Junior Citizens 2004 – a safety scheme organised by the Metropolitan Police and hosted by Tate & Lyle

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By the 18 June 2004, 1,200 Newham school children will have avoided chip pan fires, prevented gas explosions, dodged mobile phone thieves, saved other people’s lives and overcome bullying.These are just some of the life skills being taught at Junior Citizens – a safety course taking place at Tate & Lyle’s London sugar refinery this week. The scheme which has been running since the 7 June is organised in partnership with the Metropolitan Police and hosted by Tate & Lyle. By the end of the two weeks, over one thousand 10-11 year olds from schools across Newham will have had the opportunity to spend half a day onsite at Tate & Lyle’s sugar refinery and take part in a range of simulated emergency situations. These are just some of the life skills being taught at Junior Citizens – a safety course taking place at Tate & Lyle’s London sugar refinery this week. The scheme which has been running since the 7 June is organised in partnership with the Metropolitan Police and hosted by Tate & Lyle. By the end of the two weeks, over one thousand 10-11 year olds from schools across Newham will have had the opportunity to spend half a day onsite at Tate & Lyle’s sugar refinery and take part in a range of simulated emergency situations. Through practical involvement, Junior Citizens educates children in preventing emergencies from arising and how to cope if difficult situations do arise. These include scenarios such as how to deal with modern social problems such as mobile phone theft, vandalism and drugs. In addition more traditional child safety issues such as water safety, road and rail safety, first-aid and house fires are also covered. Run by volunteers from organisations such London Underground, London Fire Brigade, London Ambulance Service and a range of utility companies, the scheme involves a series of practical demonstrations, videos and role playing. Some of the hands-on activities include a real chip pan fire, a stationery HGV lorry to explain the dangers of ‘blind spots’, giving mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to a first-aid dummy and a tour of a London Fire Brigade fire truck. Children and volunteers also act out a series of role plays including topics such as bullying, calling a neighbour in an emergency and having a mobile phone snatched. “We are very pleased to be involved in this excellent scheme,” said Simon Gibbons, Tate & Lyle’s Operations Director, Sugar. “The Metropolitan Police and other volunteers do an excellent job and the scheme benefits the whole community. Events like this teach Junior Citizens skills that will be useful for the rest of their lives.” This is the sixth year that the scheme has been hosted by Tate & Lyle. Last year 2,100 children benefited from the scheme on the Thames Refinery site. The Junior Citizens scheme is held in most London Boroughs over May and June. All primary schools in Newham will participate over a 3-year period. For more details please contact: Samantha Wickers, Press Officer Metropolitan Police, Tel: (020) 8345 4377 [email protected]

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