VLC & Young Addaction Partner Up

VLC & Young Addaction Partner Up widnesvikings.co.uk

5th July 2017

The partnership between the Vikings Learning Centre and Young Addaction was launched in January to start the New Year. 

The objective of the Vikings Learning Centre, through its partnership with Riverside College and the Rank Foundation, is to offer an alternate, inspiring route for local young people to achieve qualifications, and access support to progress onto further education, employment or enterprise opportunities. Since its inception in September 2015, over 100 people have accessed provision which is based from the Halton Stadium.

Young Addaction provides friendly and expert advice on drugs and alcohol for young people aged 10 to 19 (up to age of 25 with additional needs). Our service users are at the heart of what we do and recovery for all our service users is our ultimate ambition. However, we know that this will require a different range of interventions for different people; this is why we offer such a wide range of services.

Young Addaction has partnered with the Vikings Learning Centre and will provide education, advice and guidance around a varying amount of topics that include Sexual health and positive relationships, Education and Drug Awareness delivered by the Amy Winehouse Foundation. Students also have the opportunity to access positive activities and the Duke of Edinburgh Award. This will support young people to maintain their The DofE gives young people the chance to do something completely new and improve on things they are already doing. It takes young people out of their comfort zone and into a place where they will push themselves and have amazing new experiences. They will build confidence, resilience, skills for work and friendship groups. This project will support

As part of the launch, the Learning Centre students visited Velocity in Widnes with Young Addaction ahead of their partnership going forward in the future. 

Caroline Atkinson and Joanne Illidge came to talk to the Learners this week about Sexual health Education and positive relationships, in an informative and engaging session. 

Joshua Corless, Student Ambassador at the Learning Centre, says: "Caroline and Joanne were great when they came in and spoke to us about Sex Education," he said. 

"These types of sessions are important as they teach you about things that you wouldn't usually learn about in the classroom so that can only be a benefit to us, and hopefully there is more to come in the future."

Liam Clark, Head of Education at Widnes Vikings, says: "I'd like to thank Caroline and Joanne for coming on as part of our partnership with Young Addaction," he said.

"These initiatives are of massive importance to those on the course, and they are engaging enough for the students to listen and actively partake in them and ensure the key messages that are being promoted are taken away with them once they've finished."

VLC & Young Addaction Partner Up widnesvikings.co.uk