Crucial Crew 2015

Once again, Crucial Crew was very well received by the 30 local Primary schools taking part, with some coming along for the first time.

Crucial Crew 2015

Another 725 enthusiastic 9-10 year old youngsters from 30 local schools gained valuable experiences through the recent week long Sudbury Crucial Crew. This brings the total to well over 9,0000 since the activity was introduced by the Rotary Club of Sudbury 16 years ago.

A total of 30 local schools were invited to come along to either a morning or afternoon session during the week. Their pupils were divided into ten groups of 7 - 9 children, and they were guided around the circus of ten different 14-minute scenarios by Rotarians, partners and friends.

Suffolk Fire Service brought along their mock-up of a child’s bedroom and used it to great effect to point out areas of potentially high fire risk, before simulating a fire with theatrical smoke and rescue by a fireman wearing full breathing apparatus. Needless to say, this again proved to be the most popular scenario with the children. UK Power Networks returned with a very effective interactive display that showed the dangers associated with electricity and the likely consequences to the unwary. 

Local St. John Ambulance volunteers demonstrated the correct response to a domestic accident and each youngster was taught how to move someone to the ‘recovery position’. 

Thomas Gainsborough School once again allowed 11 Year 10 drama pupils to join us in two ‘shifts’, working alongside the strong contingent of Police Community Support Officers in two of the scenarios. Here they acted as shop-lifters, anti-social youths and drugs users giving an extra dimension to the scenarios, as it allowed the police to discuss and explain correct behavior, depending on how the groups of children responded to each situation.

Sudbury Transition Group and the town’s Community Warden looked at re-cycling and waste by dividing each group into two teams, who then raced each other to sort bags of rubbish - a scenario that blended well with our role as an eco-Rotary Club.

A valuable exercise allowed the youngsters the opportunity to make a 999 call to a switchboard staffed by a couple of helpers of our own, who followed a script to ask them all the questions they would normally meet if they had to make an emergency call. ‘Crucial Quiz’ tested knowledge of home safety - an activity that promoted keen competition to score the greatest number of points and win a Crucial Crew prize package for each team member. 

The Suffolk Road Safety team kindly let us borrow their interactive activity, along with a suitable script, so that we could highlight some of the dangers experienced on our streets. and the dangers associated with water were explored by considering how to stay safe near rivers, lakes and the sea, with the youngsters able to try on various bouyancy aids under the excellent tuition of fellow Rotarian Andy Morton.

So that the lessons learnt are re-inforced, each pupil has access to material that supports continued learning at home and in the classroom via the Sudbury Crucial Crew website.

To be successful, the project requires a terrific commitment from Rotarians, friends and anyone who can be encouraged to come along and help - in all, over 80 people helped with at least one session. Our thanks go to all those who helped so willingly and in so many ways. Thanks are also due to Sudbury Tesco for their kind donation of team prizes in the quiz and assistance towards refreshments for the volunteers.

Thank you to our sponsors, who this year included :

  • Sudbury Town Council
  • The Ann Beaumont Charity
  • Sudbury Common Lands Charity  

We were also delighted to receive donations from :

  • Acton CEVCP School
  • Bentley CEVP School
  • Beaumont Community Primary School
  • Bildeston Primary School
  • Boxford CEVCP School
  • Copdock Primary School
  • Elmsett CEVCP School
  • Glemsford Primary Acedemy
  • Hadleigh County Primary School
  • Tudor CEVCP School
  • Wells Hall County Primary School


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