Leapfrog shared tools in a lively session with an engaged and exciting group of young champions from the Amplify Community Researchers Project, a part of Healthwatch Blackburn with Darwen (BwD). The session was organized by Ben Pearson from Healthwatch BwD for champions, aged between thirteen and seventeen years old, based at two schools including Darwen Vale High School. Champions are responsible for facilitating conversations with their peers about health and promote healthy practices.

Together, they listed a number of the complex topics related to health that they work on, including, sexual health, body image, mental health and bullying. They then experimented with Leapfrog tools – Storyboard Contract, Target Control and Everybody- co-​designed with young people in care and service providers. These tools in particular are intended to help young people unlock complex thoughts and feelings and create positive ideas for the future. Following on, they generated creative ways to use the tools when facilitating conversations with their peers.

The group had some great ideas about how they were going to use the tools and quickly envisaged lots of ways they could use and adapt them to direct specific conversations. For instance, they could use Storyboard to talk about the experience of bullying and what happens afterwards.

We can’t wait to hear all about how the Amplify champions get on with the tools!