Art Maker Safety Day in Knaresborough

Yesterday, our Art Makers had a fun and informative safety day. Community representatives from both North Yorkshire police and fire services spoke about how to help keep ourselves safe and there was plenty of time to have a closer look (and climb in) to the police vans and fire engine as well as a chance to try on all the equipment such as helmets, jackets and boots.

Police Community Support Officers James Snowdon (Knaresborough) and Hazel Thomson (Harrogate) talked to a group of over 25 Art Makers, all of whom have a range of disabilities and support needs, about key safeguarding issues.

Topice covered included stranger danger, bullying and cyber-bullying, and saying no to drugs.  There was also a discussion about who to tell if you feel unsafe or need help.

At the end of the day a disco was held and staff and police tested if the Art Makers were able to put into practice the skills they had been taught earlier in the day – such as saying no to drugs (in this case sweets!) and not giving out information to people they do not know.

Art Makers at the Safety day looking at equipment used to fight fires.

Helen Richardson, Community Safety Officer with North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service, shared advice and information about preventing fires and how to stay safe should a fire break out in the home.  Our Art Makers were well informed and asked some difficult questions which created good discussion about how we can all reduce the likelihood of a fire where we live.

Art Maker Danny got kitted up in heavy duty boots, jacket and helmet – he said it felt very heavy and hot!

Helen said, “We are discussing worse case scenarios today, but knowing what to do in the event of fire, calling 999 and having an escape plan is so important.  It’s about making everyone just that bit more aware about fire safety and prevention.”

Art Maker Danny getting dressed up as a fireman.

The day also included a visit from the Knaresborough firefighters and the chance to get close up with the fire engine and equipment.   Dog handler PC Noel Hancock also brought furry friends Buzz and Teal to meet everyone and explained about the work these amazing and brave dogs do within the police force.

Henshaws Sensory Specialist Nic Millar helped organise the event and said, “The safety day helps reinforce the messages we teach about looking after yourself at home or whilst travelling independently.  It’s a fun way of learning about staying safe and helps the disabled people we work with refresh their knowledge in these areas.”

Art Makers with a fireman in front of a fire engine.