Road safety is no drama for JRSOs

Junior Road Safety Officers (JRSO) from schools across East Ayrshire assembled recently for the annual JRSO seminars.

The seminars, held in Shortlees Community Centre and Yipworld in Cumnock, were hosted by the Ayrshire Roads Alliance’s Road Safety Team.

The team has recruited 31 schools to take part in this year’s JRSO programme which encourages young people to highlight road safety issues within their school and wider community.

To encourage the new JRSOs to think about road safety and how to communicate their message, four inspirational workshops were helped to shape their ideas.

East Ayrshire Leisure’s Michaela Mullen led a drama workshop and gave the JRSOs some great ideas about delivering road safety messages at assemblies. The Road Safety team held workshops on the JRSO and general road safety websites; an idea exchange and an art workshop where the young people designed a road safety poster which promoted ‘Travelling Safely in Vehicles’.

Councillor Tom Cook, Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Equalities said: “The JRSOs have a key role to play within their schools and these workshops gave the young people lots of ideas but also the opportunity to meet and share ideas with JRSOs from other schools.

“Each JRSO was presented with an organiser, pen and badge along with a bag of prizes for competitions which they can run within their school. They have also been asked to keep a record of their work which will be used to judge the JRSO School of the Year next June.”

For further information on the JRSO scheme, contact Barbara Sutcliffe, Road Safety Officer, 01563 503183 or visit www.jrso.com

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