Pupils raise the bar with health and wellbeing project

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Pupils from across Aberdeenshire have celebrated another successful year of the Health and Wellbeing Young Leaders programme.

The showcase event allowed pupils from 12 secondary schools to present the projects they have carried out within their school communities to encourage young people and their families to address their own health and wellbeing.

The Health and Wellbeing Young Leaders initiative is delivered in partnership with NHS Grampian and Aberdeenshire Alcohol and Drug Partnership.

The year-long project brings pupils together with partners in their local community to devise an engaging project which has a positive impact within their area.

Covering topics ranging from emotional and mental health, to substance misuse, nutrition and physical activity, these projects have given the pupils the opportunity to develop a variety of leadership skills and qualities whilst contributing to the wider curriculum at school.

Commenting, the young leaders at Banff Academy said: “On the whole, we believe the Health and Wellbeing Young Leaders’ Programme is an excellent initiative to be involved in. It allows individual schools to address their own individual topics and it encourages senior pupils to take on leadership roles and work on their own personal development”.

Director of Education, Learning and Leisure, Maria Walker, said: “This is the fourth year of our Health and Wellbeing Young Leaders programme and once again it has been a success. Since our launch conference in September, our young leaders have shown tremendous commitment and determination to see their projects from inception through to fruition.

“It is great to see so many different activities being undertaken in our schools which address a wide range of Health related topics.”