South Manchester Crucial Crew was a great success this summer with hundreds of young people from primary schools across south Manchester taking part in a series of hard-hitting workshops tackling issues such as personal safety, transport safety, crime and antisocial behaviour.
The event, coordinated by Child Safety Media, took place at Manchester College’s Wythenshawe Campus from 7th to 17th July, with a special visit from the Lord Mayor of Manchester, who came along to meet the pupils and organisations involved, along with a number of other VIPs.
Organisations involved included Greater Manchester Police, British Transport Police, Wythenshawe Community Housing Group, Barclays, Stagecoach and Lifeline Eclypse.
During the ‘hands on’ workshops, the children were encouraged to think about their life choices and to take responsibility for their actions. It was a unique opportunity to learn valuable skills from the professionals, through practical demonstrations and discussions in real life situations.
Patrick O’Malley, Director at Child Safety Media said: “It’s essential that young people learn about personal safety but getting this message across in the classroom can often be difficult. By allowing children to explore these difficult topics in a fun and interactive environment, with real safety professionals, the lessons become much more real and therefore, more likely to make a difference.
“We were delighted to welcome the Lord Mayor to South Manchester Crucial Crew, it is testament to how important these events are to the region in keeping children safe, educated and informed.”