Better Care

Young ambassadors lead the way in healthy living

School pupils from across Sandwell came together to celebrate their achievements in promoting healthy lifestyles as part of an established school nurse ambassador project (SSNAP) in the borough.

Pupils from both primary and secondary schools gathered in Sandwell Town Hall, alongside their teachers and BCHC school nursing colleagues, to share good practice and celebrate the project’s success. Public Health England’s lead nurse for children young people and families Wendy Nicholson also attended the event to find out more about the project, now in its fourth year.

One pupil, 11-year-old Harrison Wright, spoke about his weight-loss journey and shared tips on how to prepare delicious and nutritious meals and keep fit. The youngster’s inspiring story has already attracted local media interest, as well as a following on social media.

Smoothie bike
School nurse support worker Lorraine with Harrison Wright on the smoothie bike, Sandwell School Nurse Ambassador day
Sandwell School Nurses
Wendy Nicholson National Lead Nurse for Children Young People and Families, Public Health England, Shawinder Basra-Dhillon and Heidi Ferrier-Hixon

The project aims to get young people involved in shaping school nurse services in their community – empowering them to kick-start positive changes in the health and wellbeing of their peers by setting a good example.

At the event, young people were invited to present on topics they have been involved in promoting in their ambassadorial role. This included dispelling myths around sugary drinks, top tips on how to manage obesity and anti-bullying advice.

The interactive event also had people working for their lunch. Attendees were invited to try out a smoothie bike, which uses pedal power connected to a blender to create the fruit drinks.

Shawinder Basra-Dhillon, clinical lead for school nursing in Sandwell said: “This was a fantastic occasion, led by the children and young people of Sandwell.

“We are extremely lucky to have a generation who are thinking about their future in a healthy, positive way. These young people are the future of our society and it is wonderful to see what their hard work, as school nurse ambassadors, can achieve.”

For further information about the SSNAP please email