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Peer Education

Young People Changing Lives through Peer Education - Preventing Youth Homelessness and Building Independent Living Skills


The Peer Education projects have grown out of the ideas of young homeless people in Bristol and South Gloucestershire. They have said that if someone had told them what they know now about leaving home and being homeless, it would have made a big difference to the choices they made.

The Peer Educators are all young people who have been homeless and/or experienced financial difficulty and want to make a difference to the lives of other young people in their local area. They are supported to plan, deliver and evaluate the workshops by our Peer Education Co-ordinator and have access to accreditation of their learning.

 

The Workshops

The Peer Educators run workshops in secondary schools and youth settings throughout Bristol and South Gloucestershire. Workshops link closely with the National Curriculum, particularly PSHE and Citizenship.
 

Our aims for Peer Eduction:

  • Inspire and motivate young people to leave home in a planned way
  • Challenge misconceptions about leaving home
  • Reduce youth homelessness
  • Encourage young people to take up support offered by schools, Learning Partnership West, youth workers and voluntary agencies
  • Increase skills and confidence of peer educators
  • Provide accreditation and qualifications, and increase the employability of peer educators
  • Provide opportunities for young people to make a difference in their communities

“I got involved because I wanted to help people who’ve had the same experiences so they don’t make the same mistakes when leaving home. It’s important because it helps people from becoming homeless, trying to solve the problems before they leave home.”
Peer Educator

More information:

Contact Melanie Lavin,  Participation and Learning Manager
0117 3178800 or melanie.lavin@1625ip.co.uk

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