Youngsters linked with gang-related violence attend a workshop at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) to learn about basic aspects of body function how easily fights can end in death and serious injury. 

Project Description

The interactive sessions at GCU feature computer images of the arterial system, anatomical models with removable organs, and a skeleton with an artificial circulatory system used to demonstrate the effect of damage to an artery containing high pressure blood. Other laboratory apparatus – more commonly used to teach courses in GCU’s School of Health and Life Sciences – is used to demonstrate aspects of physiology (blood pressure, nerve damage, etc.) reinforce the serious message behind the project. The Prince’s Trust Fairbridge programme works to support vulnerable young people aged 13-25. The programme aims to give young people motivation, self-confidence and the skills needed to change their lives and more forward into education, employment and training.

Project Aims

The sessions, attended by young people completing The Prince’s Trust Fairbridge programme, are designed to counter common myths that certain types of attacks cause no lasting damage and that the body can almost always heal itself.

GCU Department:
Biological and Biomedical Sciences (Life Sciences)
GCU School:
School of Health and Life Sciences
Project Location:
Project budget: N/A
Project with: Princes Trust Fairbridge
Lead Partner: Colin Gourlay
Timespan of involvement: One day event. Takes place three times a year with different groups.
Number of GCU Students: 0
Number of GCU Staff: 1
Modes of Engagement: Workshop, Outreach