Over 1,500 pupils from 32 Thurrock primary schools took part in this year’s Kerbcraft Road Safety skills training programme — with the help of 71 adult volunteers.
On Monday (18 July), the volunteers, who assist in training the children, attended a Thank You presentation and buffet lunch at Thurrock Council’s Civic Offices, where they were presented with certificates of achievement for taking part in the scheme.
They were also entered into a prize raffle draw, with donations from Lakeside Shopping Centre, Tesco, West Thurrock, Wilkinsons, Grays, Asda, Tilbury and Boost, Lakeside.
During the training, the children, all aged five to seven, are taken out in small groups to the roadside where they learn to find safe places to cross the road and ways of dealing with parked cars and junctions.
The Kerbcraft scheme relies on dedicated volunteers who spend an hour and a half each week training the children.
Cllr Andy Smith, portfolio holder for Housing and Regeneration said, “It is essential that we encourage youngsters to be aware and cautious of the dangers of the road.
“Without the dedication and continued commitment of these volunteers, young children would not be taught the skills that could save their lives.
“I would like to say a very big thank you to all of those involved in this project.”