Ballyearl Buzzes With Bee Safe Week
17 May 2015
Attending Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council’s Bee Safe event at Ballyearl are P7 pupils from Glengormley Integrated and Mossgrove primary schools. Also pictured is Davy McCoy of Carnmoney Cycles who provided the children with bike safety information and advice and Clare Aylward from the Council’s Environmental Health section.
The Newtownabbey series of the annual Bee Safe event had Ballyearl Arts and Leisure Centre buzzing last week, with over 900 Year 7 pupils from 26 primary schools in the Newtownabbey area attending.
Bee Safe is a proactive, multi-agency community safety initiative specifically aimed at the Primary 7 age group. The event promotes safety and develops community awareness, preparing pupils for the transition to secondary level education. The week-long event is a creative way of teaching the pupils how to prevent everyday accidents and dangerous situations while also teaching them how to deal with them safely and effectively should they occur.
The learning sessions are designed to promote interaction and involve the children moving around various accident themed scenarios in small groups. As part of the event, Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council teamed up with Carnmoney Cycles and Travelwise to encourage pupils to get on their bike! The Bike Safety information highlighted to pupils the benefits of cycling for both their health and the environment, while profiling the importance of bike safety through wearing helmets and respecting the rules of the road. Pupils were also made aware of the Borough’s cycle paths and facilities and were also given guidance on bike maintenance.
The initiative is delivered by agencies including the PSNI, Northern Ireland Electricity, Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council, Newtownabbey Home Accident Prevention, NI Fire and Rescue Service, Translink and Women’s Aid.
Environmental Health Officer Kathryn Wilson said “Bee Safe is an imaginative way of delivering safety messages which have the potential to save a child’s life and has proven to be very successful due to our organisations working in partnership and giving their time and expertise. The bike safety feature of the programme helps promote safe use of roads and bike maintenance while also raising awareness of the excellent cycling paths we have in the area.”