Young people triumph by completing health course

Forest School Leaders Dawn White and Sue Evans with their pupils outside the school

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ELEVEN young people trying to get back on their feet have been rewarded for completing a course.

The 16 to 25-year-olds living in the Portsmouth Foyer – a sheltered housing complex – won high street shopping vouchers and certificates for completing the six-week Get Real About Health scheme.

Events they took part in included fishing, clay pigeon shooting, cooking and recognising the dangers of alcohol misuse.

Shanika Bradley, 19, one of the Foyer residents who completed the scheme, said: ‘It was brilliant. I learnt lots of new things in the workshops that have helped me to live a healthier lifestyle.

‘The workshops helped me build my self confidence and self esteem, and the substance misuse ones taught me lots of things I didn’t know. I have definitely become busier in the kitchen since completing the scheme, and make much healthier meals.’

The scheme aims to help young people like those living in The Foyer, in Edinburgh Road, Southsea, embrace healthier lifestyles.

Mark Cox, education, employment and training manager at The Foyer, said: ‘I hope the skills the young people have learnt on this scheme will enable them to move towards living independent lives.’