Young people from a local community centre have been volunteering their time to deliver important safety messages to tenants at a sheltered housing scheme managed by South Tyneside Homes.

Eight teenagers from Horsley Hill Community Centre visited Patrick Cain House, South Shields, to give advice on fire prevention and personal safety.

Their presentation to more than 20 tenants included key messages about the dangers of chip pans and smoking in the home, as well as information on what to do if a fire starts.

A live demonstration was also given by members of the group to highlight the risks of sneak thieves and bogus callers. Following the demonstration, every tenant was handed a free purse bell and a card giving personal safety tips.

Peggy Ford, who lives at Patrick Cain House, said: "It was a very interesting event and I would like to thank the young people for coming in to give us this valuable advice."

Shirley Jones, Volunteer Youth Worker at Horsley Hill Community Centre, added: "All of the teenagers did well with their presentations and they should be extremely proud of what they have achieved. This event will also hopefully help to break down some of the barriers between older and younger people in the Borough."

The group worked with representatives from Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service and Northumbria Police to learn the key safety messages and deliver their presentations.

Ray Hougton, Watch Manager for Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, said: "We are always looking at effective ways of communicating fire safety messages. Older people are at more of risk from fire and this is a really innovative way of getting those messages. As well as helping to make people safer it brings two different groups in the local community much closer together."

Neighbourhood Beat Manager, PC Paul Wolfe said: "It's great to see young people taking such an active role in their community and helping the older generation stay safe. This was a very worthwhile event, supported by the Neighbourhood Policing Team, which benefited everyone who attended."

Entertainment was provided on the night by 8 year-old, James Bassett, who performed a George Formby tribute.

John Musson, Director of Housing at South Tyneside Homes, said: "We are pleased that we have been able to support these young people by providing them with a venue for their first presentation.  As a company, we are committed to helping tenants stay safe in their homes and this is an innovative way of achieving this goal. Through this work the young people will also be able to develop key skills that will be invaluable to them in the future."


Posted December 15th, 2011 at 1825 by Andrew. Comment by emailing: