Safe and sound in the Zone

Fenland District Council's Safety Zone at Westwood School, March.
Fenland District Council's Safety Zone at Westwood School, March.

Safety was the name of the game for nearly 500 children from primary schools in and around March, Chatteris and Whittlesey last month.

They all took part in the Safety Zone, a series of fun activities aimed at helping them keep themselves and their families out of danger. Their counterparts from Wisbech and its surrounding area will learn the same lessons in July.

Topics covered in the Zone include everything from basic first aid and what to do in the event of a fire to the importance of wearing seatbelts and how to avoid the dangers of the internet.

The children also learned about food safety, what they can and can’t buy in shops and how to look after the environment.

The Safety Zone is a Fenland Community Safety Partnership project, organised by Fenland District Council and Cambridgeshire County Council with help from the police, fire service, St John Ambulance and Roddons. The New Horizons outreach bus is used to help deliver the project.

Councillor David Oliver, FDC’s portfolio holder responsible for community safety, visited one of the sessions in March.

He said: “The children obviously enjoyed themselves and learned a lot in a short time. But this is not just about the children – these are lessons for everyone.

“If you can get the safety messages across to the children at an early age – and particularly if you do it in a fun way - then they pass those messages on to their brothers and sisters and their parents. That benefits everyone.”

Teacher Tamara Masterton, who accompanied pupils from Westwood School, March, said: “We all found the day really useful and thoroughly enjoyed it. The hands-on activities were really different and helped to engage the children and there were also lots of reminders for the adults regarding safety in and out of the home.”

Fourteen schools took part in last month’s events, held at the March and Whittlesey fire stations, and another 14 will be involved in Wisbech from July 8-12.