Surrey Heath schoolchildren enjoy interactive Young Citizen programme

More than 400 Year 7 students from across Surrey Heath learned about leading safe, healthy lives by taking part in the Young Citizen programme last week (Nov 22-24).

The course aims to help young people broaden their social responsibility skills and learn how to deal with real-life situations.

Through a range of interactive sessions, students explored themes such as first aid, alcohol awareness, personal safety, peer pressure, as well as internet safety and how they can report a crime anonymously.

Collingwood - Counter Terrorism Prevent session
Collingwood – Counter Terrorism Prevent session

Students from Kings International College and Collingwood College were involved in the practical sessions delivered by qualified professionals.

Among those hosting the workshops were: Surrey Police, St John Ambulance, Counter Terrorism Policing – Prevent, Surrey Crimestoppers and Solomon Theatre Company.

As part of the programme, students watched a play by the Solomon Theatre Company entitled ‘Last Orders’, acted out by young people to highlight issues around alcohol abuse, peer pressure and its consequences.

Collingwood - St John Ambulance session
Collingwood – St John Ambulance session

Surrey Heath Borough Council Children’s Champion Cllr Josephine Hawkins said: “I’d like to thank all the partner organisations involved for their continued support on this invaluable initiative.

“Young Citizen is a brilliantly effective way of helping young people gain the knowledge and skills to lead safe, healthy lives. I enjoyed visiting this year’s event, and I’m sure the students involved have benefitted hugely from this experience.”

Kings College - Fearless
Kings College – Fearless

The course proved inspirational for pupils too.

Collingwood College Year 7 student Matthew Hadlington said: “We learnt, laughed and focused on the Young Citizen course – it was great at teaching us many things that we needed to know.”

Fellow pupil Jonah Doyle added: “I thought all the lessons were very useful for our later lives.”

Kings College - Surrey Police
Kings College – Surrey Police

Kings College pupil Soniya Bishwakarma said: “It was fun and educational. We learnt to keep safe and to be smart, it was enjoyable and there were lots of people involved,” while fellow Year 7 student Angel Parmar added: “We’ve learnt so much – how to be private on social media, what a crime means, and the dangers of drinking and encouraging others to drink.”

The course is organised and funded by the Safer Surrey Heath Partnership and the schools involved.

www.surreyheath.gov.uk/youngcitizen

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