Crucial Crew week to supply vital life lessons for youngsters

Representatives from some of the organisations taking part in this years Crucial Crew week

Representatives from some of the organisations taking part in this years Crucial Crew week

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Primary school children in the island will learn important life skills at this year’s Crucial Crew Week.

Crucial Crew Week, which runs from June 20 to June 24, sees year six pupils from across the island learn about safety from various island organisations at University College Isle of Man, formerly known as the Isle of Man College of Further and Higher Education.

Organisations including Isle of Man Constabulary, the Coastguard, Manx Utilities, Manx Gas, the Department of Health and Social Care’s School Nursing Service, Manx Telecom, the Road Safety Unit, Bus Vannin and St John Ambulance, will give presentations with serious messages about safety but delivered in a fun and interactive way.

Crucial Crew has been running every year since 1992 and this year around 900 children will take part in the event.

Sergeant Wendy Barker, of Isle of Man Constabulary, is a member of Crucial Crew’s organising committee. She said: ‘Crucial Crew continues to be a valuable initiative in helping children learn important life skills.

‘Over the years there have been many examples of children using the skills they learn in real-life situations which proves that the lessons learned really do help children to stay safe.’

Manx Telecom will give a presentation on how to stay safe online and how to use the internet and mobile phones responsibly, while the police will focus on being a good and honest citizen, helping other people and the consequences of antisocial and criminal behaviour.

Manx Utilities, Manx Gas, and the School Nursing Service will collaborate to perform a pantomime about the dangers around electricity and gas in the home and Bus Vannin’s presentation will focus on emergency evacuation of a bus and general information about how to use buses.

Children will also look at first aid from St John Ambulance and the Road Safety Unit will provide sessions on how to stay safe when travelling to and from school.

Tim Crookall MLC, Minister for Education and Children, said: ‘We are grateful to all the many statutory and voluntary organisations that come together at Crucial Crew to give their time to ensure our Year Six pupils receive important advice on how to stay safe in a variety of situations.’

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