Saddleworth students get hands on with home safety at Civic Hall exhibition

DO you know which recycling items go in which bins? Or could you point out health and safety risks in your own home?

Young people got hands on at an interactive Saddleworth and Lees Schools’ Home Safety Exhibition last month to test their knowledge and learn more.

Four bins – green, black, blue and brown – were set out as they separated rubbish items into the right categories, as well as things they couldn’t recycle.

They also learned more about the importance of washing your hands, food safety and hygiene, and identifying risks in the home.

(Back row) Vice Chair’s Lady Lesley Knotts, Mayor of Oldham Cllr Shadab Qumer, Youth Development Officer Sue Palfrey, Home Safety committee chair David Caddick, and Saddleworth Parish Council Vice Chair Cllr Rob Knotts with (front) Pupils from Greenfield Primary School

Stranger danger and safety on the internet were also key discussion topics for a generation where children are owning mobile phones and laptops from a younger age.

To finish, children took part in a fun quiz to check what they had learned at the sessions, which were held at the Civic Hall in Uppermill.

The recycling challenge for the pupils to complete

The events were attended by special guests the Mayor of Oldham Cllr Shadab Qumer and Saddleworth Parish Council Vice Chair Rob Knotts and his wife Lesley.

The Mayor said: “It is great to be involved with this event which is helping our young people learn vital life skills to look after themselves.”

11 groups from schools across Saddleworth took part over three days in the activities, which were organised by Sue Palfrey, Youth Development Officer for Oldham Council, along with the Home Safety committee, who run the event every year.

Sue said: “Local agencies who have put on the activities in past years are so stretched so the committee asked if I could do anything to help.

“I’ve brought in a few new activities, and also made goodie bags with leaflets, reflective strips for children’s bags and coats, and information about our alcohol awareness campaign ‘Power to Resist’.

“They all seem to have enjoyed it and the feedback from the teachers is that it’s been brilliant.”


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