Around 1,000 ten and eleven-year olds from across Woking Borough will receive important lessons about personal safety (Tuesday 1 – Friday 18 March) when the annual Junior Citizen Scheme gets underway at Woking Football Club.
Organised by members of the Safer Woking Partnership, which includes Surrey Fire & Rescue, Surrey Police, Woking Borough Council and, working with partners including UK Power Networks and Freedom Leisure, the three-week educational safety scheme seeks to show children how to stay safe in everyday situations. By breaking down a two-hour session into fun, interactive ‘sets’, the participating organisations will help children to develop their skills in managing risk and making decisions about important day-to-day scenarios.
Specifically, this year’s scheme will focus on topics including stranger danger, fire safety, electricity safety, being a good neighbour, water safety, online and personal safety, and railway safety.
During the interactive workshops, which last 10 minutes, groups of children will take part in role play, question and answer sessions, and watch demonstrations of best practice. Following the sessions, workbooks, sponsored by the Office for the Police and Crime Commission for Surrey, will be given to participating schools to remind children of the key safety messages.
Apart from the cost of travelling to the venue, the scheme is free of charge to all participating schools, thanks to the generous support of the agencies involved.
Speaking about the scheme, Councillor Beryl Hunwicks, Chair of the Safer Woking Partnership and Woking Borough Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community Safety, said: “The Junior Citizen initiative helps us to raise awareness amongst young people about the importance of their personal safety, as well as teaching them about their rights and responsibilities as citizens.
“The scheme is an excellent way of helping young people to deal with potentially dangerous situations in a controlled environment, and provides hands-on experience of a variety of situations that they may encounter at home, at school and in the wider community.”
PC Craig Matthews, Youth Interventions Officer for Woking, added: “Junior Citizen is a great opportunity to educate children about important safety issues in a fun and educational way. We hope that the experiences the children gain from these sessions will help them develop into modern young citizens who are aware of themselves and their environment.”