Barnstaple Petroc event promotes health and wellbeing

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By tinap | Friday, December 14, 2012, 10:28

Students at Petroc have been learning about safety, health and wellbeing, thanks to the B Safe 4 Life event that was held at the Barnstaple Campus this week.

The event saw exhibitors from a number of key agencies fill the Stanbury Hall to offer advice and guidance to the College's students.Representatives from the 999 Academy were at the event, testing visitor's braking reactions for driving, and the South Western Ambulance Service were also there to talk to students about the importance of responding quickly when confronted with someone in a life threatening situation.

Graham Redwood and Lionel Murphy from Exmoor Search and Rescue were there to raise awareness of the voluntary work they do.

"A lot of Petroc's students are involved in outdoor pursuits and were really interested to hear about the work we do," said Lionel.

"It's been great to come into the College and raise our profile among the students," he added.

Alison Tollafield and Sarah Fuller from iLiveiGive, the South West campaign to raise awareness of organ donation, were running a competition at the event. Students were invited to put forward ideas of how they could wear iLiveiGive's limited edition t-shirts to promote organ donation.

Sam Conybeer won the competition. He said: "I play in a band so have agreed to wear the t-shirt at our next gig to raise awareness. I'm looking forward to it."

 Sarah said she was really pleased with the response from students at the event. She said: "So far 12 people have signed the organ donor register, which is fantastic, and lots have taken forms to fill out at home."

"I've actually been pleasantly surprised by how forward thinking the students are. Quite often people are squeamish or don't know much about organ donation, but all the people I've talked to have been very knowledgeable and are also keen to find out more," said Sarah.

Cathy Pearce, the College's nurse, was also at the event to provide free condoms to students who have signed up for a C Card – a scheme designed to offer a young person-friendly environment for students to access contraception and talk about sexual health issues.

The College has been praised for its young people's health services and in 2011 was awarded the NHS 'You're Welcome' accreditation.

 Cathy said: "I think it's vital that we hold events like this to continue to promote health and wellbeing and raise awareness of the agencies that are available for young people, so they know what help is out there should they need it."

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