Healthwatch Wirral has been working in collaboration with the charity Interchange on a new project for 2017.
Healthwatch Wirral is a community interest company. This is a business with primarily social objectives whose surpluses are principally reinvested for that purpose in the business or in the community, rather than being driven by the need to maximise profit for shareholders and owners.
Interchange acts as a facilitator between voluntary community organisations and third year University students.
Esme Walker, a final year student from Liverpool University, joined us in January of this year on our ‘Your Road to Recovery’ project. The project has been looking at services on Wirral for people with substance abuse problems. Prior to 2015 Wirral CCG commissioned a number of different providers for these services. In 2015 Wirral CCG then commissioned CRI (Crime Reduction Initiatives) who later changed their name to CGL (Change, Grow Live) in partnership with the Spider Project and Phoenix Futures.
Esme’s research took the form of questionnaires, focus groups and interviews with two staff members and her report is detailed below.