PUPILS at a local school in a County Durham village have been putting their artistic skills to good use promoting site safety at a nearby housing development.
The children from Collierley Nursery & Primary School in Dipton were asked to create a selection of safety posters, and a selection are now on display of the hoardings around the Coppice Heights development. They hope their designs will inform the public about how to stay safe around construction sites.
A winning poster design — drawn by seven-year-old Myhia — was unveiled at the opening of the development’s new show home, at which she and some of her classmates were welcomed as VIP guests.
The children have been working with representatives from Durham Villages Regeneration Company (DVRC), the partnership between Durham County Council and regeneration specialist Keepmoat Homes, which is building 59 two-, three- and four-bedroomed homes on the site.
“Representatives from DVRC visited the school and spoke with the children about the construction work being undertaken in our community,” said head teacher, Angela McDermid. “They were told about building site safety and then entered a poster design competition to share what they had learned. It was a fantastic and informative experience and we are already looking to partner with DVRC on future school initiatives.”
Councillor Carl Marshall, chair of DVRC and Durham County Council’s cabinet member for economic regeneration, said: “We have been working with the schoolchildren, talking about what goes in to building a house and how the area around where they live is evolving.
“Our partnership approach through this joint venture has enabled us transform council owned land into much needed new homes and also engage school children with the construction industry and the importance of site safety.”
Geoff Scott, social and economic impact manager with Keepmoat Homes North East, added: “We’re delighted that the children from Collierley Primary School were able to launch these show homes. Their creativity was clearly on display during the poster challenge and the standard was very high, so a special congratulations must go to them all but especially to Myhia.”
Main Image: Myhia (front centre), with Evie (left) and Xander, are joined by Ian Worgan, managing director of Keepmoat Homes in the North East (rear left), Angela McDermid and Councillor Carl Marshall