FOR two weeks every June, students in their last year of primary school have a chance to learn how to cope with day-to-day dangers and real-life emergencies, and how to keep themselves, their friends and their families safe. The Junior Life Skills prog

FOR two weeks every June, students in their last year of primary school have a chance to learn how to cope with day-to-day dangers and real-life emergencies, and how to keep themselves, their friends and their families safe. The Junior Life Skills programme is organised by Torridge District Council's Sustainability and Health Initiatives Officer Amanda Wycherley with help from North Devon Council. For the last few years, Amanda has used the Army Camp at Fremington as the location. Last year more than 1,500 final year primary school children attended the event - three groups a day for two weeks. A range of short scenarios is provided by agencies including Devon and Cornwall Police, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service, Devon Primary Care Trust, British Red Cross, the Maritime Coastguard Agency, Safer North Devon, and North Devon and Torridge's Environmental Health teams. They give children first hand experience in how to deal with different situations. They learn about the effects of alcohol, what not to do with a chip pan fire, First Aid and resuscitation techniques and the benefits of healthy eating and hygiene. This year's Junior Life Skills will take place on weekdays from June 1-12 at the Army Camp in Fremington.