Gas Safety Trust funds regional safety initiative

Funding provided by the UK’s leading fuel safety charity, The Gas Safety Trust has helped a group of school children from the Midlands to produce a short gas safety film aimed at educating vulnerable families in the local community about the dangers of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning in the home.The new film, Monoxide Mole investigates, was created by Park Hill Primary School in Moseley and a professional arts team, using a multi media approach and strong visuals combining drama, film, animation and digital graphics to appeal to people from a wide range of backgrounds and abilities and for those whose first language is not English.The DVD production was launched at Park Hill Primary School earlier this month and copies of the film will be distributed to vulnerable homes by the school. The film is also available to view on You Tube using the following link: production forms part of a wider 12-month Be Gas Safe programme funded by The Gas Safety Trust being run by Moseley Community Development Trust to raise awareness and educate local residents about the dangers of CO and introduce gas safety practices in their homes.Moseley Community Development Trust serves a neighbourhood of 23,000 residents and its activities include working with a range of community organisations, faith groups, schools and residents associations to raise awareness about gas safety, energy conservation, and promote the use the CO detectors in the home.Chief Executive of Moseley Community Development Trust, Tony Thapar said: ‘Thanks to the Gas Safety Trust funding, the Be Gas Safe progamme has enabled local children to play a key role in championing gas safety and becoming active citizens in their community. By promoting practical learning and self sufficiency within the family, relatives share knowledge and support for each other around safety in the home.’‘As a result, the children have learned new skills in multi-media film making, developed confidence in taking a leadership role and are valued for their contribution to their local community and families. The project has also strengthened the school’s profile within the community and beyond,’ added Tony Thapar.Gas Safety Trust Board Chair, Chris Bielby said: ‘regional support of this kind helps us gain valuable knowledge of the needs of different communities and how best to address issues relating to fuel safety in homes occupied by vulnerable and disadvantaged people’.