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HCT Learners Get Creative for Bottletop Project

Level 3 Health and Social Care Learners involved in Bottletop Project

Photo above: HCT Level 3 Health and Social Care Learners with guests, Left to right;

Magistrate, Val Oliver-Davies
Superintendent of West Mercia Police, Ivan Powell
NHS Consultant for Public Health, Alison Merry
Bulmer Foundation, Ferdinand Addo
Manager of Play nightclub, Dan Guerche
Magistrate, Malcolm Foorde
Magistrate, Anne Rodgers
Inspector of West Mercia Police, Nick Semper

Photo by courtesy of Infinity Unlimited -

Learners from Herefordshire College of Technology’s Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care have been presenting their ‘Bottletops’ this week as part of the ongoing Herefordshire-based youth project Bottletop. This was part of the module on Health Education Campaigns in which the groups had 3 weeks to produce an educational and informative video that could be used to raise alcohol awareness for 14-19 year olds.

Dave Marshall, Associate of the Bulmer Association opened the presentation event commenting, “HCT is the only college in Herefordshire which has embedded Bottletop within their curriculum. We are delighted that this has happened and urge other teachers to have a look at the Bottletop website and to join in.”

Other guests included Herefordshire magistrates; Anne Rodgers, Malcom Foorde and Val Oliver-Davies. The Superintendent of West Mercia Police, Ivan Powell and Inspector Nick Semper also attended, as well as Alison Merry, NHS Consultant for Public Health, Dan Guerche the Manager of Hereford nightclub Play and Ferdinand Addo also from the Bulmer Foundation. All of whom were impressed by the standard and impact of the films presented.

Learners’ presentations/films will be added to the other ‘Bottletops’ on the project’s website Each ‘Bottletop’ delivers its own message from many different young people in the county. The project prides itself on being true to the genuine voice of young people in Herefordshire.

“This was a really interesting and creative project,” commented one of HCT's presentation groups, “We used hundreds of photos to create our video and it took a long time! We wanted to cover a subject which is not discussed very much; everyone talks about the effect of alcohol on the liver but not the brain.”

Assistant Principal, Rachel Seddon reflected, “I was greatly impressed by the presentations. Not only by the creativity and hard work of our learners, but also their depth of understanding of the wide range of topics they covered. They produced mature and considered responses to the brief and I hope their work will benefit many young people.”

View the 'Shrinking of the Brain' video by Rachel Ferguson, Julia Starkey, Sophie Davis and Maddy Summerfield.

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