James Evison 28 November 2016

Council teaches health and safety to Swansea children

Children in Swansea have been given special interactive presentations on health and safety by the local authority.

The move was taken after the beginning of building new homes near to the school – and the local authority’s desire to educate children in the dangers of the workplace and construction sites.

Three schools took part in the project across the local area - and the schoolchildren were asked to make a poster with information on what they had learnt as part of the exercise.

The posters, which incorporate the school logo, will now be placed on the construction sites to illustrate the children’s knowledge of health and safety, and for the local citizens to see.

Councillor Jen Raynor, Swansea Council's cabinet member for education, said: 'This is a hugely important scheme as we head towards the start of construction works for the first new council homes in a generation here in Swansea.

'The presentations to the schoolchildren show we're doing all we can to involve local people of all ages in a project taking place in their community.'

The new homes in the area are part of the council’s commitment to building more affordable and social housing – which is currently required across the Swansea area – and are built to high-quality efficiency, PassivHaus standards.

Councillor Andrea Lewis, who is Swansea Council's cabinet member for next generation services, said: 'This is a flagship project for the council that will help inform the construction of many more council homes in future as we look to tackle Swansea's lack of affordable housing.

'The innovative technology being incorporated in these builds also means these homes will be incredibly energy-efficient, allowing tenants to save significant amounts of money on their fuel bills.

The properties are also built to Lifetime Homes Standards, meaning they can become more easily adaptable for lifetime use.'

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