Wealden children learn how to stay safe


More than 1,000 Wealden primary school children will be able to experience ‘hands-on’ safety training by learning, by doing – and even by making mistakes along the way.

Wealden District Council is organising its 22nd Safety in Action week which stages potentially risky scenarios such as arson, railway lines, accident scenes, farm safety and even shopping.

Cllr Claire Dowling said: “Much of its success is put down to the way it lets children get involved in situations where they can be safely supervised by professionals in the emergency services and other organisations. By taking part in real-life situations, children can appreciate the risks and importance of making responsible choices.”This year each child who attends will be given a workbook to take back to school to reinforce the safety messages. Funding for the workbooks has been given by the Safer Wealden Partnership.

The expanded format using two locations will be repeated this year. The first Safety in Action week will be held in the grounds of Bowles Outdoor Centre near Crowborough between June 3 and 11. The second will return to Herstmonceux Castle between June 24 and 28. Both give their facilities free. Organisations involved include South East Coast Ambulances, East Sussex Fire and Rescue, Sussex Police, Southern Railway, UK Power Networks, Freedom Leisure, East Sussex County Council Trading Standards and Wealden District Council. Refreshments are donated by Sussex Police. Uckfield Lions Club are sponsoring the main prize for the winning school, and Servomex in Crowborough sponsors the road safety award.