Peer Educators are young women aged 14-26 who are trained as peer educators.
Peer Educators are available within Guiding to run sessions for Brownie, Guide, Senior Section and adult groups on a variety of topics that affect them including:
Sessions are informal and could be anywhere between 30-90 minutes. They usually include games, activities and discussion – all based around a topic chosen specifically for the group.
Topics might include:
- Binge Drinking
- Bullying & Self-esteem
- Child Abuse
- Disability Awareness
- Eating Disorders
- Eating Disorders & Self-esteem
- Healthy Eating
- Healthy Relationships
- Learning Disabilities
- Mental Health
- Poverty and World Development
- Rights and Responsibilities
- Self Help
- Skills such as – Communication &Presentation, decision making, teamwork, leadership, planning and flexibility
For a full list of topics and skills sessions available, or to book a session, please contact us.
County Peer Educators News
Peer Education News
In November 2012 NYW held our first ever Peer Education Basic Training. By joining together with West Yorkshire North County we were able to run a residential weekend training at no charge to any member of the Senior Section from the two Counties who were interested in becoming or finding out more about Peer Education. We were joined by the County Coordinators of both counties, former Chair of 4CaST and current Region 4 Coordinator who are all friends of the Counties, and trained a fantastic, enthusiastic and inspiring group of young people as Peer Educators.
Over the weekend, the participants learnt the skills they will need to plan, develop and deliver Peer Education sessions to Brownies, Guides, Senior Section or adult groups within Girlguiding and can even take these skills outside of the organisation and deliver sessions to other groups of peers.
Once trained Peer Educators can run sessions on over 20 topics including Bullying, Media Awareness, Eating Disorders, Communication, Teamwork, Leadership, Refugees, Stress Management, Addictions and Global issues to name but a few!
What makes Peer Education different from school is that we do not teach those in a session – instead a typical session will include a variety of games, activities and discussion tasks which are led by young people aged 14-25 in a fun, informative and safe way – encouraging you to think about a topic you might not have addressed before, or perhaps one which you wish to develop your knowledge or skills in a certain area?
Peer Educators are a free resource to units, funded by Girlguiding and other funding sources, and available to be booked by any Leader to run a session for their girls. To find out more or to book a session please contact Emma Mackay who is currently coordinating the bookings.
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