Success for Flintshire Urdd 2016

The North Wales team had a great week at the Flintshire Urdd over the half term break getting to spread the messages of the All-Wales School Liaison Core Programme to the people attending the Urdd.

Over the course of the week-long event, staff from the All-Wales School Liaison Core Programme, North Wales Police and volunteers enjoyed engaging with the festival’s audience, providing them with information about not only the All-Wales School Liaison Core Programme, but the services provided by North Wales Police.

With the busiest week in years, the Urdd gave the staff an opportunity to truly engage with members of the public, with North Wales Police Cybercrime distributing hundreds of safety advice leaflets; North Wales Safeguarding surveying young people and parents on their current knowledge of online safety; OWL Watch engaging with the public about the work of Neighbourhood Watch and encouraging new sign-ups with their mascot Tee Bee the Paws on Patrol dog. And of course, as well as our School Community Police Officers on hand to explain about the lessons we deliver, our friendly mascot Tarian also took a trip to North Wales to be present. Daily Tarian was given the chance to get out and about on the maes with his trusty friends, on a mission to explain about the safety lessons the School Community Police Officers provide.

After their busy week, North Wales regional coordinator Mannon Williams said: “The stall at the Eisteddfod proved to be a great success this year. Collaborating with other units within the Force such as the Cybercrime, Onyx, Community Safety, Cadets and Special Constables recruitment teams enabled us to engage positively with members of the public and raise awareness about what we do. Having other agencies including the North Wales Safeguarding team, Barnardos and Owl Cymru there to support us shows how were are now working collaboratively to support young people and the wider community within the Force area.”

North Wales Deputy Chief Constable Gareth Pritchard stated after the week-long event: “Many thanks to everyone that was involved in policing the Urdd Eisteddfod in Flint. It was a very special event with over 90,000 visitors enjoying the competitions and the activities on the field. With such excellent weather the numbers attending were increased and in addition to the busy half term demands there was much to do. I received positive feedback on the work of the Police on the field and it was good to see the important matters discussed at our display.”

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