North Devon schoolchildren to learn essential life skills

Combe Martin schoolchildren learn about responsible dog ownership at Junior Life Skills 2016.

Posted on: 13 June 2016

School children from across North Devon are set to have fun at a free event this week (13 to 17 June), whilst being taught vital life skills for the future.

More than 700 children from 29 different schools are booked on the Junior Life Skills programme. Organised by North Devon Council, the children will learn about day-to-day dangers and real-life emergencies they could face, so that they know how to handle certain scenarios and hopefully prevent them from occurring in the first place.

Councillor Brian Moores, joint Executive member for health and wellbeing, said: “The event sees us bringing a number of partners together who set out various scenarios to the children. This covers issues like fire safety, anti-social behaviour and responsible dog ownership. Although the sessions are fun and interactive, they each deliver an important message, which we hope stays with the children for years to come.”

Councillor Dick Jones, joint Executive member for health and wellbeing, said: “This is the 18th year we’ve held Junior Life Skills, which helps to teach children how to handle real-life situations. However, although the event is a serious one, we aim to provide it in a hand-ons way. We’ve brought back the chip pan fire demonstration and the popular ‘beer goggle’ glasses challenge. So we hope this year will also be well received.”

The event is being held at Barnstaple Rugby Club, who have kindly agreed to accommodate Junior Life Skills this year. As well as the council’s food safety and community safety teams, other partners involved in the event are Devon and Cornwall Police, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service, South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust, Western Power and Dogs Trust, Ilfracombe.

2 comments on “North Devon schoolchildren to learn essential life skills

  1. Sasha Macleod says:

    Hi, Please can you let me know when the Life skills event is taking place for primary schools this year? We have other events coming up and don’t wish to double book this day.

    many thanks,


    • Mair says:

      Hello, the Junior Life Skills event will take place during the first two full weeks of June, following the bank holiday week. Many thanks.

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