Young Citizens Challenge Redditch
The Young Citizens Challenge in Redditch is once again being organised by Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (HWFRS) and West Mercia Police, supported by the Safer Roads Partnership, Redditch Borough Council’s Anti-Social Behaviour Team, SARA (Severn Area Rescue Association) and the Red Cross, and will take place from Tuesday 18 to Friday 21 September at Redditch Fire Station.
Year Six pupils from four Redditch middle schools will be participating in the event and each team will be awarded points for their behaviour and the skills they demonstrate as they attempt each of the challenges set for them. The winning school will then be announced at the end of the competition.
Caroline Webster, Community Safety Advisor with HWFRS, explained: “We work closely with schools and other agencies to make children aware of the dangers they might face in a range of situations, and to give them guidance and the confidence needed to react in a way that will help them and anyone with them to stay safe.”
She said that during this year’s Challenge in Redditch, HWFRS would be highlighting the far- reaching consequences that making hoax calls or starting fires deliberately can have.
Community Support Officer Vanessa Halford confirmed that West Mercia Police would be using the Challenge to highlight internet safely and stranger danger.
She said: “Young Citizens Challenge is now a well-established annual event and extremely popular with the children taking part. The scenarios they face are delivered in an entertaining way but at the same time give important safety messages which we hope they will remember for a long time to come.”
HWFRS and West Mercia Police thanked all those participating for their involvement, particularly First Midland Red Buses for their support during the event.