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Ely risk awareness days

Even the rain couldn't dampen the Ely Youth Team's enthusiasm on the last of three risk awareness days on Thursday 12th August. The Jubilee Park, Ely, was the venue for a joint agency event to help young people understand the risks they can be exposed to.

Young people got to see first hand how a fire engine and a fully equipped Police vehicle could deal with a variety of situations. Professionals were on hand from the FRANK drugs awareness programme, alcohol awareness and smoking cessation to show young people what support is available.

Activities were also provided by a number of groups including K9 dog training, circus skills and the University of Cambridge Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology who provided a pre-historic art session.

Lead youth worker Tina Sutton said "The three days have been really successful, there has been lots of young people at the sessions and we are very grateful for all of the organisations that provided activities.

The team who staffed the event included a number of young volunteers who had been reached through previous programmes.

Here are some of the things people said about the day on Thursday:

"It was brilliant you got to sit in a Police van!" - Thomas 15

"It was fun because you could see a fire engine and learn how to use a fire alarm" - Buddy 16

"I sat in a Police car and we found out how people were arrested" - Daniel 13

"It has been an excellent way to reach young people" - Police Officer

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