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The Youth Health Champions award

North East Lincolnshire Council’s Young People’s Support Services (YPSS), in partnership with the Developing Healthier Communities team, are celebrating the success of two groups of elective home educated (EHE) young people, who are being awarded their level 2 qualification in Youth Health Champions promotion.

The Youth Health Champions programme is a peer education approach to health promotion, empowering young people in a variety of settings to have a positive influence on their own health and the health of those around them.

The course teaches young people skills which include understanding the benefits of a healthy lifestyle, learning the skills to make healthier choices, developing skills for the workplace, increasing their knowledge of risks of unhealthy behaviours and developing their CV.

The programme is recognised as a level 2 qualification, and can enhance young people’s CV and can benefit them in later life, either in employment or with further education.

Cllr Hyldon-King, portfolio holder for health and adult social care said: “The Youth Health Champions programme supports the national health improvement priorities of bodies such as Department of Health and Public Health England. It’s great to see young people wanting to learn more about a healthy lifestyle. The course ran twice, in the Autumn and Spring, and both courses received a great response.“

“The ceremony will be a great way to celebrate the success of all young people who are getting this award. The young people on this course have achieved a great deal throughout this time, gaining in confidence and experience.”

A ceremony to celebrate their achievement, when participants will receive their certificates, will take place at the Grimsby Town Hall on Wednesday 6 April 1.30-2.30pm.