The 1st Central County Ground welcomes Safety in Action

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Nearly three hundred children from Brighton and Hove are to take part in Safety in Action to help them cope with possible dangers as they grow up.

The events take place on 24 and 25 April 2017 at The 1st Central County Ground, Hove, home of Sussex Cricket.

The ten and eleven year olds are given the chance to learn about some of the risks they may face as they become more independent and prepare to move up to secondary school.

Co-ordinated by East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, the partnership project also involves
Sussex Police, South East Coast Ambulance Service,  RNLI, Safety Net,  Brighton and Hove City Council, City College Brighton, Southern Rail , Brighton Buses and UK Power Networks.

A number of scenarios are set up, designed to make the children consider a whole range of potentially dangerous situations. In this way, they learn important safety advice about roads, electricity, railways and water. They will also find out what to do if someone is hurt, how to report a fire reporting a fire and about personal safety.

A competition will also run through the two days, with a chance for a school to pick up prize money kindly donated by Brighton Lions Club.

David Kemp, head of Community Safety at East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service said:

“Safety in Action is a very important project for all the partners involved. It gives us the chance to reach these young children when they are just about to take a big step forward in their lives. Getting them to think about their safety and have a discussion about what they can do to keep safe helps them develop their decision making skills. We are really pleased to see so many partners return time and again to deliver this vital work.”

Vanessa Potter, Head of Education & Health at Sussex Cricket said,

“The Sussex Cricket Foundation (SCF) are delighted to host and offer Health and Well-Being Workshops at this year’s Safety in Action event. SCF aims to create better futures for all by increasing participation, inspiring education and improving health within our communities. We strongly believe that the Safety in Action partnership will have a tangible long term impact on the health and well-being of local primary school children for years to come.”

Schools involved include Coldean, St Bartholomew, St Andrews, St Mary Magdalene, Brighton and Hove, St Mark’s, Lioncare School, St John’s School and Hillside.