Local school children get ready to learn vital life skills

Chip pan demonstration at Junior Life Skills event in 2012

Posted on: 31 May 2017

School children from across North Devon and Torridge are getting ready to learn vital life skills from the experts.

This year’s Junior Life Skills programme kicks off on 12 June, running for two weeks (Monday – Friday) at Barnstaple Rugby Club. The event, organised by the North Devon and Torridge Community Safety Partnership (CSP)*, will see over 1,000 year six children from 48 schools taking part in fun activities that teach them about day-to-day dangers and real-life emergencies that they may face.

Fire and home safety, the dangers of drinking alcohol, cyberbullying, food hygiene and first aid, safety around dogs and responsible dog ownership are all part of this year’s programme. The photos shows a chip pan fire demonstration at a previous Junior Life Skills event.

Community Protection Manager at North Devon Council, Amanda Palmer, says: “Junior Life Skills is a really exciting event for the children of North Devon and Torridge to get involved with. It’s split into fun and interactive scenarios that help them understand how to react calmly in an emergency and spot dangers in day-to-day activities. I’m delighted that both local authorities have the opportunity to work with colleagues from other agencies to provide what I’m sure will be another exciting programme of Junior Life Skills activities for the children to enjoy.”

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Community Safety Manager for North Devon, Kevin Patterson, says: “Prevention is a high priority for Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service, we already work extensively in schools through our advocate programme. Junior Life Skills allows us to give all year six students a memorable input and embed important home fire safety messages.”

Community Safety Sergeant for Devon and Cornwall Police, Paul Jones, added “Protecting the vulnerable is a Devon and Cornwall Police priority. Junior Life Skills is vital to enable us to reach young people in an interactive and fun way to empower them to make safe choices for their future.”

Representatives from Western Power, South West Ambulance Trust and the Dogs Trust in Ilfracombe will be joining the CSP to take part in activities at this year’s event.

*North Devon and Torridge Community Safety Partnership (CSP) is the joint crime and disorder reduction partnership for the area. It is made of statutory agencies including:

North Devon Council
Devon and Cornwall Police
Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service
Devon County Council
Torridge District Council
Dorset, Devon and Cornwall Community Rehabilitation Company
New Devon Community Commissioning Group (Health)

Information about the partnership is available on the community safety and emergencies pages on the North Devon Council website.

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