Last week, Baroness Newlove, the Government’s Champion for Active Safer Communities joined the High Sheriff of Surrey to watch a special musical performance by pupils from Bansted Community school as part of a programme designed to help them make safe choices around alcohol.
Alcohol Lessons for Life - delivered by Coram Life Education and supported by a grant from the High Sheriff Youth Awards scheme - addresses the problems alcohol can create for young people, parents, families and their local communities.
Baroness Newlove and pupils from Bansted Community school
Targeting Year 6 pupils approaching secondary school age, the programme covers the health risks and the anti-social behaviour that problem and binge drinking causes. The children are asked to present their findings as part of an interactive assembly for their parents to which school governors, neighbourhood police, councillors, local business people and neighbouring schools are also invited. The programme has been successfully piloted in primary schools across Surrey and funding has been extended for this year.
Baroness Newlove said:
I was delighted to see this innovative alcohol education programme which works with primary school children, their parents and teachers. It is never too early to start addressing negative issues around underage and binge drinking and it was refreshing to hear from the children themselves how they view their world, and what their solutions would be. We need to work together as a community, agencies and public, young and old to build, safe happy places for us all to live, work, and play in. In time, I’d like to see this fresh approach rolled out across the country.