Reading School Boys Spread the Message about the Risks of Underage Drinking
14 year old Reading School boys, Beck Walker and Charles Carter have passed the Level 2 Youth Champion Awards and will now represent Reading Community Alcohol Partnership (CAP) as CAP Youth Champions, developing initiatives and projects to tackle underage drinking.
Both boys are pupils at The Reading Boys School, where CAP and Berkshire Community Foundation have funded the Youth Health Champion scheme, which is run by Reading Council Officers.
The course is designed to give young people the skills, knowledge and confidence to act as peer mentors, increasing awareness of healthy lifestyles and encouraging involvement in activities to promote good health.
They received their awards along with six other pupils who received Certificates of Achievement for taking part in the course.
Reading CAP was set up in January 2015 as a partnership between Reading Borough Council, local police, retailers, schools and neighbourhood groups and health providers. It aims to reduce the sale of alcohol to young people, advise them on the dangers of drinking and provide alcohol-free activities through youth services and local charities.
Beck Walker said: “It's nice to know we are taking an active part in our role in the community. I feel honoured to have the chance to educate and help reading grow into a better place.”
Cllr Graeme Hoskin, Reading Borough Council’s Lead Member for Health, said: “Congratulations to all the boys who have taken part in this course. Evidence suggests young people are more likely to seek advice from their peers, making Youth Health Champions a more effective way of getting health messages across.”
Certificate Winners are: