Tuesday, 15 June 2010

Kids take the highway to success in road safety quiz

Stop, look and listen will be the order of the day as pupils test their brains at the annual Otley road safety quiz next week.

Pupils from the Otley district will be pitting their wits and knowledge of road safety against each other at the ninth running of the quiz.

They will be tested on their understanding of the Tales of the Road, the children’s version of the Highway Code. Using an interactive piece of computer software called ‘Qwizdom’, the quiz will operate in a similar style to the ‘ask the audience’ part of the popular quiz show ‘Who wants to be a millionaire?’

The quiz will take place at the Methodist church in Otley on Thursday 17th June 2010 at 6:30pm, with fifteen local schools taking part, each fielding teams of five pupils.

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Media are invited to attend the quiz and see the children in action using Quizdom and speaking to them about the event. The event will take place on Thursday, 17 June from 6.30pm at Otley Methodist Church, Walkergate, Otley, LS21 1HB. Please contact the press office on 0113 247 4450 to arrange attendance.
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All participants receive generous prizes for their efforts donated by the Otley and District Road Safety Committee and the Road Safety Promotion Unit. Spike, the Road Safety Hedgehog, will be on hand to help give out the prizes and mementoes of the evening.

The evening will be enjoyed by Mr Greg Mulholland, MP for Leeds North West and the Mayor of Otley Councilor Ray Smith together with supporting parents and teachers.

Councillor Richard Lewis, executive board member for development and regeneration said:

“The children always do themselves proud in what is quite a test of their knowledge. It is great to see how much they know about road safety. Although the quiz only involves a few selected pupils from each school we believe the preparation for the event improves the road safety knowledge of all the children, and lets them get interactively involved in a key topic.”

Notes to editors:

Participating primary schools for 2010 include;

Adel ;Adel St John;Ashfield,Otley; Bramhope; Hawksworth, Guiseley: Otley All Saints; Otley ‘The Whartons’; Pool C of E; Queensway, Yeadon; Rawdon Littelmoor; Otley Westgate; St Josephs, Otley; St Oswald’s, Guiseley; Tranmere, Guiseley; and SS Peter and Paul, Yeadon.

For media enquiries, please contact;
Cat Milburn, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 247 4450
Email: Catherine.milburn@leeds.gov.uk

Queen's honour for dedicated youth justice worker

A Leeds City Council employee who has dedicated his life to helping young offenders back onto the straight and narrow was named on the Queen’s birthday honours list this weekend

Bob Baird, who has worked in youth offending for over a quarter of a century will be getting an MBE for all his hard work.

Nominated by the head of Leeds Youth Offending Service, Bob said “surprised is an understatement” about receiving the letter telling him of the award.

In the 26 years Bob has worked in youth offending for Leeds City Council he says the service has changed greatly. “It’s now a real partnership with lots of specialists all working together to help young people get out of trouble, and help the community by reducing offending.”

Jim Hopkinson, head of Leeds Youth Offending Service said:
“Over the last 26 years Bob has been a dedicated and exceptional youth justice officer and manager. Bob epitomises the Youth Offending Service ethos of going the extra mile for young people and their families. He is passionate about reducing offending and making Leeds a safer place for all it citizens. He thoroughly deserves this recognition.”

Bob joined Leeds City Council in 1984 as a social worker specialising in working with children in trouble, since then he has worked in several jobs, helping young people who are either at risk of entering the criminal justice system or who are already involved with the courts. One of the highlights of his careers was setting up the Leeds Intensive Supervision and Surveillance Programme and was its first manager in 2001. Bob currently leads a team of social workers, probation officers and support workers representing the youth offending service in court. He supports young people and their families and assists magistrates and other court staff, in their decision making, by providing assessments and information about the young people coming through the courts.

Bob says his belief in young people is what has kept him working in youth justice for so long:
“My belief is that we have to do the best we can for young people, and do whatever we can to bring the best out of them.

“It’s always great to see youngsters who we’ve worked with in the past and have gone on to have very productive lives and we can see they have families of their own and are making a positive contribution. When they come back to see us and are grateful for the help we gave them at a difficult time in their lives it makes it all worthwhile.”

Councillor Judith Blake, executive member for children’s services, including youth offending, said:
“It is great to see such a dedicated member of staff being recognised in this way. What a great accolade for Bob and a real tribute to all his hard work helping young people turn their lives around and ultimately helping reduce youth offending in the city.”

For media enquiries, please contact:
Emma Whittell, Leeds City Council press office, on (0113) 2474713
Email: emma.whittell@leeds.gov.uk