I live in a really rural part of the country in Cumbria where there’s not a lot for young people to do. Boredom is the main reason why people turn to drink and drugs around here.
To help tackle this problem, I am part of a group that runs workshops for young people in the local area. We try to raise awareness of health issues with a particular focus on drink and drugs. We realised that we needed the workshops to be as interactive as possible.
Our Fixers project was to make an interactive game, which would be fun to play but also inform young people about issues relating to them. Do you remember playing those fortune teller games at school? Well, we made our very own version of one of those! It starts out like a normal looking piece of paper but when you fold it up it becomes a hand-sized game that you can play with your mates!
Each corner of the paper object represents an issue and asks a question. For example: 'Drug taking results in approximately 2000 deaths a year in the UK, true or false?' Then that corner can be lifted to reveal the answer. In this case, it’s true.
This has been a really effective way of getting facts about health across to people and we’ve found that many of the young people have been really surprised by the answers. If it at least makes people think about what they’re doing then it’s worth it.