At Roundabout we know that prevention works best when intervention comes as early as possible. That’s why our Peer Education Project focuses on delivering homeless education to students under 16 years old.
Our dedicated team of Peer Educators are all young people who have experienced homelessness themselves. They are trained to deliver sessions in schools, generally in PSHE lessons, and gain a BTEC Level 2 Award in Skills for further learning and employment.
The lessons aims to raise awareness of youth homelessness, break down stereotypes, explore the reasons young people become homeless using real life stories, and inform young people of local organisations that can help with problems at home.
Again, our message is simple; home is the best place to be if it is safe to be there.
“The sessions were very well planned and fitted in really well with the topics we had already studied & are about to study. Students gained an excellent insight into what homelessness is & how easy it is to become homeless, with the majority of students changing their perceptions as a result. The stories from the peer educators had a real impact & students have asked further questions about homelessness following the sessions. I would love to continue a yearly link with Roundabout.” Teacher at Forge Valley School
“It made it clearer to understand what homelessness actually is and how it can affect anyone.” Y10 student, UTC Olympic Legacy Park
“The best thing about the lesson was the personal stories because it’s easier to understand when it’s from a personal experience.” Y8 student, Firth Park Academy
For more information about Peer Education, email Jonathan, our Peer Education Worker or call on 0114 272 8424.