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Pupils get vital life skills as part of long-running educational project

Over 820 pupils from 28 Uttlesford schools have been getting some crucial life lessons during a long-running safety awareness project.

Crucial Crew 2017

Crucial Crew - which is organised by the Uttlesford Community Safety Partnership and is now in its 22nd year - is aimed at Year 6 children to help them deal with the transition of moving from primary to secondary school.

The project was held St Mark's College, Audley End, across five days. It saw the 10 and 11 year olds work through a range of workshops provided by members of the partnership and others, including Uttlesford District Council, Essex Police, Essex County Fire & Rescue Service, the Royal Lifesaving Society, the British Transport Police, First Aid Chelmsford, and Essex County Council's road safety team.

The sessions covered topics such as drugs and alcohol awareness, road safety, trespassing on railways awareness, water safety and drowning prevention, fire safety at school and at home, criminal responsibility awareness, and first aid.

Angi Greneski, Uttlesford District Council's Community Safety Officer who co-ordinates the event on behalf of the partnership, said: "Crucial Crew delivers key safety messages to Year 6 pupils, reminding them of their own safety and decision making as they approach secondary school.

"This project has been held for a number of years and it was meet positively by the pupils and teachers who attended.

"I would like to thank everyone involved for making this year's event a success."

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26 June 2017