YOUNG people in North Kesteven are taking part in innovative workshops that are designed to help them make the right choices.
The ‘It’s That Easy’ programme is a partnership between North Kesteven District Council, Lincolnshire Police, Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue Service, Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership, Lincolnshire Co-operative, the Safeguarding Children and Young People Board and voluntary services.
Piloted earlier this year at the Sir William Robertson School in Welbourn and the North Kesteven School in North Hykeham, the project is being rolled out to more schools, with Kesteven and Sleaford High School Selective Academy and Carre’s Grammar School in Sleaford to become involved next month. Then, in the autumn, St George’s Academy, Sleaford and Sir Robert Pattinson School, North Hykeham are hosting the workshop.
It’s That Easy is aimed at Year 9 students (13 and 14 year olds), with the workshops geared to informing and supporting young people on issues such as the responsible use of social media and the internet, road safety and being a responsible member of the community. The workshops also cover alcohol and how this can affects the decision-making processes.
As well as focusing on informing and supporting young people to make the right choices, an important aspect of the programme is to show, through real-life events, how easy it is to find yourself breaking the law when it comes to alcohol, social media use and road safety. This includes examples of how apparently innocent, yet irresponsible, pranks can quickly become tragedies.
The programme was initiated by Inspector Mike Jones of Lincolnshire Police.
For more information go to the ‘It’s That Easy’ website at http://microsites.lincolnshire.gov.uk/safenk/campaigns/