Cookstown High and Holy Trinity pupils get ready to leave home

Chair of Mid Ulster District Council, Councillor Trevor Wilson, is pictured at the Leaving Home, Staying Safe event with Catherine McKenna, Mid Ulster district Council and representatives who attended from the PSNI, Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) and Start 360.
Chair of Mid Ulster District Council, Councillor Trevor Wilson, is pictured at the Leaving Home, Staying Safe event with Catherine McKenna, Mid Ulster district Council and representatives who attended from the PSNI, Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) and Start 360.

Over 300 Year 13 and 14 students from Cookstown High School and Holy Trinity College attended a Leaving Home, Staying Safe event to help prepare them for living away from home when they complete their studies.

The event, organised by Mid Ulster District Council and funded by Mid Ulster Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP), has taken place in Cookstown from 2007.

It provides students with safety advice and valuable information on living independently and away from home for when they complete their studies and make the transition to workplace or university.

The event delivered key safety messages to the school leavers, improving their knowledge of both home and personal safety.

Students were given talks and presentations from various agencies on a number of important issues: Fire safety by the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS), road and personal safety by the PSNI, managing money by Citizens Advice, alcohol and drugs awareness by Start 360, mental health awareness by Cookstown and Western Shores Area Network (CWSAN), and energy efficiency and carbon monoxide awareness and basic first aid training, by Mid Ulster District Council.

Speaking at the event, the Chair of Mid Ulster District Council, Councillor Trevor Wilson, said: “Today’s Leaving Home, Staying Safe event is an extremely worthwhile and valuable one. When most students finish their studies and begin thinking about living independently, many only think of the obvious questions - is it in a good location, etc. Few think of deeper, more important issues like fire, road and personal safety issues.”