Children in Forest Heath learn ‘crucial’ life lessons

Great Heath students with fire safety team Shirley Brame, Mick Lowe and Susan Briggs. Picture Mark Westley

Hundreds of children have learnt vital life skills after taking part in a series of activities at Mildenhall Stadium.

About 500 pupils in Year 6 from 16 schools in the Forest Heath district have attended the ‘Crucial Crew’ sessions at the venue in West Row.

The annual four day event from Monday to Thursday this week was organised by the Forest Heath Crime Prevention Panel.

Supported and assisted by Suffolk Police, Suffolk Fire and Rescue, St John Ambulance as well as Forest Heath District Council and Suffolk County Council, the aim of the sessions is to teach youngsters vital life skills and safety issues.

Heather Highton, administrator for the Crime Prevention Panel and organiser of Crucial Crew, said: “The children are engaged in serious issues while attending Crucial Crew, yet we aim to make their experiences exciting. While we feel the importance of conveying ‘life skills’ we are also intent on ensuring the children have fun while doing so.”

The event, in its 21st year, saw pupils receive advice and take part in discussions.

They also took part in a number of scenarios set up by the police and fire service.

Crucial Crew was sponsored by the Forest Heath Crime Prevention Panel, The Mildenhall Charity Shop, Mildenhall Stadium and MLT Transport.

For more pictures see this week’s Bury Free Press newspaper.

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