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Young people learn to become peer advisers

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: December 05, 2013

TRAINING: Linda Ramdeen, community development worker for Health Promotion Devon, with pupils.

TRAINING: Linda Ramdeen, community development worker for Health Promotion Devon, with pupils.

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A GROUP of students at Braunton Academy are taking part in a pilot project to teach their classmates about the dangers of smoking.

A total of 20 students from the school have been trained to be peer educators for the project, called #Makeanoise.

The students were given information about smoking and the tobacco industry during a special day-long course, before being asked to relay the key points to their peers in class.

Andy Parsons, personal, social, health and economic education co-ordinator at Braunton Academy, said the project had proven to be effective.

He said: "The programme has empowered our students with the skills and knowledge to have difficult conversations with their peers now and in the future.

"As a school we are very pleased with the way our students have embraced the excellent training programme the #Makeanoise team have delivered.

"We see peer education as one of the most effective tools in enabling young people to make good life decisions for their futures."

Lynne Palmer, manager of Health Promotion Devon which organised the project, said she hoped the scheme would help bring long term benefits to pupils at the school.

She said: "We are delighted to be working with Braunton Academy and have been impressed with their dedication to making smoking less attractive to their fellow students.

"By working with schools to raise knowledge of tobacco harm, we can help to influence attitudes and reduce the uptake of smoking by young people in Devon."

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