By Eira Culverwell Aug 21st, 2015
Superhero academy launches to help keep kids safe
Parents from Cardiff are being encouraged to get their children involved in a ‘Superhero Academy’ in a bid to increase their confidence, social awareness, safety and fitness.
The academy, suitable for children between the ages of 6-11, will be a series of rolling six week workshops during term time. The workshops will be hosted by RESOLVE it, a community interest company that provides training in how to stay safe.
The first academy sessions will take place at Howells School in Llandaff on Tuesday 22nd September from 3:30pm to 4:30pm and 4:30-5:30pm. The second academy sessions will be held at Kingsmonkton School in Roath on Wednesday 23rd September from 3:45pm to 4:45pm, starting in 2016.
Eira Culverwell, managing director of RESOLVE it, said: “The academy is designed to teach young people how to be aware of their surroundings and equip them with techniques that will help them if they are in a situation where they feel vulnerable or threatened.
RESOLVE it’s Superhero Academy is designed to increase self esteem, personal safety, life and self defence skills.
“There is a widely held misconception that self-defence is all about being able to physically beat your opponent after they attack you first. The goal of personal safety is not to put yourself in a situation where you may have to fight to defend yourself, being physical is the last resort ever.”
Children will progress through the stages of the Superhero Academy with workbooks and interactive games to learn and harness the values of being respectful, loyal, sincere and empathetic, as well as learning to celebrate theirs and others’ uniqueness.
The Superhero Academy follows the success of RESOLVE it’s partnership with Howell’s School where it has delivered training sessions to pupils on healthy relationships, conflict resolution, anger awareness, substance misuse and bullying.
Sally Davis, Principal at Howell’s school, said: “Young people face many social challenges from cyber bullying to peer pressure so it’s essential that they are equipped with the knowledge to identify risks and techniques to handle any challenging situations. With great initiatives like the Superhero Academy, the team at RESOLVE it prove they really understand how to engage with students and discuss serious topics but in a fun and creative way.
“All of the students that they have worked with at Howell’s have really enjoyed the interactive sessions and we have noticed a significant improvement in their confidence and self-awareness. We’re looking forward to opening our doors for the Superhero Academy and hope lots of parents and children will take advantage of these sessions.”
Places for the Superhero Academy cost £39 for the six weeks and parents should register interest by emailing Academy@resolveitcic.co.uk.