Public Services students at Eastleigh College have had the first of three sessions learning and practising self-defence techniques, thanks to SUN Progression Mentor, Becky Parker, who works within the College’s careers team.
As part of their level 3 course criteria, Public Service students have to gain knowledge and understanding of conflict management and personal protection. By working with public service lecturer, Steve Jackson, and utilising local connections, TKW Community Hub and Safeguard Self Defence were invited in to work with students to explain the importance of having the basic skills of self-defence.
Over a series of three-hour long sessions students will be looking at self-defence techniques within conflict situations and explore the implications that come with it. These sessions will educate students, making them aware of the possible dangers that can arise and build confidence to protect themselves should they need too.
Becky explained: “Many of the students who are taking part will be going into careers within the public sector where there may be instances that they have to deal with difficult situations. We are creating the foundations of knowledge regarding when reasonable force may be necessary to use.
“All the students showed motivation and willingness to get involved. Both staff and students had a fantastic first session and look forward to the next sessions to follow.”
The SUN (Southern Universities Network) programme is an outreach programme aimed at providing activities and workshops to help students progress within their future careers. Eastleigh College students have already benefited from several events and workshops since September, with further rich and varied activities planned for the rest of the year.
Eastleigh College hosted a hustings ahead of this week's general election, giving students and apprentices the opportunity to hear from and question representatives from parties standing for the Eastleigh constituency. Paul Holmes (Conservatives), Sam Jordan (Labour) and Rob Meldrum (Green) attended the event along with ex Liberal Democrat MP, Mike Thornton, who represented local candidate, Lynda Murphy.
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