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Lewes Safety in Action arrives at Newhaven Fort

Date : 17 May 2019

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Award-winning Safety in Action arrives at Newhaven Fort on 20-24 May, with its project to teach children aged 10 to 11-years-old how to deal with, or avoid, life-threatening situations.

The emphasis during these events is learning by experiencing risk – even if the children make mistakes along the way.

Home-educated children are also being encouraged to attend, with nearly 40 attending o previous events in Hastings and Bexhill. Fourteen home educated children have already reserved their places at the exciting Lewes event and a further fourteen are set to attend the Herstmonceux and Crowborough events, with more expected to secure a spot.

Service’s Health Co-ordinator, Sophie Hepworth, said: “We had a good response to invitations for home educated children to attend our Safety in Action events in the Hastings and Rother areas.

“We would now like to invite home educated children in other areas to join in, so do you know any home educated children aged 8 to 12 years of age?”

East Sussex Fire and Rescue, Sussex Police,  Ambulance Service, School Nurse team, Southern Rail  and others are all working together to teach children about safety and crime prevention.

The project will also be taking place at Newhaven Fort in May, Herstmonceux Castle and Bowles Outdoor Centre, Crowborough in June; and Hove Fire station in July.

Each child taking part will receive a participation certificate and information relating to safety issues. This is a free event.

Children must be accompanied by their parent/carer or teacher. Siblings outside the age range are welcome but must be closely supervised by the parent or carer.

Anyone who would like to find out more details please contact Sophie.hepworth@esfrs.org

Lewes Safety in Action is co-ordinated by East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service and is an excellent example of partnership working. Each scenario is delivered by the relevant agency:

  • Sussex Police -road safety and personal safety
  • South East Coast Ambulance Scenario- dealing with a casualty
  • East Sussex Fire and Rescue - reporting a fire and keeping safe
  • Network Rail and Southern Rail – safety near the railway
  • Wave Leisure – water safety
  • School nurses (NHS) and East Sussex College– alcohol safety
  • East Sussex Fire and Rescue volunteers – electrical safety

Each child will be presented with a workbook to take back to school in order to reinforce the safety messages learnt.

Lewes Rotary club are kindly sponsoring the main prize for the winning school and Waitrose has donated refreshments. Lewes Waitrose have also been supporting this event.

Forthcoming Safety in Action events

  • 20th to 23rd May 2019– Newhaven Fort, near Lewes
  • 3rd to 7th June 2019- Herstmonceux Castle
  • 17th to 21st June 2019- Bowles Outdoor Centre, Crowborough
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