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Horsham District Council is encouraging the parents of teenagers and young adults to consider personal safety during the winter months thanks to three films produced by media students at The College of Richard Collyer in Horsham. The initiative, led by the council’s Community Safety Partnership, aims to raise awareness of the personal safety of young adults as the nights grow darker and colder in the winter months to help them live safer, more confident lives.

The campaign follows the success of the Keep It Safe personal safety campaign in March of this year which saw a positive response through social media. The campaign began with National Personal Safety Day on 5th October and will run until the end of January. The three films produced by media students at Collyers aim to encourage parents to be mindful and for young adults to think ahead before going out with light-hearted comedy and creative flair. The films cover themes such as using licenced taxis, safety when out socialising and planning ahead when traveling around urban areas.

Jonathan Nunns, Head of Media Studies at Collyers, said:  “When asked to step up, Collyer’s students always rise to the challenge. I have been delighted by the hard work, creativity and professionalism they have shown. I would like to say thanks to Horsham District Council for initiating this timely project and for their enthusiastic support throughout”.

Kate Rowbottom, Cabinet Member for Community and Wellbeing, said:  “The chances of becoming a victim of a violent crime in the Horsham district are thankfully very low. However, it is always wise to be aware of personal safety threats and this campaign is an ideal way to get the messages across about some of the simple things people can do to protect themselves. I’d like to personally like to thank all the students involved in the project for their hard work to promote such an important subject to their peers across the district.”

You can view the three videos on YouTube here:

Residents are urged to spread the word about personal safety by sharing the videos to their friends and family.

The council would like to credit the students involved in the project:

The Horror in the Dark of the Night

Brendan Emberson

Elena Angus

Joe Hunting

Jon Jennings

Racheal Conceicao

Olivia Allen

Don’t just be safe. Be super safe

Bethany Kent

Connor Drummond

Lara Antoine

Henry McLaughlin

Erica Nutbrown

Hayden Prenter

Patrick Dean
Molly Towers-Mode

#TaxiSafe

Amy Johanson

Clare Packham