Tonbridge and Malling Health Champions are rewarded

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Last Updated: 21 Oct 2019 12:02pm

Students from Tonbridge Grammar School received a special Health Champions Award on Friday 11 October at Tonbridge Grammar School. The Deputy Mayor of Tonbridge and Malling, Cllr Roger Roud thanked the 11 award winners for completing the Young Health Champions course and presented them with certificates and prizes.

Tonbridge Community Alcohol Partnership (CAP) delivered the course at the school to give young people the skills, confidence and knowledge to deliver positive health messages to other young people.

During the course students learnt about the risks to physical, mental and social health, ranging from social media issues to substance misuse. They developed a better understanding of the services and facilities available in their local community and engaged with their peers at school and in the wider community to provide support and guidance on healthy behaviours.

As Young Health Champions, the students led a health promotion campaign on an issue that really matters to them in their local area which they discussed at the awards ceremony.

The Young Health Champions course is a Level 2 qualification which Tonbridge Community Alcohol Partnership (CAP) is delivering to the school, to give young people the skills, confidence and knowledge to deliver positive health messages to other young people.

CAPs bring together and support local partnerships of councils, police, retailers, schools, health providers and community groups across the UK to reduce alcohol harm to young people, improve their health and wellbeing and enhance their communities. Nearly 200 CAPs across the country have had outstanding impacts on local crime, anti-social behaviour, litter, residents’ feelings of safety and reductions in the purchase of alcohol.

The Deputy Mayor of Tonbridge and Malling, Cllr Roger Roud says: “It is a delight to celebrate the achievements of these young people in awarding these certificates and prizes today and the work of the Tonbridge CAP. It is so important to get these health messages out to everyone as widely as possible and it is a credit to these students that they have been so successful in making this happen.

Although the Tonbridge CAP was only launched just over a year ago, they’ve had great success getting their health messages out to local young people in really creative ways, involving Tonbridge Grammar School in their work. We hope more schools in the area will see the huge benefits of getting involved in CAP’s work.”

Gillian Walters, Programme Manager and Adviser for South East England, who attended from CAP said: “Drinking at a young age can blight young people’s lives at a time when they need to make important decisions about their education and their future. CAPs are doing fantastic work all around the UK to build their resilience and equip them to make the right decisions about their lives – and we’re delighted to see these young champions taking the lead in raising awareness of the effects of underage drinking.”