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Innovative project promotes the wellbeing of young people in east London

Civic Engagement Fund 2015

Civic engagement fund

A new and innovative project saw local schools in east London combine forces with UEL around a community-based learning project focused on improving the health and wellbeing of children and young people.

Teachers from east London schools gathered at UEL’s Stratford Campus for a day of discussions and seminars which focused on health education and health education inequalities in local communities. The event drew 16 teachers.

The project was led by academics from the Cass School of Education and Communities and the Institute for Health and Human Development. The project was also supported by the Schools Health and Wellbeing Research Network, which is hosted by University College London. 

The participating teachers said it was useful to have research links with UEL and ‘eye opening’ to see the health issues that young people face. They also said it was inspiring to see how school teachers and university academics can work together to change things for the better. 

Dr Darren Sharpe, a research fellow with UEL’s Institute of Health and Human Development, said the project was a “fantastic initiative”.

“Connecting with local schools and working with them to identify needs when it comes to children and people’s health and wellbeing is important,” he said.