You will need
Before you begin
- Make sure you’ve risk assessed your meeting, and also have a COVID-19 safe risk assessment that’s been agreed by your line manager. You can check out more detailed guidance here.
- Choose which ‘activity pack’ works best for the group. We’ve called them ‘urban’ and ‘suburban’ – the main difference is that the ‘urban’ pack contains a sign bingo. Choose the one which suits your local area. Each group will need a copy.
- Read the ‘Leader guidance’ in the pack carefully. All the adults leading the activity should make sure they understand all of the safety information before they begin.
- Plan a walking route that passes plenty of the places in your chosen ‘activity pack’. Consider planning one for the whole group, or different routes for different teams. Each group will need a copy of the map with their route on.
- Don’t worry if you’re struggling to get hold of everything you need to follow the instructions exactly. If there is no access to cameras, people could draw the locations. If there is no way of printing the photos at the meeting place, make the maps at the next meeting. If there are no big sheets of paper, just stick a couple of sheets of A4 paper together.
Use the Safety checklist to help you plan and risk asses your activity. Additional coronavirus-related controls to think about may include:
- Make sure that everyone knows the plan for dropping young people off (and picking them up again).
- Give everyone their own pen or pencil or clean them between turns.
- Split everyone into groups of up to five people.
- Make sure everyone is ready to walk – have they got everything they need? Are they dressed appropriately for the weather and time of year?
- Talk through the ‘Leader guidance’ in the ‘activity pack’ with the group. Make sure everyone understands how to stay safe and remind everyone about road safety and appropriate behaviour to make sure the walk runs smoothly.
- Give each group a copy of the ‘activity pack’ and a map of their local area. Everyone should look through their pack so they know what they’re looking out for.
- Start the groups on their walk with a leader. Along the way, they should look out for the places of interest in their ‘activity pack’.
- Each time the group stops at a place of interest, they should take a photograph and note it down on their map. They should also think about whether it needs electricity. They should look out for overhead power lines and danger of death signs, and think about whether the place would be on the Priority Services register so they’d be a priority if there were a power cut.
- When back at the meeting place, print off the pictures from each groups cameras.
- Give each group a big piece of paper.
- Each group should draw a map of their local area in the middle of the piece of paper.
- Cut out the pictures they took on the walk and glue them near the location on their map – they may want to draw a line from the picture to its location on the map. They should use the map they took on their walk to help them remember where each picture was taken.
- Then mark the places that use electricity with a star. They should identify how the electricity gets to them. Did they see overhead power line, pylons, or substations? Did they see any danger of death signs? What did the signs mean and why are they needed?
- Finally everyone should circle any places that would be supported to sign up to the Priority Services Register (PSR).
This activity needed people to be team players. How did people work together on their walk? Did people make sure they walked at a pace that worked for everyone, or have different roles for different people? How did groups communicate?
This activity was also about developing skills. Why is it important to know what safety signs mean? Did people find it easy to find the safety signs? Knowing about the dangers of electricity can help people to stay safe.
- Hiking and walking
- Glue and solvents
Supervise young people appropriately when they’re using glue and solvent products. Make sure there’s plenty of ventilation. Be aware of any medical conditions which could be affected by glue or solvent use and make adjustments as needed.
Provide some light, so the environment isn’t completely dark. Everyone must be able to see others and move around the area safely.
- Phones and cameras
Make sure parents and carers are aware and have given consent for photography.
- Road safety
Manage groups carefully when near or on roads. Consider adult supervision and additional equipment (such as lights and high visibility clothing) in your risk assessment.
Supervise young people appropriately when they’re using scissors. Store all sharp objects securely, out of the reach of young people.