arts and launched in April 2021.

For information on our work and the projects we have been involved with over the past year, click here to read Glasgow City Youth Health Service’s Annual Report 2020-2021.

Glasgow City Youth Health Service Launch September 2021

We are pleased to confirm that the expansion of Glasgow City Youth Health Service is complete. Services at Springburn and Elderpark opened in August, bringing the total to 9 venues across Glasgow City.

Purple speech bubbleJulie Gordon, Youth Health Service Manager said:

“I’m absolutely delighted to be able to announce the launch of Glasgow City Youth Health Service, with 9 venues now open. We have come a long way since we opened the first service in Maryhill, but our core values remain very much the same: listening without judgement, building trust and treating everyone fairly and with respect.”

We are aware of the ways in which the pandemic has impacted young people and widened inequalities and so the need for our service has never been greater. There has been a particular focus on youth mental health over the past 18 months and as a priority, we are currently exploring additional ways of offering support. Our Multiple Risk programme is becoming established and complements the broader, holistic support provided by the Youth Health Service team. Our commissioned partners Lifelink and includem are a key part of this.

Yellow speech bubbleWe asked one of our young service users about their experience:

“The GP was so friendly, someone to talk to every week and I could talk to her without feeling embarrassed or judged at any point. It’s amazing that more services are opening as more young people will get the help they need”

In addition to the expansion programme, we have embraced a number of opportunities to improve the support available to young people. This has included a referral pathway from A&E to support intoxicated young people and the addition of a Youth Employability Coach, funded by the Young Person’s Guarantee.

Funding for the Youth Health Service is provided by Glasgow City Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP).
Turquoise speech bubbleSimon Carr, Chair of the Integrated Joint Board had these reflections:

“The Youth Health Service model is closely aligned with the HSCP’s strategic priorities, with a particular focus on early intervention and prevention. These nine services will provide person-centred support for young people in Glasgow City. We are really pleased that the service has managed to complete the expansion programme over the past 18 months, despite the challenges of the Coronavirus pandemic and I join with the team in celebrating this achievement.”

New Multiple Risk provider for Glasgow City Youth Health Service July 2021

We are excited to announce a development to Glasgow City Youth Health Service. From July 1st includem will be delivering Multiple Risk support in each of our venues. Multiple Risk Workers will address risky behaviours, supporting young people to make changes, build resilience and find a positive path. This could help young people who are involved in risky behaviours, gaming, gambling, antisocial behaviour or alcohol and drug use. includem Chief Executive Martin Dorchester said:“The launch of the Multiple Risk service marks a new partnership for includem and we are delighted to be part of the Glasgow City Youth Health Service working with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and the other partners to help support and transform the lives of Glasgow’s young people who need it the most.” Appointments are available for young people aged 12-19 years who live in Glasgow or are registered with a Glasgow GP by phoning our team on 0141 451 2727.

New services for Easterhouse and Pollok April 2021

Glasgow City Youth Health Service are delighted to announce the opening of two new venues in Easterhouse and Pollok. This completes phase II of the expansion programme approved by Glasgow City Joint Integration Board in 2019. Appointments can now be made on Monday evenings at Easterhouse Health Centre and Pollok Health Centre with the Youth Health Service team by phoning 0141 451 2727.

The Youth Health Service is available to young people aged 12-19 years who have a Glasgow City post code or are registered with a Glasgow GP. Referrals can be made by young people themselves, teachers, school nurses, parents, GPs or any other organisation working with young people. The only requirement is that the referral is discussed with the young person first.