Speed Dating Success for St John Fisher Students!

Local NHS community healthcare provider, Locala Community Partnerships CIC, invited Health and Social Care GCSE students from St John Fisher Catholic Voluntary Academy, Dewsbury to take part in a ‘speed dating’ session with healthcare professionals.

Around 30 pupils aged 15-16 years attended the Dewsbury event, to find out more about healthcare professions. Practitioners ranging from health visitors, physiotherapists, pharmacy technicians and alcohol nurses had a 10 minute ‘date’ with students, which involved introducing themselves and their roles, before being asked questions about their backgrounds, daily routines and for careers advice.

One student, Lara Kiely, said: “I think the session has been really interesting as I have been able to find out about many different healthcare roles. Being able to speak to the practitioners has taught me so much more than reading a leaflet or looking online. Today has made me realise that there are opportunities to move around in a healthcare career too.”

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Bailey Chatha, another student, said: “Today has been brilliant. It has helped me understand what support patients need, which will help me with my case studies project at school and I’m really interested in finding out more about becoming a Physiotherapist.”

St John Fisher’s Head of Vocational Studies, Mrs O’Hare, said: “It was fascinating finding out more about the different roles and services that Locala provide, some of which I didn’t even know existed. The students really engaged with the practitioners and asked lots of questions. I think this session has been really valuable for them.”

Heidi Curry, Volunteering Services Manager, also attended the session, to give a short talk on the benefits of volunteering for Locala. Jo Swift, Locala Nursery Nurse, said: “I encouraged all of the students here today to volunteer, to help make themselves stand out from others when applying for healthcare roles.”

This event was part of Locala’s commitment to engage more with young people across Kirklees. Locala has also demonstrated this commitment over the last year by supporting ‘Takeover Day’, an annual initiative from the Children’s Commissioner which sees organisations across England opening their doors to young people to take over adult roles. Locala invited students at the event to share their ideas for this year’s ‘Takeover Challenge’, which saw a number of them keen to shadow practitioners, to get a taste of what it is like to work in healthcare.

As a community interest company and membership organisation, Locala values and welcomes the opinions of young service users and members of the community. Young people from across Kirklees are invited to visit the Young People’s Network pages on the Locala website, to find out more information and to have their say. The Network is also responsible for the content of this section of the website and regularly blog about topics such as body image and dealing with stress.

Anyone interested in getting involved with the Network can contact Youth Engagement Co-ordinator Emma Boyes at emma.boyes@locala.org.uk or find out more at https://www.locala.org.uk/get-involved/young-peoples-network/.