Tuesday, 15 October 2002
Making children safe will be the topic for discussion in Tilbury next week at a series of workshops organised by Tilbury Community Forum with Thurrock Council, the NSPCC and other agencies with an interest in child safety.
Starting on Thursday, 24 October there will be a series of lunchtime information sessions for parents, carers, neighbours and young people wanting to find out about the dangers and risks faced by youngsters today.
The sessions aim to dispel the myths surrounding how to keep safe and identify practical ways for everyone in the community to play a part.
It is intended for the issues raised at the workshops to shape a community event planned for Wednesday, 20 November where a local theatre company will help people living in Tilbury get to grips with how everyone can help make the area safer for children.
Ward councillor for Tilbury St Chad's, Councillor Val Liddiard, is urging as many people as possible to attend the workshops. "We all have a responsibility to protect children. Not just our own, but every child in our community. These sessions mark the start of an ongoing process that will help people in Tilbury be aware of the dangers that are out there and effectively protect against them.
"I hope that lots of people will take part in the workshops. It's up to us to keep our kids safe."
The free lunchtime sessions are being held at the Tilbury Youth Centre, Quebec Road, Tilbury on Thursday, 24 October, Friday, 25 October and Tuesday, 29 October between 12pm-2pm, and on Friday, 1 November between 11am-2pm.
They will cover topics ranging from the safeness of the environment to drugs and bullying.
The Tilbury Forum will then take the outcomes of the day and form an action plan to work with local people to find solutions to real local issues.
For further information about the project, contact Councillor Val Liddiard on 07909 974761, Jeneanne Hemmerdinger on 01375 855210 or Annie Archer on 01375 411312.