SSEN engages hundreds of Thames Valley’s bright sparks with interactive safety talks

Man presenting a talk to primary school pupils

Images above and below show SSEN's Customer Relationship Manager, Bryan Puszkar and Customer and Community Advisor Charlee Mills engaging Thames Valley pupils in Power Pack Pals sessions.

Hundreds of primary schools pupils from across the Thames Valley are being empowered through specially developed safety talks carried out by Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN).

The network operator has used its
Power Pack Pals interactive learning programme to help over 1,500 Thames Valley pupils better understand the electricity infrastructure, its power and the potential perils associated with playing near cables and substations. 

Aimed at a younger audience, the SSEN educational resource is part of its commitment to empowering local communities and, in the last few months, a series of Power Pack Pals talks have been held at over 30 classes across local primary schools in areas from West Berkshire to West London, Henley to Hayes.

The interactive sessions centre around four friends – known as the Power Pack Pals – who aim to spark the imagination of children and help them to appreciate why electricity, the ‘Magic Power’, is very important in the world of the network operator, but can also be dangerous, and should be treated with extra special care. 

SSEN’s Customer Relationship Manager for Thames Valley, Bryan Puszkar has been instrumental in organising and carrying out the sessions.

He said: “Our Power Pack Pals talks have been welcomed by local primary schools, keen to help their pupils gain a greater understanding of the network that brings heat, power and light to their homes and schools.

“By engaging in these sessions during the winter months, pupils are aware of the darker nights and mornings brightened by the electricity SSEN’s infrastructure brings and they have the knowledge, as they go into the summer months, on how to stay safe around the network by avoiding playing near power lines and substations.

“I’d encourage any local primary schools to get in touch with us, so we can help their pupils gain an understanding of our network and the steps they can take to stay safe around it.”

In the last five years, SSEN has recorded over 1,140 near-miss incidents across its north and south networks involving third parties. Along with the ‘Look Out, Look Up’ campaign and sharing safety advice for customers planning to work near the overhead or underground network, SSEN has developed the Power Pack Pals programme to engage its younger audience. 

Further information on Power Pack Pals and details on how your primary school can register for a free presentation and safety talk can be found here -

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