Vale of Glamorgan Council Road Safety Awards 2013
Published Monday 06 January 2013
The annual presentation awards ceremony was recently held at the Docks Office in Barry to recognise the continuing high standards achieved by Vale of Glamorgan Council School Crossing Patrols (SCPs) and the volunteers involved with the child pedestrian training scheme Kerbcraft in Vale Primary Schools.
Everyone, whether acting in a paid or voluntary role, was commended for their professionalism and enthusiasm in helping to provide children and adults with safe crossing points throughout the Vale despite the seemingly ever increasing amount of traffic.
Rob Thomas, Director of Development Services, said: "The success of any scheme relies upon the dedication and commitment of the individuals involved, be it on a voluntary basis or in a paid role. To remain enthusiastic and continue to smile whilst standing in the pouring rain takes a very dedicated individual’.
He paid tribute to over 200 Kerbcraft volunteers who have freely given up their time since 2002 to step-up to the challenge of helping prepare young road users to be safe pedestrians. Those first 5 and 6 year-old pupils who were trained 11 years ago may soon be leaving school and applying for their driving licenses!’
Since Kerbcraft started in Wales, child pedestrian training has involved nearly 5000 children in the Vale of Glamorgan alone. Several awards were presented to volunteers from School Crossing Patrols and Kerbcraft, whose efforts were particularly appreciated over the past twelve months.
Rob Thomas said: “Our heartfelt thanks goes to everyone who has taken part in Kerbcraft training this year and we hope that, with sustained funding, it will continue for many years to come”.
Everyone took part in a light-hearted quiz to test their knowledge of 1953 (the year that the School Crossing Patrol Act was passed by Parliament), followed by the serving of light refreshments. The popular event was hosted once again by the Vale of Glamorgan Council Road Safety Team.
Rob Thomas thanked everyone for attending: “Whether you are a School Crossing Patrol, a Kerbcraft volunteer, a student, parent or teacher, or officer, you can all be very proud that there are thousands of adults and children who are able to enjoy this Christmas thanks to your continuing efforts and hard work for road safety.”
For the SCP Service, which was celebrating its 60th anniversary year in 2013, the Area Winners were:
Llantwit Major & the Rural Vale
Alison Richardson from Eagleswell Primary School who plays many active roles within the school community, both inside and outside, and has supported and encouraged the School Junior Road Safety Officers (JRSOs) to spread the road safety message to both parents and pupils alike.
Barrie Evans, a Mobile Patrol Officer for the past year who started outside St Helen’s Junior School over three years ago and is currently covering Rhws Primary School. A very popular and reliable officer.
Penarth, Sully and Dinas Powys
Elaine Storey supports pupils to cross the road from a variety of schools in Penarth on Redlands Road. With over 13 years of service to her name, she has always been creative and innovative with ideas to support her role, visiting schools and rewarding positive behaviour for those who cross with her. Sadly she will be leaving her post after Christmas and will be missed by everyone.
A Special Award was presented to Karin Williams who, while patrolling outside Rhws Primary School on 20 June, was involved in a ‘freak’ incident when a car flipped over and mounted the kerb where she and a group of children and parents were standing. Protecting the children, Karin took the full force of the impact and sustained very serious injuries. Onlookers said that several children would have died or would have had far worse injuries themselves if it had not been for Karin’s courageous and brave reactions. Nominated and deservedly winning a ‘Pride of Britain’ Award, Karin is making a remarkable recovery and was there to receive her SCP Special Award from Councillor Lis Burnett, Vale of Glamorgan Council Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Innovation, Planning and Transportation.
A stalwart of the SCP Service since 1998 and a real ‘Ambassador’ for all School Crossing Patrols, Jean Hatter can be relied upon to cover all sites and undertake training or provide support. Popular with fellow officers and the public alike, and always showing the utmost dedication and commitment to her work, this year probably proved to be her most challenging. On the afternoon of the accident at Rhws, the crossing point needed to be covered and this lady was sent to do the job. She managed to remain calm, despite everything going on around her, and used her experience to ensure the safety of everyone crossing with her. Over the following weeks her manner and continuing professionalism helped to relieve the anxiety of the children and parents attending Rhws School and restore their confidence, once again, in using this school crossing patrol point. A lady who always carries out her job to the best of her ability and fully deserves the title and famous SCP shield.
A random draw was made of all the volunteers’ names, many of which have been involved with the scheme for a number of years. The winners chosen to represent every person who freely gives up their time to help the children were:
Joanna Hopkins and Lisa Guy who coincidentally are both dedicated volunteers at Rhws Primary School.
Presentations were also made to the winners of the Road Safety Competitions held during 2013. These were:
School Crossing Patrol Diamond Anniversary Banner Competition: Seren Russell (Winner – Ysgol Pen y Garth), Rosa Davies (Runner-up - Ysgol Bro Morganwg), Lewys Williams (Runner-up - Ysgol Bro Morganwg)
Drink-Drive Multimedia Competition: The winning DVD was produced by 3 students from Year 8 at Cowbridge Comprehensive School: Helen Jenkins, Freya Evans & Francesca Weir
Drink-Drive Poster Competition: Freya Large (Winner – Peterston-S-Ely Primary School), Runners-up: Finn Martin-Jones, Daisy Martin-Jones & Livvy Cross (all PSE), Runners-up: Erin Evans & Phoebe-Mai Bagshaw (both Murch Junior School)