b & ss crucial creweach year 800 children attend
The workshops take place outdoors in Bridgnorth over a week in June each year. Eleven specialist workshops are brought to the site. Each workshop is housed in a tent in which the attendees participate in a training activity about the particular topic. The children, from several schools, visit the workshops in turn.
During their lunch break they watch a playlet about bullying, put on by a local teenage drama group.
Children are with trained and vetted volunteer adults at all times.
Workshops are always topical, so they vary from year to year, with a mix of core and topical workshops. We ask the teachers attending to provide feedback on the effectiveness of the workshops’ presentation, and use this information to refine the workshops.
In 2023 the workshops were knife crime, intemet safety, fire in the home, electrical safety, resilience towards the future, farm safety, road safety, the environment, water safety, drugs awareness, alcohol awareness, bullying.
Guides escort groups of 10-15 children around the workshops. Guides arrive at 9.00am for a briefing before the children start arriving at about 9.30am.
The workshops start at 10.10am after the children's welcome. Lunch is at 12.00pm to 1.00pm and during lunch guides may leave or stay in the area. The children leave at around 2.30pm. Guides may volunteer for as many days as they wish.
Although no volunteer will never be alone with any child, we follow all child safety procedures. All volunteers are known to us or have provided references.
If you are interested in volunteering in 2024 please get in touch.
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Schools are asked to contribute towards the cost of the event on a per capita basis.
Early in the Spring Term schools will be asked whether they would like Crucial Crew to arrange transport for pupils and staff. We will advise transport details or joining arrangements during the first half of the Summer Term.
Pupils attending are divided into groups and each group will contain pupils from several schools; please assign your pupils to the various groups prior to attendance and to let us know of any pupils who may have special requirements and which group they are in.
Schools’ feedback on the event and the workshops helps us to improve the training we offer, and staff attending the event are asked to provide a brief report on each workshop.