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A fresh look at student safety

Warwickshire County Council and partners are attending a college fresher’s fair in Nuneaton to provide safety information to new students today (11 September).

Higher Education Students at North Warwickshire and Hinckley College’s campus in Nuneaton will be able to meet representatives from Warwickshire County Council’s Community Safety Team, and the county’s Young Persons Substance Misuse Service.

Staff from these services will be on hand at information stands throughout the fair. They will be offering informal information and support to students to help them stay safe, as well as advising them about the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse.

They will be armed with leaflets and free giveaways including pens, notepads, and key rings printed with contact details for further support services.  Community Safety’s key message ‘Keep it safe, keep it hidden, keep it locked’ focuses on personal safety urging students to take care of their property and valuables.

Meanwhile the substance misuse service will be promoting healthy lifestyles and talking to people about substance misuse.

Cllr Richard Hobbs, Warwickshire County Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community Protection, said: “Starting college is a big event for new students and for many, their first steps toward independence and moving away from home.

“We want them to have an enjoyable and safe time studying in Warwickshire and our presence at these fairs will go some way to helping them achieve this by providing them with information relevant to their lifestyles and personal safety.”

For more information regarding alcohol and drugs, visit http://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/drugs or for further information about Community Safety, visit http://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/studentsafety.