Crucial lessons for youngsters
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