Cru­cial lessons for young­sters

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Kenny Smith

Pri­mary seven pupils across Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang are set to get some cru­cial ad­vice.

They will be tak­ing part in the Cru­cial Crew – de­vised and op­er­ated by South La­nark­shire Coun­cil’s en­vi­ron­men­tal ser­vices team – which this year turns 21.

Over more than two decades the event has now taught tens of thou­sands of P7 pupils how to cope with ev­ery­day sce­nar­ios as their in­de­pen­dence grows - and a fur­ther 3000 young­sters are lined up to take part again for 2014.

The venue is the James Hamil­ton Her­itage Park in East Kil­bride, where the young­sters will work their way around a se­ries of sets, learn­ing first hand how to deal with fire, how to pre­vent slips, trips and falls at home, safety near build­ing sites, and how to spot coun­ter­feit goods when they see them.

They are also taught about the dan­gers of in­ter­net chat rooms and what to do if they are made to feel un­com­fort­able by any­thing that is said to them on­line. Cy­ber bul­ly­ing via mo­bile phones – and ways of cop­ing with it – are also dis­cussed.

There will also be in­put from Scot­tish Power, de­liv­er­ing se­ri­ous mes­sages about the dan­gers of ‘play­ing’ with elec­tric­ity.

Tak­ing part his year are: Burgh, Spit­tal and Hall­side ( to­day, Wed­nes­day); St Colum­bkille’s, Bankhead, St Mark’s and Calder­wood (Thurs­day); and Cairns, St Cadoc’s and St Bride’s (Fri­day).

Coun­cil­lor Hamish Ste­wart chair of Com­mu­nity Ser­vices, said: “Cru­cial Crew has proven it­self over the years to be an ex­cel­lent ex­er­cise in safety learn­ing.

“We are con­fi­dent that this is one of the best ways to help chil­dren to un­der­stand about the range of dan­ger­ous sit­u­a­tions in which they may o n e d ay find them­selves.

“Tens of thou­sands of young peo­ple have taken part in this event in the last two decades who we hope have now taken the lessons learned here well into their adult lives, and may even be pass­ing them on to their own chil­dren.”

In the crew Young­sters at a pre­vi­ous Cru­cial Crew event at the James Hamil­ton Loch in East Kil­bride

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