A group of Health and Social care students from Hugh Baird College launched their own Drug Awareness Campaign at the College’s Health and Wellbeing event this month.
The campaign is the result of a collaboration between 14-16 College students on the Level 2 Health and Social Care pathway and Level 3 students from the Access to Higher Education in Health and Social Care.
The group have been meeting each week to share information, devise leaflets, promotional posters and even their own video, all aimed at raising awareness of the risks of drug abuse and the support available.
Access to HE lecturer, Stella Joseph, said:
“We are always looking for ways for our students to gain experience of the types of roles they aspire to after university so working with the 14-16 year old students on this health and social care themed project has had huge benefits. The Access to HE students have been able to discuss very real social issues that affect 14-16 year olds, with open and honest accounts from a cross section of the campaign’s target audience. Working closely with these young people, they have researched the impact health awareness campaigns have on the audience and have collaborated to find the best ways to promote this serious issue.”
For the 14-16 College Health and Social Care students, the project has also brought multiple benefits. Their tutor, Kay Billingsley explained:
“My students have found this project fun and confidence building and have learned a lot in the process. The project has given them the opportunity to research the subject of drug abuse and find ways of relating the facts to their peers. They’ve also seen how valued their honest input has been to the project. So, as well as increasing their knowledge of a topic related to their health and social care syllabus, we’ve also see their self-confidence and communication skills improve through the meetings with the older students. It has inspired them and made them realise that further study can be both enjoyable and interesting.”
Launching the campaign with a stand at the College’s Health and Wellbeing event, the students handed out leaflets and told other students what they’ve learned through their research and how to access support.
14-16 College student Kira Molyneux said:
“I’ve enjoyed doing the project because it’s been interesting finding out the facts about drugs. It’s been really good working with the older students too because it’s shown me what their course is like. It’s made me more interested in studying a degree in the future because they seem to enjoy it and they know they’ll get a better job because of it.”
Access to HE student Anne Bassnett said:
“The 14-16 College students were really open and honest with us in discussing their views on drugs so we’ve been able to find out what young people think about the issue. The collaboration has helped us to get a deeper understanding of how we need to communicate messages to a younger audience which is great experience for when we move on to degree level.”
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