Friday, October 20th, 2017.

Gillian Gordon with her gold award

Excelsior Academy’s caring health and well-being advisor Gillian Gordon has received gold standard recognition of her work supporting students and staff.

Gillian is the trusted expert at Excelsior Academy who students and staff turn to for guidance on a whole range of personal issues.

Her caring manner and in-depth knowledge saw her honoured with a Gold Level Award for Excellence in Sexual Health Training from the Newcastle Sexual Health Training Group.

The group offers training on all aspects of sexual health and relationships for employees in the city.

“I see students and staff on a one-to-one basis and support them on a lot of different issues,” said Gillian.

“The door is always open, I provide a drop-in service and people know they can come and talk to me about any issue they may have in their lives.

“As well as sexual health support and advice for older teenagers, I speak with young people about behaviour issues, anger, self-esteem, body confidence issues and relationships, many issues right across the board.

“I’ve been in nursing a long time, I’m a trained counsellor and can give people support, advice and strategies in regard to their health and well-being.”

Gillian is a trained midwife and has worked in school health roles for more than 20 years.

The gold award means Gillian completed nine courses in managing sexual health and relationship issues for students aged 14 and over who need advice.