Over 1,500 schoolchildren from Swindon have taken part in a scheme aimed at arming them with life-saving skills.
The annual Swindon Junior Good Citizen Scheme is designed to educate children about situations which can end up causing injuries or accidents, encourages them to respond appropriately to emergency situations and highlights the contribution that they can make to creating safer communities by being ‘good citizens’.
The multi agency partnership scheme took place at the Punjabi Community Centre in Gorse Hill and has been running successfully for over 25 years. Approximately 1,552 Year six pupils (aged 10 and 11) from 39 Swindon schools accompanied by teachers and helpers, took part in the scheme.
On Thursday 3rd July a special presentation was made to Westlea Primary School, Swindon, who won the title of ‘Junior Good Citizen School of the Year’.
PCSO Mandi Coles presented a shield enscribed with Westlea Primary School and each child was presented with a mug with a Swindon JGCS logo.
Right, the winners with PCSO Mandi Coles, headteacher Rose Carberry and deputy Sarah Sumner
During the scheme, the children were put into groups and then faced different scenarios; each designed to help them learn about personal and community safety. These included:
• Staying Safe Online
• Anti-Social Behaviour
• Railway Safety
• First Aid
• Food Hygiene
• Fire Safety
• Personal Safety
• Road Safety.
PCSO Coles, who has been heavily involved in the scheme, said: “The emphasis of this scheme is for young people to have fun while they learn about how they can keep themselves and those in their communities safe.
“This year we’ve also introduced Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) within the range of topics covered. This will help the young people of Swindon understand what we mean by ASB and the potential consequences that can arise.
“Hopefully this will help improve their understanding of ASB and prevent these youngsters getting involved in it as they grow up.
“The Swindon Junior Good Citizen scheme has been going for many years and I really enjoy being involved in it.
"It has armed thousands of children across Swindon with crucial information about how to deal with dangerous and possible life-threatening situations.
“We work with several partnership agencies to offer a comprehensive scheme which encompasses as many different scenarios as possible.”