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Young people make the big screen

Thursday, 03 July, 2014
Young people make the big screen

Helping to put people at ease before visiting a North Tyneside sexual health service, a group of thoughtful youngsters have created a DVD about the centre for their peers.

The new film will be used by school nurses, teaching staff and health professionals when talking to young people about sexual health.

During the short five-minute film, the camera takes you along the route to the One to One Centre, in Shiremoor, from the nearest Metro station, before showing the inside of the centre and a nurse holding an appointment with a young person.

Produced by North Tyneside Council’s Young Person’s Health and Wellbeing group and the YMCA’s Young Health Champions, it was premiered at Jam Jar Cinema, in Whitley Bay.

After attending the premiere, director of public health for North Tyneside, Marietta Evans said: “The DVD is an excellent resource and will make a big difference, helping to show just how accessible the centre is.

“Visiting a sexual health service can be a daunting experience for any young person, but knowing what to expect will assist in allaying any fears they may have.

“The young people have done such a fantastic job and I must thank them for their efforts.”

To view the video click here.

Also joining Marietta Evans, as well as other council officials, health professionals and the young people, was Dr Helen Mcilveen, clinical manager for sexual health services in North Tyneside  at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust  who said: “We are delighted to be working alongside young people to create this film and raise awareness of our free sexual health services.

“We offer a one stop shop for young people providing friendly confidential screening, treatment, support and advice to meet all of your sexual health needs, whatever your situation.”

The One to One Centre has also recently been awarded ‘You’re Welcome’ status – a national quality framework from the Department of Health to  ensure that health services are young person friendly. Young people train as verifiers to inspect and award the service with the quality mark.

The One to One Centre on Brenkley Avenue, Shiremoor, provides a range of services including contraception advice and services, including vasectomies; free condoms; cervical smears, sexually transmitted infection and HIV screening; pregnancy testing; pregnancy decision making options and support, counselling and more.

Appointments can be made by calling 0191 297 0441, or alternatively, the centre also offers a drop-in and queue service. For more information visit here.

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