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Amplify Project Engages with over 100 students


Healthwatch Blackburn with Darwen’s ‘Amplify’ Project engaged with over 100 young people at Darwen Vale High Schools Super Enrichment Day on Monday 14th November. Young people discussed a wide range of issues, including Body Image, Drugs & Alcohol and Sexual Health. The feedback gathered will help ensure young people have a voice on the way local provision is designed & delivered.


Ben Pearson Interim Chief Officer said ‘Super Enrichment Days are always a great opportunity to listen to the views & experiences of young people over fun & interactive activities. Ensuring that the project is young person led we are fortunate to have a growing number of Amplify Champions, they actively facilitated their own groups on the day & did an excellent job! A number of groups performed a role play around the issue they chose to discuss which was brilliant in the short time they had.’



Young People had the following to say,

‘this lesson was fun because we got to express the difficulties in life!’

 ‘the lesson was good, and we enjoyed participating. We think that the lesson helped us’

 ‘todays lesson has been great’

 Mr Wilson, DVHS who coordinated Super Enrichment Day was also positive ‘Thanks, again you sacrificed much time and effort to be with us, so we really do appreciate it. The feedback was positive too!’

The Amplify Project is currently delivered in five high schools & one primary school in the borough, they also work with a number youth organisations including Blackburn Youth Zone & Nightsafe. Later this month they will be delivering a workshop at Darwen Vale High School exploring the issues facing young men, this will link in with Men’s Health Month.