Event to celebrate Halifax project

images of Leeds Beckett University for use with John Robert's story in his education pages on Monday.
images of Leeds Beckett University for use with John Robert's story in his education pages on Monday.

A successful pilot project to support the health and wellbeing of disadvantaged young women in Halifax is set to be celebrated at Leeds Beckett University on November 4.

Hosted by the University’s Institute of Health and Wellbeing, the event will bring together experts in gender-specific ways of working, young women, academics and those involved in The Way Forward project.

The project, at the WomenCentre in Halifax, was set up in 2013 as a new approach aiming to engage with girls and young women at risk, who were slipping between existing offers of health service provision and who would otherwise enter adulthood with severe and escalating levels of disadvantage.

Leeds Beckett University has been involved as research partners on the project over the last three years, evaluating its progress and success. The research team’s results will be presented at the event, which takes place from 11am to 3pm at the University’s Rose Bowl building.

Dr Louise Warwick-Booth, principal investigator of The Way Forward evaluation, said: “The project allows young women to express their own needs, anxieties and views and its unique approach challenges the invisibility of girls and young women in the current system of health service provision.

“It has provided some powerful insights into gendered approached to health and wellbeing support.”

Over the course of the three year pilot, the project identified and addressed un-met needs for 165 young women.