Helping children make informed choices that will help them to live healthier and safer lives
Life Education Centres West Midlands (LECWM) is a small charity (Number 1022915), with a team of seven staff and a board of Trustees. Our charity remains unique in Birmingham and the West Midlands due to the delivery style of our health and drug education programmes to primary age children and their parents/carers, from our specially kitted interactive mobile classrooms. This year we will provide specialist health and drug education programmes to around 45,000 children & young people, many living in adverse conditions.
Our charity wants to help to improve and support the physical & emotional health and life quality of each child or young person that participates in our health and drug programmes.
LECWM provides early intervention, targeting children & young people through high quality drug and alcohol education programmes, which help to keep children/young people educated and safe.
We believe all children and young people deserve to experience good quality health education which allows them to make the informed choices that will help them to live healthier and safer lives.
Achieving Our Mission
This is achieved by working directly with the children, mainly from our unique, interactive mobile classrooms. Our programmes are delivered by skilled educators (all qualified teachers)who build excellent bonds with the youngsters and promote the importance of healthy living, raise awareness around the effects & risks of misusing drugs and alcohol and teach important life skills to help build resilient youngsters who are able to make their own informed decisions.
Our work is underpinned by the following principles:
- Ensuring everything we do is based upon secure and up-to-date health information and educational philosophy
- Developing appropriate professional partnerships with schools and other agencies, to the benefit of children, young pople, their families and community
- Enabling all employees to make a positive contribution towards the success and acheivements of our charity.
to around 45,000 children & young people, many living in adverse conditions.
schools every year
Children participated annually
The Impact of our work
- We support over 200 schools every year througout the West Midlands.
- Annually 45,000 children participate in our drug and health education programmes.
- 31,500 children and families that LECWM work with live in deprived areas where social issues of poverty, drug misuse and crime are prevalent.
- We support around 1700 parents and families through our parenting skills and information workshops and family learning health sessions.
- Life Education has delivered programmes of health and drug education for 25 years, working with over 1 million children to increase their knowledge, skills and resilience to make informed and safe life choices
- Learnt something new 90%
- Will change things they do 50%
- Made them think more about being healthy 79%
- Recognised how emotions and needs change in different situations 93%
- Understood how others influence the choices they make 94%
- Reported they had learned to be more assertive 91%
- Teachers rated the impact on children’s learning as good,very good or excellent 99%
- Parents reported they would change/do something regarding healthy choices for themselves and their families 73%
Children aged 10 / 11 complete post-evaluations and:
- 90% had learnt something new during the visit
- 50% stated they will change things they do as a result of the visit
- 79% reported that the visit made them think more about being healthy
- 93% recognised how emotions and needs change in different situations
- 94% understood how others influence the choices they make about smoking, alcohol and other drugs
- 91% reported they had learned to be more assertive
- 99% of teachers rated the impact on children’s learning as good,very good or excellent. ‘Everything was fantastic, really informative. Excellent experience for the children – well worth it and helps meet children personal needs as well as educational.’ Everything was fantastic, really informative.’ (Teachers)
- Children/young people gain a better understanding of the dangers of drugs, alcohol and tobacco, reducing the risks of experimentation. ‘They gave you a good life lesson you will remember. Tell them the risks on taking drugs. They make sure you are healthy and do not take drugs. Learnt the important things in drugs and health. It was an inspiring experience which helps you understand drugs. (Year 5 & 6 children)
- Children grow in confidence and self-esteem as they learn how to make informed choices and to resist negative peer pressure. ’ A very useful, honest description of how young people should be making decisions – they have learned that the choices are theirs to make but they are informed choices.’ (teachers)’ Be more aware of my surroundings and know what to do if I am tempted to do something I don’t want to do. Try to make right choices. Yes, because it talks about making hard decisions and about the consequences you have.’ (Year 6 children)
- Improvements in quality of life as families learn about the benefits of looking after their bodies, including healthy eating and exercise.
- 73% of parents reported they would change/do something regarding healthy choices for themselves and their families. ‘The consideration to mental health was an important fact I had not necessarily considered in regards to a healthy lifestyle.’ ’Look carefully at portion sizes and information on products such as drinks.’ ‘Will look at labels with my child rather than for him.’(parents/carers)
Meet the team
David Sykes – Chair
Sandra Passmore – Deputy Chair
Celia Harding – Treasurer