Learning the safety lessons of life

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YOUNGSTERS from across the Horsham area have been learning how to stay safe and responsible in situations they could face in real life.

The annual Junior Citizen event is being held this week at The Drill Hall in Denne Road, Horsham.

It is open to all Year Six pupils in the Horsham district.

The initiative has been running for 16 years and is organised by Horsham District Council and partner organisations.

It teaches local children how to recognise all kinds of potentially dangerous situations, gives advice on what to do and also helps them learn valuable life skills to encourage responsible citizenship.

Around 1,000 ten to 11-year-olds from 31 schools from all over the district are taking part in the week-long event, where they learn about road safety, the dangers of electricity, first aid, recycling, reducing energy use, safety in the kitchen, personal safety, fire safety and safety in the home.

This year there are a record number of safety scenarios put on by event partners Horsham District Council, Sussex Police, West Sussex County Council (road safety team, anti-bullying team), NHS school nurses, UK Power Networks plc, St John Ambulance, West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, West Sussex Energy Efficiency Advice Centre, and West Sussex Harm Reduction team. This year’s event is sponsored by Southern Water.

Greg Charman, community safety manager at Horsham District Council, said: “We are delighted to have secured Southern Water as this year’s event sponsor.

“The support provided by the company is crucial and means that in the Horsham district we can once again deliver these important messages in a lively and fun-packed way, enjoyed by so many other children in the 16 years that we have been running the event.”

Lisa Tavener, a member of staff from St John’s School in Horsham, said: “Junior Citizen Week is a very positive experience and well worth attending.

“It is very well structured and informative and, through role play, gives the children first hand experience of a number of different issues.”

Darren Bentham, director of metering at Southern Water, said: “Southern Water is thrilled to be sponsoring Horsham’s Junior Citizen Week as it is an extremely valuable event for children in the area.

“It comes as we are installing meters across the Horsham district and so is a great opportunity for us to remind the next generation of water users about the importance of using water wisely.”