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Posted: 22/06/15

Health champs get top thanks

Health and social care students at West Nottinghamshire College were applauded last week for their year’s efforts in supporting other students at health events.

Health champions congratulated by advisor Mark Cantrill, head of student support Paul Rana and student advisor Rebecca Marriott

On Wednesday (17 June) Kaylee Hibbitt, Saphire Ramsden, Natalie Hill, Casey Meehan and Ryan McLean were all given certificates of thanks for their roles as health champions – new student-led positions which support students across all college campuses.

The students, who are all studying on the Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care have volunteered throughout the academic year working on a range of health events at the college, while also gaining credible extra-curricular experience.

Each health champion also received a £10 Love To Shop voucher and a ticket to see a performance at Mansfield’s Old Library theatre.

Events which the team have supported include the New Year, New Me event in January which was organised by the college’s student health and welfare team and advised students on how to improve their health and wellbeing.

The champions were also on hand to engage with students during sexual health awareness week (15-19 September) when learners from all campuses joined together at the Derby Road campus to look at ways of improving their sexual health and knowledge.

Health and welfare advisor Mark Cantrill said: “It’s been a great experience for our health champions to take on their new roles and we’ve seen just how well other students interact and engage with people their own age when seeking health-related advice.

“The concept of having champion students to represent areas of the college is already rolling out across other areas of the college.”

Health champion Natalie Hill, 17, said: “We’ve had lots of training to help us adapt to the health champion roles and it’s been a unique experience.

“As a health and social care student it’s definitely given me relevant and interesting experience – meeting real people needing real healthcare advice.”