Over 300 Year 13 and 14 students from Cookstown High School and Holy Trinity College attended a Leaving Home, Staying Safe event to help prepare them for living away from home when they complete their studies.
The event, organised by Mid Ulster District Council and funded by Mid Ulster Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP), has taken place in Cookstown from 2007.
It provides students with safety advice and valuable information on living independently and away from home for when they complete their studies and make the transition to workplace or university.
The event delivered key safety messages to the school leavers, improving their knowledge of both home and personal safety.
Students were given talks and presentations from various agencies on a number of important issues: Fire safety by the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS), road and personal safety by the PSNI, managing money by Citizens Advice, alcohol and drugs awareness by Start 360, mental health awareness by Cookstown and Western Shores Area Network (CWSAN), and energy efficiency and carbon monoxide awareness and basic first aid training, by Mid Ulster District Council.
Speaking at the event, the Chair of Mid Ulster District Council, Councillor Trevor Wilson, said: “Today’s Leaving Home, Staying Safe event is an extremely worthwhile and valuable one. When most students finish their studies and begin thinking about living independently, whether it be to go to university or to commence employment, many only think of the obvious questions- is it in a good location, how much does it cost etc. Very few think of the deeper, more important issues like fire, road and personal safety, mental health and energy efficiency awareness.
“I hope today’s event taught students to think of the bigger and safer picture when considering living away from home for the first time. What they heard today could actually turn out to be a real life-saver for themselves or their friends when they eventually make that move.”
For more information on the event, or to hear about future events, contact the Home Accident Prevention Officer at Mid Ulster District Council on 03000 132 132.