Ards and North Down Pupils learn to ‘BeeSafe’

Wednesday 8th March 2023

The Mayor of Ards and North Down, Councillor Karen Douglas, visited Ards Arena Youth Resource Centre at the end of a two-week BeeSafe educational programme that hosted over 1,000 pupils from 39 schools across the Borough.

The Mayor and a group of adults and children smile at the camera

The programme was funded by Ards and North Down Police and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP), Ards and North Down Community Safety, and the Public Health Agency.

BeeSafe is a project aimed at Primary 7 children that is designed to promote community and personal safety while reducing anti-social behaviour within the Borough. Topics covered during the two-week programme included Bus Safety, Fire Safety, Home Safety, Internet Safety, Anti-Social Behaviour and Mental Health.

The Mayor of Ards and North Down, Councillor Karen Douglas, said:

“This is an exciting time for all Year 7 students as they near the end of primary school and get ready to move to the next stage in their academic paths. This can be a little bit daunting but BeeSafe helps to equip and prepare them for the transition. I hope they all enjoyed the programme and wish them well in their future studies.”

The Chair of Ards and North Down PCSP, Councillor Rachel Woods, said:

“BeeSafe is a fantastic project for teaching children and young people about the various dangers they may face as part of everyday life. It teaches them how to stay safe while out and about as well as helping them to consider pressures they may face online and in their transition to secondary education. I am delighted that so many children from Ards and North Down have been able to attend. I have no doubt that what they learn will help them to ‘BeeSafe’.”

Photo caption: The Mayor of Ards and North Down, Councillor Karen Douglas (centre) with Paula McKeag (Home Safety); Patrick Heron (Education Authority); Constable Johnston (PSNI); Phil Donnan (NIFRS); Tom Jackson (Community Safety) and Susan O’Neill (Translink NI), along with pupils from Grange Park Primary School (Bangor) and St. Colmgall’s Primary School (Bangor). Image: Ian Pedlow.