Crucial safety skills for kids at free event

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Thousands of local schoolchildren will experience a hands-on safety event for free this year thanks to sponsorship from the Brunswick Shopping Centre.

The annual Crucial Crew workshops help educate children about safety by giving them the opportunity to experience potentially dangerous situations in a safe and supervised environment.

Year 6 pupils are put into teams and given presentations by different agencies including police officers, fire officers, paramedics, school nurses and the coastguard.

They cover subjects such as road safety, bullying, drugs and alcohol and safety at home.

Victoria Mitchell, centre manager at the Brunswick Shopping Centre, said: “The event is so well known locally and gives children an unforgettable learning experience that hopefully helps them understand and be more aware of potential dangers as they get older and become more independent.”

Alan Bruce, organiser of this year’s Crucial Crew, added: “Thanks to the kind support of the Brunswick Shopping Centre we haven’t had to pass on the costs of the event to the parents which means as many children as possible will experience and benefit from Crucial Crew this year.” Crucial Crew starts on June 1.