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December 1, 2009

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Water safety- opportunity for a young safety advocate

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents is looking for a young person to head up a water-safety project, which will aim to save the lives of other young people.€ᄄ€ᄄ

RoSPA is looking to run its third project with the Changemakers Foundation to support a “young advocate” – a hands-on role, which gives people aged between 18 and 25 the chance to get involved in accident prevention.€ᄄ €ᄄThe young advocate will be placed within RoSPA’s leisure safety team for 10 days over a six-month period, and will take the lead in a project to improve the charity’s involvement with young people in water safety.€ᄄ €ᄄ

Peter Cornall, RoSPA’s head of leisure safety, said: “The Future Leaders programme provides an excellent opportunity for young people to get involved in the work of RoSPA and to make a direct and lasting contribution to saving lives and reducing injuries.€ᄄ €ᄄ

“We are hoping this project will help RoSPA further promote water-safety education and, importantly, provide young people with more tools to do this themselves.”€ᄄ €ᄄ

The first young advocate to work with RoSPA researched young people’s attitudes to driver training. Her findings helped prompt the creation of the Young Drivers Assessment, a RoSPA service which offers expert appraisal and advice on driving habits, skills and attitudes. The second young advocate investigated the difficulties faced by young male drivers in getting reasonably-priced insurance deals.€ᄄ €ᄄ

While the young advocates benefit from working with RoSPA, the safety charity also gains from the Future Leaders programme, which is designed for organisations seeking to improve the way they engage with young people. Throughout each placement, a Changemakers mentoring partnership is in place for RoSPA as well as the young advocate, giving the Society access to Changemakers’ expertise and experience of increasing youth involvement.€ᄄ €ᄄ

To request an application form or find out more, contact Sam Neal, RoSPA’s leisure safety information officer, at [email protected]. Completed application forms need to be returned by 11 December. Interviews for the post are due to take place on 16 December.

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