The annual Junior Good Citizen Scheme comes to Swindon in the first two weeks of June.
The multi-agency partnership scheme, which 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 scheme, which will again take place at the Punjabi Community Centre in Gorse Hill, has been running successfully for over 25 years.
Over a two-week period between Monday 1st June and Friday 12th June, approximately 2,050 Year 6 pupils (aged 10 and 11) from 46 schools within the Borough of Swindon, accompanied by teachers and helpers, will take part in the scheme.
The children are put into groups to face different scenarios; each designed to help them learn about personal and community safety. These include:
• Staying safe online
• Healthy Relationships
• Railway safety
• K9 awareness (being safe around dogs)
• Garden Safety
• Fire Safety
• Personal Safety
• Road Safety
PCSO Mandi Coles has been heavily involved in the scheme. She 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 a couple of new scenarios, these include K9 awareness, garden safety and healthy relationships. These topics are all things our young people will be involved in when at home or playing at the park. Hopefully this will help improve their understanding of how to stay safe and who to report things to.
“The 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.”