Free impartial advice for u25 students at SERC campuses

Brendan Whittle Director of Childrens Services & Executive Director of Social Work at South Eastern health and Social Care Trust and Ken Webb SERC Principal and Chief Executive, sign the Memorandum of Understanding which will allow the two organisations to work in partnership to operate the Youth Heath Advice Service at the campus.
Brendan Whittle Director of Childrens Services & Executive Director of Social Work at South Eastern health and Social Care Trust and Ken Webb SERC Principal and Chief Executive, sign the Memorandum of Understanding which will allow the two organisations to work in partnership to operate the Youth Heath Advice Service at the campus.

The South Eastern Regional College (SERC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust (SEHSCT).

This will allow the two organisations to work in partnership and alongside other community-based partners to operate the Youth Heath Advice Service.

The Youth Health Advice Service offers free, tailored, impartial advice on a range of health and wellbeing topics to anyone under the age of 25 at the SERC Campuses.

SERC, though their partnership with the SEHSCT, opened the on-campus service back in 2012 which focus on raising awareness and giving advice on general health issues as well as issues such as drugs, alcohol, smoking cessation, sexual health, and emotional health and wellbeing.

The service is available from 9:30am - 12:30pm once a week at each of the college’s campuses, with support from the County Down Rural Community Network, YMCA and The Link (Newtownards).

The signing ceremony, held at the College’s Downpatrick Campus was witnessed by college students, SERC staff and Trust representatives and was a unique opportunity to raise awareness of the service across the community.