Safety scheme buzzes into local schools

Councillor Linda Clarke is joined by local school children and event partners at the recent Bee Safe event in Newtownabbey. INNT 20-813CON
Councillor Linda Clarke is joined by local school children and event partners at the recent Bee Safe event in Newtownabbey. INNT 20-813CON

More than 1,600 Primary 7 pupils from 50 schools across the borough recently took part in an interactive safety learning experience.

The pupils participated in the ‘Bee Safe’ programme, which uses role play and real life scenarios to inform young people how to stay safe and make the right decisions.

The initiative is a multi-agency approach to safety and the 2016 event was organised by Antrim and Newtownabbey PCSP.

The programme explores a number of topics including, internet safety, drug and alcohol awareness, fire safety, inclusion and diversity, home safety, personal safety and safety on public transport.

Speaking about the event, Chairperson of Antrim and Newtownabbey Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP), Councillor Linda Clarke commented: “This is an excellent event that aims to develop awareness on a range of important issues as young people prepare for the transition from Primary to Secondary education. I hope that all of the young people who attended the event take on board the important messages to help keep themselves, their friends and their family safe.”

Presentations at the events were delivered by Antrim and Newtownabbey Home Accident Prevention Group, Translink, PSNI Road Safety and Neighbourhood Policing Teams, Antrim Youth Information and Counselling Centre, Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service, Women’s Aid and Beyond Skin.