Call for young people to learn emergency skills through Duke of Cornwall Community Safety Award

Young people in Cornwall have the chance to learn how to help others in an emergency as the Duke of Cornwall Community Safety Award reopens for applications.

The ground-breaking scheme was first launched in Cornwall after the response to significant flooding and aims to educate and train young people to assist before, during and after a crisis.

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 The scheme was created in 2011 to give young people in the UK an opportunity to learn what to do in an emergency situation, such as severe weather.

The award scheme has since grown and is now recognised both nationally and internationally, with the scheme being used as far afield as Bangladesh.

Cornwall Council is relaunching the award with a brand new website and leaders resources to help anyone that would like to take part in the award to complete the three different levels.  

 The award scheme is open to all young people between the ages of 5 and 18 and uses a 3 tier system, where awards are earned at various ages.

 The scheme provides encouragement by awarding certificates and badges at each level. The handbook, training material and support available on the website will allow anyone to gather the awareness and skills to prepare themselves, their family, community and neighbourhood for dealing with an emergency situation, and to respond appropriately.

 Everyone participating in the Award scheme is encouraged to engage with their local community Police, Fire or other relevant emergency service, which are invariably willing to provide relevant support and information. Other organisations such as the Environment Agency and Local Authorities also provide information, support and encouragement.

Simon Mould, Head of Community Safety & Localism at Cornwall Council, said: “The Community Safety Award is a fantastic scheme which engages our younger members of our communities to be involved in building resilience in their local areas whilst achieving many personal skills, knowledge and confidence.

"We look forward to working with our partner emergency service responders in supporting this valuable scheme.”

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