Servomex backs childrens safety event

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Primary school children from Crowborough will be learning about safety at Bowles Outdoor Centre near Eridge.

Over 1200 primary school children from across Wealden will be able to experience a ‘hands-on’ learning event, including pupils from Herne Junior School, St John’s CE primary School and St Mary’s Catholic Primary School.

news_safetyuinactionBowles182500_2164To add to the challenge, schools will be able to compete for a number of prizes including the Servomex Road Safety Award.  The international company, who have their UK Technical Centre in Jarvis Brook, are supporting the event by sponsoring the prize for the school achieving highest marks in the road safety scenario.

The emphasis with Safety in Action is active learning by experiencing risk – even if children make mistakes along the way.

Councillor Claire Dowling, Cabinet member for Public Health and Community Safety at Wealden District Council said:

Safety in Action is now in its 23rd year, and its simple formula of allowing children to learn through safe, supervised experience remains as effective as ever. And they have fun too.  Now we have expanded sessions to include two venues – one in the north at the Bowles Outdoor Centre, one in the south at Herstmonceux Castle – even more 10 -11 year olds can benefit from this learning experience.

What helps make the experience really memorable is the range of hazard situations we are able to cover. This is only possible through the excellent partnership working involving the blue light services, health professionals and other public services.

The following hazard scenarios have been organised for this year’s events:

  • Sussex Police – road safety and personal safety
  • South East Coast Ambulance – dealing with a casualty
  • East Sussex Fire and Rescue – reporting an arson attack and electrical safety
  • Southern Railway – rucksack on the railway line
  • RNLI – water safety
  • NHS school nurses – alcohol safety
  • Wealden District Council – safety on a farm

Each child will be presented with a workbook to take back to school in order to reinforce the safety messages learnt.

Steve Walter, HSE Officer at Servomex Technical Centre in Jarvis Brook said:

We subscribe to the principle that children should be able to understand and manage risks associated with a range of activities.  Driver safety and road safety is an especially important area because of the numbers of people involved in serious accidents each year.  We are keen to support constructive initiatives which may help to save lives.  We’re circulating our own in-house guide on driver safety for our employees for this same reason.

Read the feedback report about last year’s event.

The first week will be held in the grounds of Bowles Outdoor Centre, near Crowborough, between 2 to 6 June; and the second week will return to Herstmonceux Castle between 16 to 20 June. Both venues have generously allowed the use of their facilities free of charge.

Refreshments have been donated by Sussex Police.  Funding for this event has been awarded by the Safer Wealden Partnership.

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