Public Health- Start Well offer delivery of the Young Health Champion programme on behalf of the Royal Society of Public Health.
We understand that young people are more likely to get advice and support from their peers than professionals or those in a position of authority.
The programme is designed to empower, educate and inform young people about their health and wellbeing and local services in order for them to look after themselves, make healthier life choices, and access support at appropriate times. They are also given the confidence to act as role models to their peers and use their knowledge to support and signpost their peers to relevant services.
The Young Health Champions programme is a health and wellbeing qualification delivered over 4 days (or equivalent) to young people aged 14 to 24 years. Modules include;
All workbooks and resources are included in the delivery of the programme. Opportunities and benefits for schools and settings include:
- Raising awareness of positive and negative impacts on health and wellbeing
- Local services and support
- One optional module- sexual health, emotional wellbeing, drugs and alcohol, physical activity, diet and nutrition
- Development and delivery of health and wellbeing campaign
Benefits for the young people include:
- Improves health and wellbeing of young people
- Increase health literacy
- Supports messages of personal, social and health education/spiritual, moral, social and cultural education
- School will have advocates they can use to increase health promotion, participation and capture the young people’s voice
- Opportunity to develop peer support networks and identify volunteers
- Increase to education offers which is ambitious for our young people
- Increase of confident and self-reliant young people who have been encouraged to raise their aspirations
There is no cost to this programme.
- Create a support network for young people in school
- Opportunity to lead on proactive programmes of behaviour change
- Development of skills for the workplace
- Increased knowledge of positive and negative influences on health
- Increase links to the key local and national support services
- Gain confidence in communication skills
- Able to signpost peers, family and the wider community to services
- Lead on programmes of work on behalf of organisations
- Participate in service redesign and delivery
- Opportunities for CV development
The Young Health Champions will require staff support during and post delivery.
There is currently no offer for young people with SEND.
The YHC programme takes approximately 30 hours to complete and can be delivered in three different formats;
Can be delivered in the school setting or in the local community (if appropriate setting is secured and agreed). Young people must commit to the complete the course with school staff support.
- Dedicated after school sessions 2.5/3 hours each week
- Four full days in over half term
- Half/ full days in the summer holidays