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Young people better equipped for life following successful initiative

Young people from Hart and Rushmoor are heading-off into the summer holidays having leant valuable knowledge about a range of potential real-life scenarios thanks to a recent community safety initiative.

Fire safety, stranger danger, healthy relationships, rail safety, safety on the Army Ranges, first aid and safety around dogs were all covered during the Think Safe project, organised by the Safer North Hampshire Community Safety Partnership and a variety of agencies, including the local councils.

The Year Six students from Hart and Rushmoor spent time with a variety of local organisations such as the Royal Military Police, St John Ambulance, Stop Domestic Abuse, Network Rail South East, The Dogs Trust and Hampshire Constabulary, learning through a series of interactive scenarios at the Aldershot Enterprise Centre, in Gallwey Road, Aldershot.

Around 885 students from Hart and approximately 600 students from Rushmoor took part in the initiative, from 26 schools across both boroughs (14 schools in Hart and 12 in Rushmoor).

Around 2,000 students from 40 schools in the Basingstoke and Deane area also attended Think Safe sessions at the Bramley Army training camp, coordinated by the Children, Families and Young People team within the borough council’s Community Support Team.

Councillor Simon Bound, Chairman of the Safer North Hampshire Community Safety Partnership, said: “We hope these sessions encouraged young people to learn some important life skills which will hopefully remain with them for years to come.”