Katesbridge community are being safe and staying safe

PEOPLE living in Katesbridge had the opportunity to think and talk about being safe at home and when out and about at a ‘Be Safe Stay Safe’ session organised by Katesbridge Ladies Rural Group and delivered via Banbridge Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) and the NI Fire & Rescue local Fire Safety Officer.

Around 25 people attended the lunchtime event held at Shanaghan Orange Hall, Katesbridge.

Participants considered practical steps that could be taken to help be safe and stay safe.

Keith Cardwell, the NIFRS Fire Safety Officer for Banbridge highlighted the support that’s currently provided by the Fire & Rescue Service to help ensure that everyone has an effective home fire safety routine.

Councillor John Hanna, Chairman of Banbridge PCSP, commented, “Banbridge PCSP are delighted to work in partnership with Leonard Cheshire Disability to facilitate the delivery of the ‘Be Safe Stay Safe’ project to local community groups.

This event was request and promoted by a community group which ensured a really good turnout, and the opportunity for the PCSP to engage with local people.

It’s also an excellent example of how the organisations who are now designated partners on PCSPs can use events like this to deliver their own complimentary messages.”

Coleen Kennedy of Katebridge Ladies Rural Group, added, “We heard about the ‘Be Safe Stay Safe’ session when the Council’s Home Safety Officer came to give a presentation to the group, and the group felt that getting local residents to think about how practical ways that they could help themselves to be safer was a really good idea.

“The extra information about fire safety in the home was a bonus, and it was a good opportunity to get the men to come along as well.”

For further information about Banbridge PCSP, its members and the projects, events and activities that it delivers and supports to help make the Banbridge District safer, please contact the PCSP staffing team on Tel: 028 4062 0248 or Email: pcsp@banbridge.gov.uk