Almost 2,000 primary six pupils have taken part in a series of safety workshops designed to keep Renfrewshire children safe.
The annual Safe Kids events, organised by the Renfrewshire Community Safety Partnership and hosted by St Mirren Football Club, has delivered safety messages to more than 20,000 young people since it was first introduced more than a decade ago.
Photo: Scottish Fire and Rescue Service use the visitor’s dressing room to teach the pupils about first aid
Pupils from every school in Renfrewshire were invited to take part a wide range of workshops, from littering, dog fouling and anti-social behaviour to fire safety, drugs and alcohol awareness and emergency situations.
The workshops took place in and around the Paisley 2021 Stadium, including the dressing rooms and hospitality suite, with pupils taking their seat in the stand before being split into their groups for the day.
Photo: Renfrewshire Provost with the five winners of the poster competition – (Left to Right) Momina Ali (Newmains), Gracie Boyd (Ralston), Summer Coyle (Rashielea), Evie Crawford (Lochfield) and Jemma Johnston (St Anthony’s)
Kids were also tasked to create their own posters detailing what being safe means to them and five winners were selected by Renfrewshire’s Provost Lorraine Cameron.
The winners, and their families, were invited to a special VIP day at the Paisley 2021 Stadium and were joined by pupils from Bargarren, St John Bosco, Glencoats and Barsail Primary.
The five winners were:
- Momina Ali – Newmains Primary, Renfrew
- Gracie Boyd – Ralston Primary, Paisley
- Evie Crawford – Lochfield Primary, Paisley
- Jemma Johnston – St Anthony’s Primary, Johnstone
- Summer Coyle – Rashielea Primary, Erskine
Councillor Cathy McEwan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board, said: “Safe Kids is a fantastic project which is ensuring our children have the correct information and skills to stay safe in a variety of situations.
“More than 20,000 pupils have had the opportunity to learn from a variety of our community partners and this will allow them to be fully informed to deal with issues both in and out of school.
”The workshops are delivered in a fun and engaging manner which means the young people involved can enjoy the day while still taking in the serious messaging behind the activities.”
Photo: 135 pupils from St John Bosco Primary, Bargarren Primary, Barsail Primary and Glencoats Primary with a range of partners involved in delivering the sessions cheer in the stands
Safe Kids events took place on 7-8 March, 13-16 March and will conclude between 19-22 March.
The workshops were delivered by a range of partners including Renfrewshire Council’s Youth Team, Renfrewshire Council’s Wardens, Renfrewshire Council’s Civil Contingencies Service, Renfrewshire Council’s RADAR (Drugs and Alcohol), Police Scotland, British Transport Police, Scottish Fire and Rescue, Who Cares Scotland and Street Stuff.
Prizes for the winners, including discounted passes, bags and tickets, were kindly donated by Flip Out, Joma Sport and St Mirren.