Hundreds of students across Grŵp Llandrillo Menai's 12 campuses attended a wide range of information events and workshops during the college group's Safeguarding Week initiative.

Safeguarding Week was an opportunity for students to think more about how they can keep themselves safe inside and outside of college as well as be aware of the support available to them at Grŵp Llandrillo Menai's colleges: Coleg Llandrillo, Coleg Menai and Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor.

Workshops and assemblies were facilitated by North Wales Police, Welsh Ambulance Service Trust, North Wales Fire and Rescue Service and Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board on topics such as internet safety, driving safely, healthy relationships, the law, and safer sex. Additionally activities were provided during tutorials to give classes time to discuss various themes relevant to the week.

One of the most popular initiatives was 'Deadly Impacts'. North Wales Fire and Rescue Service together with its road safety partners - Taith, North Wales Police, Welsh Ambulance Service Trust and Bikesafe - were involved in educating young drivers and pre-drivers (between 16-24), about the consequences of poor or inappropriate driving.

Representatives from Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board's SEXtember campaign were on-hand to promote sexual health awareness. SEXtember highlights the importance of good sexual health and promotes talking about sexual health matters openly. It also encourages people to get checked out and discuss sexual health issues, including contraception, by visiting their local clinic.

Coleg Llandrillo's student union president, Jacob Tudor Jones, said:

We were delighted to host and help to launch such a meaningful, impactful and important event. It was great to see so many organisations coming together, in what is a fantastic example of partnership working at its very best. We wanted as many people as possible to get involved during Safeguarding Week - the more we can spread the word, the more we can tackle abuse and help to ensure that no-one has to suffer.

Grŵp Llandrillo Menai's student enrichment officer, Sarah Wynn, said:

The speakers were thought-provoking and their emotive stories and experiences showed how we all need to continue to work together to protect our students from harm.

We care about our students and we are committed to doing the best possible job we can to ensure we effectively look after those who are vulnerable.. Each and every one of us has a duty to safeguard, protect and promote the welfare of others. Safeguarding is everyone's business.

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