Posted on 28th June 2017
Our officers have joined forces with local businesses, Derby County Community Trust, the NHS, Derby City Council and Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service in an event aimed at keeping young people in Derby safe and healthy.
The event, entitled Project Ace, is being held this week at Derby Arena, Pride Park, Derby. It started on Monday June 26 and runs until this afternoon, Wednesday, June 28, when around 350 children aged 10-11 years from schools across the city will attend the arena, taking part in interactive activities designed to keep them safe and healthy.
The event has been organised by PC Karen Stubbins from our Normanton Safer Neighbourhood Team, who explains: “The event is a pilot project bringing together different businesses and agencies who are concerned about children’s safety and health.
“The children are about to go up to secondary school and so we felt this was a great age for them to be getting some key messages. The idea is that the inputs are interactive and set up away from the school environment so hopefully captures their interest.
“We have a variety of inputs from cyber bullying, healthy eating, fire safety, recycling, fitness inputs from Derby County Community Trust and the dangers of electric sub-stations.
“As well as those involved in the inputs, we are really grateful to some key local business that have helped support us financially, enabling us to hold the event.”
Kate Nash, Head Teacher at Silverhill Primary School in Mickleover, attended the event with a group of her Year 6 pupils. She said: “The event has been excellent and I have seen the students really interacting with the activities.
“There are some key health and safety messages being delivered by the different agencies and whilst we cover some of these in school this is a great opportunity for the children to get out in to a public environment helping them to understand how important these messages are.
“It’s good to see the police bringing the different organisations together and the theme of responsibility, safety and health really fit together well for the students.”