Students help out at county healthcare event

Four dedicated Shrewsbury College learners were selected to be ‘Champion Students’ at the Shropshire Young People’s Health and Wellbeing Conference last week.

Josie Bailey, Georgia Kinton, Hayley Rider and Beth Young are all currently studying Level 3 Health & Social Care at the College. “We were nominated by our course tutors to help organise the conference,” said Georgia, 17. “We attended all the meetings in the run up to the event and helped in the workshops on the day. It was great experience for us.”

“The conference was a fun and interesting way for students to learn about health and wellbeing,” added Hayley, 18.

More than 130 young people from across the county attended the conference. “It was a very good turnout,” said Shrewsbury College’s Student Engagement Coordinator, Gina Cusack.  “The aim of the day was to identify student needs around health and wellbeing issues and how they can best be supported.

“We were delighted to welcome key speakers Dr Caron Morton, Accountability Director of Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group, Steve Wain, Principal of Shrewsbury College, and the inspiring Rachel Harvey, who has raised thousands of pounds for various cancer charities.

“We received some very positive feedback from the students,” continued Miss Cusack. “The Shropshire County Clinical Commissioning Group is very supportive and interested to hear the voices of young people. Hopefully the issues raised at the event will feed into their priorities in the next couple of years.”

Held at Shrewsbury Town Football Club, the event included workshops in emotional wellbeing, sexual health, domestic violence, and how health and wellbeing can affect education. There was also a performance from theatre education company, Loudmouth, and a number of information stands to signpost students to healthcare services available to them.
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