Sir John Lawes Wellbeing Conference
05 December 2019
Fourteen young people from Sir John Lawes School worked with Youth Workers from Hertfordshire County Councils targeted youth service, YC Hertfordshire, to complete The Royal Society for Public Health’s Young Health Champions course over the last academic year, equipping them with the skills to provide mental health support to their peers.
The course has taught them about different aspects of health and how services have changed over time from post war NHS to modern day Public Health initiatives. As part of the course the young people were required to deliver a peer message, so this group delivered messages around drugs, alcohol and body image.
A requirement of the course funding was to plan and deliver a community event within their school. The group chose to run a Wellbeing Conference where they delivered a carousel of activities about health and wellbeing to delegates of secondary school age. Activities included sessions on drugs and alcohol awareness, celebrities and their mental health, as well as plotting a variety of scenarios on a mental health scale.
Over 20 local services and charities were invited to participate and these included Herts Young Homeless, Safe Space, The Ollie Foundation and a Hate Crime Police Officer. The aim was to make the young people aware of the services available to them in their local area.
All delegates were asked to take part in a scavenger hunt where they had to hunt out information about the different services present on the day. Parents, teachers and other students were invited for the final part of the day to share information about their local services and learn how to support young people with their mental health and wellbeing.
Feedback from the day was extremely positive:
‘I just wanted to thank you again for supporting our students so well to put on such a well-planned and successful conference. They will have learnt such a lot from you and you’ve really enabled them to do something they can be so proud of,’ Emma – Assistant Head.
‘I wanted to say a huge thanks for letting us be a part of the day, and also wanted to feedback that the ‘quizzes’ that the students had were great for encouraging them to engage with the different services. I’ve attended many wellbeing/freshers style fairs and your quiz idea meant that I had possibly the most engagement I’ve had at any I’ve been to- so well done for organising everything so well.’ Sarah – Herts Young Homeless.