A major safety awareness campaign targeting young people in the Stevenage area has received grants worth a total of £1,750 from two local county councillors.

County Councillor Robin Parker (Chells) and Phil Bibby (St Nicholas) have allocated £1000 and £750 respectively from their locality budgets to the Stevenage Crucial Crew project.

A total of £10,000 is available to each of the 77 members of Hertfordshire County Council to spend on worthwhile community projects in their area.

Crucial Crew, now in its 18th year, is an interactive safety scheme aimed at Year 6 children in Stevenage and its surrounding villages. It teaches children how to tackle the personal dangers and other issues they may face – including road safety, stranger danger, fire safety, and good citizenship. More than 1,700 children took part this year.

The money from the councillors has gone towards printing costs for certificates, a parents’ leaflet, awards and engraving.

The councillors said:

Crucial Crew is a hugely successful scheme which has been doing an excellent job in raising awareness of all kinds of safety topics among primary school children since it was first set up. The project operates on a large scale, so it is important that it receives sufficient funding to enable it to continue its work at that level.

Locality budgets were launched in July 2009, with funding to be used for worthy social, economic or environmental causes in Hertfordshire. For information on how to apply for funding under the scheme, visit www.hertsdirect.org and type ‘locality budgets’ into the search box.