Published: 18/01/2018 07:00 - Updated: 11/01/2018 12:00

Project helps empower students

Students with additional support needs at Inverness College UHI are to take part in a community journalism project to help pupils with similar needs prepare for life after school.

The university’s Skillsbuilder 2 class has teamed up with the Health and Happiness charity to create a series of videos, which will be used as an online guide for people with additional support needs.

The students are coming up with ideas for the videos, which will tell pupils about life after school, how to prepare for college and what to expect. The videos will be made by Health and Happiness, uploaded onto its website and shared by Inverness College UHI.

Anne-Marie Harmsworth, supported education lecturer at Inverness College UHI, said: "The students are really excited to be involved in this project, because it’s all about empowerment.

"They all agree that such a resource would have been really helpful when they were preparing to leave school, which can be a really daunting prospect for any pupil."

It is just one project the students are working with Health and Happiness on over the coming months. Charity manager Ellie Wolf is also keen to provide training to the students to enable them to sit on future interview boards for lecturer and classroom assistant posts within the supported education department.

And she has been speaking to the students about the charity’s plans to introduce a "Dates and Mates" website, which would allow young people with additional support needs the opportunity to make new friends and potentially new partners locally.

"Feedback from students at Inverness College UHI has been really positive," Ms Harmsworth added.

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