Culcheth High School is excited to introduce the Youth Health Champion Programme!
A Youth Health Champion (YHC) is a student who is trained to act as a link between students and other health professionals and specialist services. YHCs do not give direct health advice, counselling or one-to-one support – they signpost fellow students to relevant health services.
Students in Year 9 and 10 were offered the opportunity to become a Youth Health Champion, and were selected and recruited following a selection process which identified key qualities and attributes in the successful candidates. Students were recruited as YHCs for their ability to motivate, inspire and lead others rather than on the basis of educational attainment.
As a team, the YHCs plan and deliver health promotion campaigns to their peers; their first campaign is focusing on Emotional Health and Wellbeing and will support the inter-schools launch of the Future in Mind initiative in October. The YHC programme (accredited by the Royal Society for Public Health) was delivered by Warrington Borough Council Health Service during Activities Week, where the students were required to undertake three compulsory units, and one optional unit chosen from a range of topics, covering health behaviours relevant to a young audience.
The main aim of the YHC programme is to support the emotional and mental health and well-being of all students, with the idea being that this will become a rolling programme for generations to come. Culcheth High School, as the commissioning school for the Future in Mind initiative, were the inaugural school to receive the training, which will be subsequently delivered across all Warrington schools.
Many thanks to the Public Health Team for the outstanding support, provision and knowledge provided to our students