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Local children receiving essential safety training at the Safety week hosted by the Aldershot Enterprise Centre this July

Think Safe – a North Hampshire initiative came to the Aldershot Enterprise Centre for two weeks in July to teach local Year 6 children essential safety tips.

The children, who were all aged approximately 11 years old, learnt about various areas of safety with the help of many local agencies aiding them to be more educated in unsafe situations. Many schools from across Rushmoor and Hart districts took part in the scheme.

Think Safe which runs activities across the North Hampshire area, is an active safety training programme. Children who are on the verge of taking the next step to secondary school, take part in mock ups of dangers they may face in everyday day life and learn through experience how to deal with them.

The activities encourage them to be vigilant with a multitude of aspects including road, train, water, fire, gas, personal safety, emergency first aid, avoiding abduction and bogus callers to the door. They also have the opportunity to make mock 999 emergency calls to know what to do if a real emergency arises.

Think Safe is organised by Safer North Hampshire and is able to run due to the tremendous support of the agencies that participate in the various events and provide staff time and resources free. It is the commitment of everyone involved to educate children in Hampshire about safety in order to reduce accidents at home, school or play and to produce safer citizens for the future.

Centre manager, Lorna recognises the importance of the Aldershot Enterprise Centre plays in this annual scheme,

As every year, we were delighted to welcome the Year 6 children and various agencies that help teach them important and valuable life skills, enabling them to be better equipped for any future dangers they may encounter. We are looking forward to welcoming them all back next Summer.”

Agencies which take part in the training include: Hampshire Constabulary, RNLI, Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service and The You Trust

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