We’re excited to share some photos from another of our events. This time it’s the Reigate & Banstead ‘Junior Citizen’ which started on Monday, 5th July and finishes on Friday, 16th July 2021 at Woodhatch Place, 11 Cockshot Hill, Reigate RH2 8EF. By the time the event closes, approximately 850 Year 6 children (10-11-Year-Olds) from local primary schools across the borough will have taken part in a series of interactive safety workshops.

Our partner agencies for the event were Surrey Police, RNLI, Network Rail and GTR/Southern, Children and Family Health Surrey (School Nurses), Hope UK, and Surrey Fire & Rescue Service. Activities and topics covered included Personal Safety, Internet Safety and Social Media, Water Safety, Railway SafetyTransition to Secondary School and Emotional Wellbeing, Drug & Alcohol Awareness, and Fire Safety.

Surrey Fire and Rescue used a smoke machine for their presentation, and while it no doubt had a fun element, it also ably demonstrated why these events are so successful as the children were able to explore and understand the dangers that fire can present in a safe and controlled environment.

Children and Family Health Surrey gave a new presentation this year too covering ‘transitions and emotional wellbeing’, where School Nurses gave children important information regarding their transition into secondary school and how to contact a school nurse should they need any support.

Transportation to and from schools was provided by Hardings Coaches, and our on-site Coordinators were Wendy Roberts and Gary Perks.

The event would not have happened without the generous support of Fidelity International (our main sponsor), AIG Life, Cubic Transportation Systems, Esure, Total Gas & Power, Toyota (GB) and local Councillors. We would also like to thanks Chief Fire Officer Steve Owen-Hughes of Surrey Fire and Rescue Service and the team from Surrey County Council Headquarters, who made us very welcome.

Primary Schools have also received physical hard copies of Child Safety Media’s new, A4, full-colour, 92-page ‘Junior Life Skills’ handbook, to distribute to their Year 6 children. In September, Secondary schools will be provided with access to a new, fully digital, online ‘Junior Life Skills’ resource package, that includes lesson plans for the teachers. Our aim is to not only ensure that local Primary schools receive resources, but also Secondary schools too (care of the relevant Head of Year 7/Transition Lead) so that the children associated with this year’s Junior Citizen event have access to child safety educational resources for a full year.

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