Year 2 Health & Social Care students have been planning a small scale health campaign as part of their Health Promotion Unit, in collaboration with HFT, a national charity that supports people with learning disabilities and their families.
The event planning included researching the needs and abilities of the audience to find suitable topics and government initiatives to link to on a local and national level, and apply these to their campaign. The students delivered and planned the campaigns around service users at the Learning Zone in Bradford. They visited the site beforehand and worked in groups to design a variety of activities.
The students set up, managed and organised the campaigns including Healthy Eating, Safe Sex, Personal Hygiene, Oral Care, Safeguarding and Healthy Relationships, adapting and improvising to the service users.
We were impressed by the planning and preparation that had gone into the students campaigns. The activities were fresh and new, and such a variety was helpful to the service users to introduce some tricky topics in a creative way.Staff from HFT
The service users enjoyed getting involved in the activities, in particularly making a friendship tree by decorating paper hands, identifying healthy and unhealthy items or learning how to correctly brush their teeth and wash their hands.
The students gained a great wealth of experience working with adults who have varying abilities. They were able to overcome barriers of communication and apply their classroom knowledge in a real-life setting.
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