Big ShoutER for award-winners

A GROUP of young people from East Renfrewshire has won an award for its work to reduce the harm caused by tobacco.

The award was given to the Big ShoutER — a volunteer group which was set up by four youngsters who realised that young people were not given the opportunity to shape services which targeted them and there was a lack of understanding of their health needs.

The group worked with others to develop Peer Education packs and to deliver peer education sessions about the harmful effects of tobacco to other young people both within school and the community.

The group were given a Croften award, which recognises the contributions of young people in Scotland make towards reducing the harm caused by tobacco.

Emma Alford from the Big ShoutER group, said: “It is an honour to be presented with this award as it highlights all our hard work over the past few years.

“The fact that we are being recognised nationwide only makes me wonder how far we can go as a peer education group after our success so far.

“When I joined the group last year, I never expected that something like this would happen.”

The influence of peer education has been shown to be an effective methods of changing the attitudes of young people.