CALA Homes (North) visited Brimmond Primary School to talk to children about the homebuilding industry and educate them about the dangers of playing in and around construction sites.
Six classes enjoyed interactive sessions which covered the history of building houses as well as the variety of fantastic and varied career opportunities within the industry, but there was also a stark warning about the dangers of going into construction areas unsupervised.
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Sarah Liversidge, Cala’s Environmental, Health & Safety Manager, visited the school pupils to discuss how Cala keeps its nearby Craibstone Estate South development safe with children able to try on a range of protective clothing and watch a video specially created by Cala to help highlight some of the hidden dangers that can be found on building sites.
Stay Safe, Stay Away also provides a range of curriculum-based activities including designing a site safety poster and writing a news article.
The initiative is a core part of Cala Homes North’s Community Pledge, the housebuilder’s newly launched commitment to bring meaningful investment to its local communities.
Sarah said: “The Stay Safe, Stay Away programme is designed to spread the message to children that construction sites are not somewhere to play around. Although we ensure all Cala sites are secure, its important young people know the dangers of entering a construction area, so they don’t put themselves or their friends in harm’s way.
“The message is a serious one however we hope that our animated film, presentation, and the activities are fun and allow children to relate to the topic.
“Another aim of this initiative is to bring to life at grassroots level how new homes are developed and the important role that housebuilders play in creating sustainable new communities. It was also great to highlight the great variety of jobs involved in building homes, from land buying and construction to sustainability, which the children thoroughly enjoyed.
“It was a fantastic session, and the children were incredibly enthusiastic and engaged with Stay Safe, Stay Away – we hope they take lots away from the session.”
Joanna Campbell, Deputy Head Teacher at Brimmond Primary School, said: “This was a great opportunity for our pupils to find out more about the local area, career opportunities and keeping themselves safe.
“Our ongoing relationship with Cala Homes is proving of great benefit to our school community and for that we’re incredibly grateful.”
For more information on Cala Homes, visit https://www.cala.co.uk/.