Safety booklet helps support youngsters

Junior Eyes scheme launch at Stamford Police Station with PCSO Marlowe  Bramich, Sgt Leanne Carr, PCSO Christopher Clarke and  Helen Bill, a police support volunteer. EMN-150223-155718009
Junior Eyes scheme launch at Stamford Police Station with PCSO Marlowe Bramich, Sgt Leanne Carr, PCSO Christopher Clarke and Helen Bill, a police support volunteer. EMN-150223-155718009
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A booklet designed to provide young children with community values and safety advice has been launched in Stamford and Bourne, helping to ‘support youngsters in the community’.

Launched by Helen Bill, Chair of Grantham and District Neighbourhood Watch Association, the Junior Eyes booklet has already been distributed to over 16 primary schools across Stamford, Bourne and The Deepings.

Both Helen and the local PCSO’s have been going into primary schools to hand out the free booklets and deliver assemblies to discuss issues like stranger danger and internet safety.

Helen, who has worked with the Neighbourhood Watch Association and as a police volunteer, came up with the original idea for the booklet, which two years on is now being distributed across the county thanks to grant support provided by Lincolnshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Alan Hardwick.

Lincolnshire Police has also helped to produce the booklet along with the help of pupils from The King’s School in Grantham who helped to design the graphics.

The A5 booklet aimed at children aged seven to 11 years old, discusses issues including bullying, internet safety, first aid, staying safe on the road and drug and alcohol awareness, along with a puzzles section to ‘engage’ the child’s attention.

Agencies such as anti-bullying and Internet safety at the council, along with the British Red Cross and RNLI joined together to write the text for the booklet. Including the police and fire service who wrote guides on fire safety and police issues within the community.

Helen said: “This booklet is great because it brings all of the different organisations together and gives both the child and their parents all of the information they need about where to go for a point of call.

“The response has been very positive from all of the schools, so we’re all really please.”

PCSO Marlowe Bramich said: “All of the children have been very receptive to the booklet and they always ask us lots of questions at the end of our presentations.”

If you are interested in finding out more about Junior Eyes e-mail Helen at junioreyesbooklet@gmail.com.