Students learn how to stay safe in Thinksafe initiative

Hundreds of young people across Aldershot and Farnborough will learn how to stay safe in the local community thanks to a project this week.

Students from a total of 14 junior schools will take part in the Thinksafe initiative, aimed at teaching young people about fire safety, railway safety, first-aid, healthy relationships, societal issues such as homelessness, safety on military land and cyber-safety.

Mocked-up danger situations have been set by a variety of council, agencies and charities during the week-long initiative, based at Aldershot Enterprise Centre, in Gallwey Road, to test how the 762 pupils would react in a similar real-life incident.

Organisations taking part include:

  • Network Rail
  • Stop Domestic Abuse
  • Hampshire and Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service
  • Hampshire Constabulary
  • Royal Military Police
  • Step by Step
  • Hampshire County Council Willow Team (exploitation)

Councillor Maurice Sheehan, Cabinet Member for Operational Services, said: “These sessions will teach these Year Six students some important life skills which will hopefully remain with them for many years to come, and enable them to navigate some tricky scenarios and dangers.

“We are grateful for the support from our partner organisations so we can run this course each year, and we hope it helps our young people to be better-equipped to cope with some of life’s challenges.”

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