4:56pm Thursday 19th September 2013
VOLUNTEERS are leading a research project to help improve the health of teenagers.
Five ‘peer mentors’ have already been recruited to reach out to residents aged between 13 and 25 to build up a picture of health issues ranging from drug and alcohol misuse to mental health and smoking in Middlesbrough’s Hemlington, Gresham and University wards.
The investigation, run by Hemlington Detached Youth Work Project (LINX), has been funded for one year by Middlesbrough Public Health.
Dora Machaira, Youth Health Research Worker at Linx, said: “We will conduct interviews and focus groups to discuss in detail the health inequalities experienced by young people.
The five peer mentors aged 17 to 27 will receive training from Teesside University.
“As a result, we will be able to provide percentages and rates of certain behaviours and issues among young people in Middlesbrough as well as the reasons that lie behind them," she added.
“This will enable us to develop practical, tailored interventions, specifically designed to tackle health inequalities and their impact on young people that live in the Hemlington, University and Gresham wards."
To apply for vacancy as a peer mentor in the project contact Dora Machaira on 01642-591955 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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