COLLEGE students are highlighting the key role young adults can play in helping Staffordshire turn the tide on rising Covid-19 cases in Staffordshire.
Staffordshire’s rate of cases is more than 50 per cent higher than the national rate, running the risk of further restrictions following the end of lockdown on December 2.
A group of students at Burton and South Derbyshire College (BSDC) have been highlighting the long shadow being cast by the virus in a new video.
The students shared a number of concerns including: Their prospects of finding employment in the future, their further education being affected and ongoing uncertainty that’s causing them to put plans for their futures on hold.
Cabinet member for Health, Care and Wellbeing, Dr Johnny McMahon said: “It’s been an extremely challenging year for our county’s young people, who are feeling the impacts of coronavirus at a time in their lives when they’re trying to plan for their future and make their way in the world. Many will have missed out on experiences with their friends and been unable to see loved ones for support during some really stressful moments.
“Everybody in Staffordshire needs to work together to help reduce our case numbers and 16-24-year-olds have a huge role to play in this as their higher number of contacts means they’re more likely to pass the virus on to somebody more vulnerable.
“It’s fantastic that Burton and South Derbyshire College is supporting the campaign and I’d particularly like to thank these students for talking to us about their experiences and highlighting to their peers the importance of doing all they can to minimise the impact on their health and future.”
Dawn Ward CBE, Chief Executive and Principal at Burton and South Derbyshire College said: “We are delighted our learners were able to support this hugely important communications initiative.
"At BSDC we focus on creating well rounded young people who can not only effectively contribute to their chosen vocation and career but who are also able to recognise their civic responsibilities in supporting local communities.
"Everyone has a responsibility in the fight against this awful pandemic and I am proud that our young people have committed so enthusiastically to helping others understand the risks of Covid-19, both now and in the future, and how these risks can be mitigated.”
Coun McMahon added: “We know it’s a big ask, and we’re asking it of everyone. Please stick to the rules to help reduce Staffordshire’s case numbers, keep our people safe and our businesses open after lockdown.”
The ‘Our World in Our Hands’ campaign aims to highlight the impact of Covid-19 among the 16-24-year-old age group, including on their health and that of their friends and family, and on their own plans for their future in education or work.