Healthwatch Schools’ Survey

(Last Updated On: June 7, 2018)


As I’ve mentioned before, Healthwatch Torbay, our local independent charity ensuring that the public have their say on local health and social care services, has been commissioned by Torbay Children’s Safeguarding Board to find out how it feels to be a young person living in Torbay, and what, if anything, young people – up to 25 – would like to see change.

Healthwatch Torbay is working with two task groups, one made up of key community organisations and the other of children and young people, all of whom have helped to design a questionnaire and plan engagement events.

One of the main engagement areas identified in planning sessions was to speak with young people at schools and so, says Tilly Adams, coordinating the survey,  ‘I would welcome a conversation with schools to arrange a convenient time to visit and run an open space event either at an assembly or with year or tutor groups .’

Tilly hopes there might be an opportunity to incorporate this activity within schools’ end of year plans or, alternatively, within their induction period at the start of next term.

If you’re reading this and have a school or college connection – student, teacher, parent, whatever – maybe you could help Tilly by encouraging your establishment to get involved. A first step could be to contact Tilly herself on  or 07498 450205


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Apart from five years studying in Oxford I’ve lived most of my life in London where for many years I was Head of English in a prestigious girls’ school, but since taking early retirement and heading West to be nearer to my two daughters - settling in Torbay with my wife, Anna, in 2011 - I’ve worked in the voluntary sector. I took on the role of Service Provider, for example, promoting the Red Cross Torbay Navigators Project, while now I’m a Trustee and part of the Media Team for our local Healthwatch. I’m a governor at Torquay Academy, too, giving me the chance to stay up to date with what’s happening in the world of education. Other interests, aside from friends and family, include art and art history, reading - from contemporary fiction and poetry to Elizabethan/Jacobean literature - history, politics, cooking, walking, and music, in particular Bob Dylan, the blues, and early Elvis. I love writing, too, with one novel published so far – Elvis in Wonderland – and another, Who’s There?, that still needs plenty of work!