Safety events in Wealden to educate kids

Wealden District Council
Wealden District Council

More than 1,200 primary school children from across Wealden will be able to experience a ‘hands-on’ learning event at Bowles Outdoor Centre near Eridge and at Herstmonceux Castle.

Safety in Action is an event promoting active learning by experiencing risk in a number of scenarios. The event is now in its 23rd year.

Councillor Claire Dowling, Cabinet member for Public Health and Community Safety said Safety in Action is a simple formula of allowing children to learn through safe, supervised experience and remains as effective as ever. She said: “Now we have expanded sessions to include two venues – one in the north at the Bowles Outdoor Centre, one in the south at Herstmonceux Castle - even more 10 -11 year olds can benefit from this learning experience. What helps make the experience really memorable is the range of hazard situations we are able to cover. This is only possible through the excellent partnership working involving the blue light services, health professionals and other public services.“

Hazard scenarios organised for this year include: Sussex Police - road safety and personal safety, South East Coast Ambulance - dealing with a casualty, East Sussex Fire and Rescue - reporting an arson attack and electrical safety, Southern Railway - rucksack on the railway line. RNLI – water safety. NHS school nurses – alcohol safety and Wealden District Council – safety on a farm. To add to the challenge, the 48 Wealden primary schools taking part will be able to compete for a number of prizes. The first week will be held in the grounds of Bowles Outdoor Centre, near Crowborough, between June 2 and 6 and the second week will return to Herstmonceux Castle between June 16 and 20. Funding for this event has been awarded by the Safer Wealden Partnership.