School nurse ambassadors celebrated

Published 4th July 2018

School nurse ambassador project
School nurse ambassadors celebrated

Children from schools across Sandwell got together at West Bromwich Town Hall to celebrate another year of the Sandwell School Nurse Ambassador Project (SSNAP).

The project encourages children to act as ambassadors for the health of their fellow pupils by promoting all kinds of health and well-being messages from the importance of healthy eating to anti-bullying projects.

Elaine Costigan, cabinet member for public health and protection attended the event. She said: "School nurses do such a valuable job to help and support our young people.

“They deal with many areas of emotional and physical health and with the help of our young ambassadors they continue to ensure our young people are as healthy as they can be.

"This project is now in its seventh year and is now being recognised nationally for its success.

"It was lovely to see the young people's ideas and achievements celebrated as at this event. It's also great to see the school nurses and highlight the great work they do in Sandwell."

Councillor Simon Hackett, cabinet member for children's services also attended the event. He said: "This is such a great event and I'm so impressed with the children and young people who are leading the way in helping to keep their fellow pupils healthy.

"It's also good to see such a wide age range of children involved in the Sandwell School Nurse Ambassador Project."
The SSNAP Project was launched in 2012 with its aims being to support children and young people in embracing their own and the health of their own school communities and empowering them to drive forward and inspire their peers in embracing public health.

There are currently more than 200 school nurse ambassadors across Sandwell supporting their schools in a variety of projects ranging from healthy eating roadshows to anti-bullying campaigns.

The event at West Bromwich Town Hall was led by young people demonstrating how this student led bespoke programme has evolved and made a difference.