Isabel Reid, Project Officer, from the National Deaf Children’s Society has been visiting Kingsbury High School to deliver a project called Helping Hands.
The initiative, funded by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund, enables schools to set up a peer support scheme by training students to become ‘Peer Buddies’ to help and support other students.
Peer Buddies can help new students settle in at school; listen to student’s experiences; and offer support on practical things such as managing schoolwork. The aim of the project is to create a supportive environment where young people can tackle issues in a positive and productive way.
Isabel said “The Helping Hands sessions with Kingsbury High School students were fantastic, they were full of enthusiasm and engaged so well with me. They learnt about the importance of emotional resilience and were given coping strategies for themselves and their peers in how they can tackle the challenges that life may throw at them. They also now know when to seek support and help from others if they or their peers need it. I’m delighted that they are now accredited mentors for the Helping Hands Peer Support Scheme at your school.”
Year 13 student, Hafsa Batool, attended the sessions and said “I found the Helping Hands project really valuable in developing my skills as a Peer Buddy. I have learnt a lot. I am hoping for a career in teaching, so I am looking forward to using these skills, both to help my peers and in my future career.”