Crucial lessons learned by young people 


For the third year in succession, more than 2500 of Bolton’s year six primary school pupils will be joining the Crucial Crew.

The event, which began yesterday (February 1), sees a series of half day sessions during which pupils will be guided through interactive scenarios to help them learn about subjects including: safety in the home, near electricity and on the road; and the dangers of alcohol.

Bolton’s Safeguarding Board, the organisation responsible for coordinating local arrangements to safeguard and promote the welfare of children in Bolton, is putting on Crucial Crew, with the help of its members, including: GM Fire; GM Police; Ambulance Service; Bolton Road Safety Unit; GM Passenger Transport; Bully Free Zone; British Transport Police; Bolton Council’s Environmental Services; A1 Highways Agency and United Utilities.

By taking part in Crucial Crew young people can improve their judgment, decision making and risk assessment, and the various scenarios are designed to build their confidence and raise their self-esteem. Their awareness will in turn benefit the wider community.

The event is being supported by Bolton Council, Be Safe Bolton Strategic Partnership, Bolton at Home and Tower FM, who are providing free airtime to promote the event and broadcast safety messages from all the partners and sponsors over a week.

Councillor Ebrahim Adia, Executive Member for Children’s Services at Bolton Council, said: “It is so important for Bolton’s young people to learn about the need to stay safe, and I’m sure they will act upon the messages given to them at Crucial Crew. I want to thank all the partners, sponsors and, of course, the schools for making this project happen”.

Crucial Crew is being held at Bury Interchange, and will run from yesterday until February 12, and from February 22 until March 5.

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