How Crucial Crew has been keeping Telford school children safe

For over 25 years, Crucial Crew has been arming Telford School children with the practical knowledge they need to stay safe and to make the step up to secondary school.
Lyn and her colleagues at Crucial Crew 2017

By Lyn Stepanian – Public Health Practitioner

For over 10 years now I have been helping to organise the annual Crucial Crew event attended by year six students from across the borough.

Although the advice we have given over the years has often changed over the years, the aim has always been to provide a fun educational event to give young people the practical knowledge to keep themselves safe before making the step up to secondary school.

This year has been no exception. And we have had over 2,300 children take part from over 50 schools. This makes it one of the best attended Crucial Crews in the country, nearly every school takes part.

A lot of what we teach would be seen as common sense by many people, the stuff that we take for granted. But they are often the crucial things we all need to know in life.

Such as: What do you do in a fire? What are the consequences of breaking the law? Why should you exercise often? And how should you to be safe around, water, electricity, the roads and more.

It’s worth taking the time to teach these things.

It’s harder to organise than you think. It takes me 9 months to organise but it’s so rewarding.

Each year, I notice how everyone who takes part has having a fantastic time, but also that they were learning every step of the way.

The year is a special year as Crucial Crew is celebrating it’s 25th anniversary.

It’s interested to see that parents are now sending their children to the same event they went to years ago. I think that’s testament to how important the event is to keeping people safe. It’s still going and is well attended after all these years.

Join us at Crucial Crew this year we had people from:

  • West Merica Police,
  • Telford & Wrekin Road Safety,
  • Samaritans, school nurses,
  • Telford & Wrekin Leisure Services,
  • Royal Lifesaving Society,
  • Shropshire Magistrates,
  • Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service,
  • Western Power,
  • Telford & Wrekin Public Protection,
  • Streetkings.

I would like to say a big thank you to them all for helping to make this event happen.

Looking forward to seeing you again next year.

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