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South Hams youngsters offered Life Skills chances

By This is SouthDevon  |  Posted: October 02, 2012

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IT’S fun, it’s free and it could help save lives! Ten and 11-year-olds from nearly 40 primary schools in the South Hams will have the time of their lives when they take part in an action-packed session they’ll never forget at this year’s Junior Life Skills this month.

Around 750 children, all Year 6 pupils from local primary schools, will learn vital new skills to keep themselves and others safe. They will also learn how to be good citizens during their specially structured session, which is completely free for those taking part.

Organised by South Hams District Council, the events take place from October 15 - 19 at Leisure Centres in Ivybridge, Dartmouth, Totnes and Kingsbridge. The children will be faced with nine different simulated scenarios, each of which they may encounter in real life. With the help of trained experts at each scenario, they will learn how to recognise potential danger, deal with emergencies and be socially responsible.

The range of topics includes fire in the home, Internet safety, sustainable and safer travel, electricity, beach safety and first aid. These scenarios will help to develop the children’s awareness and understanding of potentially dangerous situations, to equip them with the skills to assess situations quickly, to respond appropriately, and to help build their confidence and raise their self-esteem.

The interactive scenarios are provided by Devon and Cornwall Police, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service, Devon County Council, St John Ambulance, RNLI, Western Power Distribution, and South Hams District Council.

Councillor John Carter, South Hams Executive member for Planning, Economy and Community said: “This project is a definite ‘must’ for as many 10 and 11-year-olds as possible, as part of their preparation for responsible adulthood. The object of this activity is to teach them to not only care for their own lives, but to safeguard the lives of others. The council encourages schools to sign up to this scheme and match the previous excellent support we have had in previous years.”

As the event is free to the schools, it could not continue without the generous support of local businesses and organisations. This year’s event has been sponsored by Centrica Langage Ltd, Bandvulc Tyres Ltd., Darthaven Marina, Kingsbridge Town Council, Totnes Town Council, Cornish Mutual, Rotary Club of Dartmouth, and Tone Leisure.

Contributors towards this very worthwhile event are always welcome. If any local businesses or organisations would like to become involved with Junior Life Skills, please contact South Hams District Council’s Environmental Health Department.

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