Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Natural Helpers

Last week, for three days, a bunch of selected high schoolers, including Elsa were chosen by their classmates and teachers, to take part in the Natural Helpers program, set in the beautiful village of Ballater, about one and a half hours away from Aberdeen.

Natural Helpers is a peer-assistance program used across the United States and in several other countries.
The program helps high school students strengthen their communication and helping skills, while equipping them to provide support to others and service to their schools and community.

The Natural Helpers program is based on a simple premise: Within every school, an informal "helping network" exists. Students with problems naturally seek out other students, in addition to teachers and other school staff, whom they trust. They seek them out for advice, for assistance, or just for a sympathetic ear.
The Natural Helpers program uses this existing helping network by providing peer-counseling training to students and adults who are already identified as "natural" helpers. The students selected for the program are seen by their peers as trustworthy and helpful.

There's still vacancies in the position of Natural (or otherwise...  I'm not fussy) Helper in my kitchen.
Any takers? Anyone??