Youngsters become Young Citizens

Year 7 students from around Surrey Heath are learning how to ‘Think Safe’ and deal with real-life situations by taking part in a Young Citizen course.

Aiming to help young people broaden their social responsibility skills and lead safe, healthy lives, the course takes place this week (Wednesday 25 to Friday 27 November).

Through a range of interactive sessions, students will explore themes such as first aid, road and fire safety, alcohol awareness, personal safety and peer pressure, as well as internet safety.

Over 400 students from Kings International College, Collingwood College and Carwarden House Community School will get involved in the practical sessions delivered by qualified professionals.

Among those hosting the workshops are: Surrey Fire and Rescue Service, St John Ambulance and Surrey Police.

In addition, students will get to see a play by the Soloman Theatre Company entitled 'Last Orders', acted out by young people to highlight issues around alcohol abuse, peer coercion and its consequences.

The whole day is wrapped up with a high energy, interactive question and answer session where pupils can pose questions to the panel of experts from each agency.

On Wednesday, a VIP day saw special guests the Mayor of Surrey Heath Cllr Joanne Potter and the Deputy Police and Crime Commisioner Jeff Harris visit Kings International College to view the scheme in action and present certificates to all the schools taking part.

The Mayor commented “Young Citizen is a fun and interactive way of giving youngsters important life skills to stay safe in a range of situations and help others when needed. I’m pleased that so many students are taking part to benefit from the experience. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all those agencies involved for their continued support.”

Maddison Thorneycroft, age 11, said: “Young Citizen was one of my best school days. It was filled with fun and I never got bored. The day showed me how to take care of myself and others.”

Freya Sykes, age 11, said: “The day was about keeping safe. I enjoyed it when we watched the play about drinking alcohol. I certainly wouldn’t touch alcohol after it showed what it can do to your body.”

Alex Evan-Holmes, age 11, said: “I like the first aid. I learnt how to bandage a burnt hand and put someone in the recovery position.”

The course is funded and led by the Safer Surrey Heath Partnership and the Surrey Heath Learning Partnership.

More information can found on www.surreyheath.gov.uk/youngcitizen as well as updates on www.facebook/surreyheath or www.twitter.com/surreyheath

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