Hundreds of Isle of Wight school pupils will take part in a series of workshops aimed at making them aware of how to stay safe as part of Junior Citizens Week.
The scheme, which runs between 2nd – 6th July 2007, is supported by many partners including Isle of Wight Council, Hampshire Constabulary, Trading Standards, the Coastguard and Isle of Wight Fire & Rescue Service.
The week long series of events and workshops is taking place at Northwood House in Cowes, ensures aÂ multitude of agencies will be working with children on the Isle of Wight to introduce the idea of staying safe, essentiallyÂ Year 6 pupils will be learning about risks around them and the prevention of accidents, during Junior Citizen Week.Â
Junior Citizen Week, now in its third year, this sees the launch of an online system which pupils can use which can measure the difference that a scheme like this makes for children and young people.
Isle of Wight Council’s Cabinet Member for Safer Communities Ian Ward said:
“This is a very important scheme which I fully support. Learning at a young age the importance of staying safe and knowing what potential dangers are out there is a vital part of growing up.
The skills the children will learn over the week could help save not only their own life but someone else’s in future”
The children, who are all in Year 6 at school and whose participation in the week is provided free of charge through funding, will be involved in eight separate workshops.
These will include either watching a display or taking part themselves, the workshops involve how and when to make 999 calls, practical first aid and being given a demonstration on how a seatbelt works and how it can save someone’s life.Â There will also be information on the dangers of taking drugs, staying safe in the water, and being safe on the roads.
Partner agencies for Junior Citizens Week involves IW Council, IW Fire & Rescue, Hampshire Constabulary, School Nurses, IW Healthy Schools, IW Trading Standards, Get Sorted (drugs advice team), St John Ambulance, HM Coastguard and Road Safety.
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