Published: Monday, 4th July 2022

Families and residents of all ages across Medway are invited to get their free ticket to a fun and informative day at The Historic Dockyard Chatham later this month.

Our Safety in Action Day, in partnership with Medway Task Force, Medway Community Safety Partnership and Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust, will take place on Sunday, 24 July, from 10am to 5pm, to teach residents vital lifesaving lessons, alongside fun summer activities.

There are a limited number of tickets available to attend this free event, and these must be booked in advance.

The free event will see sport taster sessions, face painting, activity trails with prizes available and much more, while encouraging families to come together to learn about water, fire road, internet and personal safety.

Residents will also be able to explore The Historic Dockyard Chatham, including the brand new Ropery Gallery and temporary exhibition, Diving Deep: HMS Invincible 1744.

Our teams, including Child-Friendly Medway, will be at the event alongside Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS), the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), Kent Police, South Eastern Railway and National Rail.

Winners of school safety poster competition announced - well done!

The event was announced at the Safety in Action school competition winners’ lunch at Rochester Fire Station on Friday, 24 June. The pupil who had designed the best safety poster received a certificate, alongside a £20 Amazon voucher and an £150 Amazon voucher for their school. Year 6 pupils from St Augustine’s of Canterbury Primary School in Parkwood, Rainham were able to take part in fun activities, including a tour of the fire station, with Kent Fire and Rescue Service, Kent Police, the Royal National Lifeboat Institute (RNLI) and HM Coastguard and various council departments, including Child Friendly Medway.

The Safety in Action Day is being held following the success of the national award-winning virtual Safety in Action programme, which taught 10 to 11-year-olds across Medway water, fire, road, internet and personal safety lessons. The programme won The Safeguarding Award at the Children & Young People Now awards 2021. From February to March earlier this year, the lessons were delivered to nearly 2,300 year 6 pupils in more than 40 Medway schools.

Thousands of schoolchildren taught lifesaving skills

Cllr Adrian Gulvin, Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Resources and Chairman of the Medway Community Safety Partnership, said: “I am incredibly pleased that the Safety in Action programme has been such a success and that Medway residents, of all ages, will have the opportunity to learn vital safety lessons at one of Medway’s historic landmarks.

“The innovative programme has provided thousands of schoolchildren with essential safety information and I look forward to seeing more residents learn how to keep themselves and their families safe. The pioneering programme and event support our aspiration for Medway to become a child-friendly city and I would encourage residents to book their tickets early to avoid disappointment.”

Historic dockyard - at the heart of the community

Richard Morsley, Chief Executive, Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust said: “We are excited to be working with Medway Council to host its inaugural Safety in Action Day. The Historic Dockyard Chatham has always been at the heart of the community and we are looking forward to welcoming many residents through our doors at the start of the summer holidays. For those who may not have visited us for a while we hope this day gives them enough of a taster to make return visits throughout the rest of the year to enjoy our three historic warships, interactive galleries and changing events programmes.”

Book your free ticket

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This is a ticketed event and tickets are on a first come, first serve basis from Monday, 4 July.

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