The Brief Interventions team have joined forces with the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London (CONEL) to do work with students on alcohol awareness
HAGA has been working with CONEL to deliver a series of interactive workshops designed to enable students at the college to make informed choices about alcohol. Going to college is a big change for young people and making a new set of friends can be daunting. Nine out of ten students that we spoke to felt that alcohol is a big part of Fresher’s Week. Students told us that their peers ‘prepare to get wasted’ during Fresher’s celebrations.
We have been running workshops with students studying hairdressing to health and social care, learning about the ‘ins’ and ‘outs’ of alcohol and getting to know which tools can be used to make that ‘possibly’ difficult conversation with a student about harmful drinking easier.
This year, a group of media students, inspired by the workshops, decided to make alcohol the focus of a short film and HAGA supported the process of developing and editing the film. We’re really proud to see young people taking the initiative to get their own messages about alcohol out of their peers.
Carla White-Sanches, Brief Intervention Specialist, who has led the work with the college said: “Working with the college has really developed our team as we now have become more informed in the type of alcohol awareness advice that works with students. We find that taking a harm reduction approach is most effective.”