Awards for Welwyn Hatfield safety champions

PUBLISHED: 17:06 08 February 2017 | UPDATED: 12:53 14 February 2017

Welwyn Hatfield youngsters have been recognised for their contributions to community safety at an awards ceremony held in Welwyn Garden City.

Welwyn Hatfield youngsters have been recognised for their contributions to community safety at an awards ceremony held in Welwyn Garden City.

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Welwyn Hatfield youngsters have been recognised for their contributions to community safety at an awards ceremony held in Welwyn Garden City.

Fourteen pupils from schools across the borough became ‘Community Youth Champions’ after being nominated by their school. The youngsters then attended interactive road safety workshops in October 2016, where they learned about road safety, anti-social behaviour and the impact dangerous driving can have on the wider community.

Each Community Youth Champion then had to deliver a presentation at their school to cascade the crucial messages back to their peers.

All 14 received certificates in recognition of their hard work in helping to keep their peers safe.

The certificates were presented by Welwyn Hatfield mayor Pat Mabbott, Chief Constable Charlie Hall and Deputy Chief Fire Officer Darryl Keen at a ceremony held in the Collingswood Suite, Gosling.

A pupil from Sir Frederic Osborn School said: “It was really eye opening and made me understand the effects of car crashes.

“It was a great to be able to tell other students who weren’t at the workshop to help make them aware of all the dangers that we learned about.”

Councillor Roger Trigg, executive member for community safety, said: “Young people are often more likely to take on board information that’s given to them by their peers, which is why this project has been so worthwhile.

“All of the students should be immensely proud of themselves for helping spread crucial messages around road safety.

“Their commitment will have gone a long way in helping to make the borough a safer place and it’s great that this awards evening has celebrated their hard work.”

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