Funding was eventually found and the primary 6 class were approached and asked if they would support the development of a DVD called ‘To create a world where young people chose not to smoke’.
“It was obvious from the start that this was going to develop into something exciting that would impact the community. The pupils were extremely driven and so very excited about the prospect of all this with lots of ideas and community issues to do with tobacco. So as well as developing this educational resource, the pupils wanted to share their knowledge by putting on an exhibition and look at how they could make their playparks a smokefree zone,” explained Angela.
As well as organising events to highlight the effects of smoking, pupils wrote to their local councillor to raise concerns over teenagers smoking in their local park.
This project has impacted the whole school and the wider community with over 200 people being engaged through the events and 42 referrals to the Stop Smoking Service. Pupils are continuing to work with their local councillor in order to address smoking in their local park. The DVD and schools pack is currently in development as budding actors from Falla Hill film scenes in preparation for the September launch. This resource will be made available to all West Lothian schools and the regeneration team will support any community action that arises as a result of this.
“We will be looking for this resource to be used within all West Lothian primary schools and hope that this will spur on future community youth champions,” added Angela.