Search

Yarmouth school trip to STD clinic

PUBLISHED: 11:22 26 April 2010 | UPDATED: 17:33 30 June 2010

A school trip normally means a day out at a museum or nature reserve, but pupils from Great Yarmouth have recently gone on a tour of an NHS sexually transmitted disease (STD) clinic.

A school trip normally means a day out at a museum or nature reserve, but pupils from Great Yarmouth have recently gone on a tour of an NHS sexually transmitted disease (STD) clinic.

In a pioneering initiative for the region, teenage girls from one local high school were shown round the Bure Clinic at James Paget University Hospital, Gorleston, and given a chance to inspect facilities and ask questions.

The trip, organised outside of the clinic's working hours, was the idea of the charity GFS Platform which works to improve life opportunities for young women, in many cases teenage mothers.

Sally Rozier, GFS Platform's strategy and development manager in Yarmouth, said it was an extension of their long-standing sexual health peer educators programme, which saw young women supported by the charity going into high schools to raise awareness about the realities of teenage pregnancy and parenthood.

These volunteers had been going on fact-finding visits to the Bure clinic for years, but the recent trip was the first involving a party of high school pupils escorted by GFS Platform staff.

Hailing it as a success, she said: “It allows them to experience how it feels to walk through the doors of a sexual health clinic to learn

about the confidential services it provides.”

Ms Rozier said they had good links with all the local high schools as well as the clinic and would be happy to organise future trips.

The trial scheme has won the enthusiastic support of a county council expert and local headteacher, although a national parents' campaign group has expressed scepticism.


If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Great Yarmouth Mercury. Click the link in the orange box above for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Latest from the Great Yarmouth Mercury