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Students get creative to
promote a safer Watford

Students from West Herts College have been getting creative as part of a design project aimed at keeping Watford a safe place for those enjoying the town’s nightlife.
 
For the fifth year running, the students at the college have taken part in a project to design posters and radio ads aimed at young people and encouraging them to be responsible while out and about in Watford’s bars and clubs.
 
The project is run in partnership between the police and the college and this year REL Leisure, owners of the nightclub Hydeout, has sponsored the event. On Friday (April 29) the venue in The Parade hosted an exhibition of the arts and graphics students’ work. The students responsible for the work were also present on the night to receive awards/certificates in front of friends and family in recognition of their work.
 
This year the top prize is an amazing free weekend break to anywhere in Europe – however the caveat is that the winner will have to create a video diary while they are out there that could also be used to promote responsible behaviour among young people. This year the winners were Sychelle Yanda and Cristina Thompson who teamed up to create an innovative radio ad.
 
As well as counting towards their BTEC Diploma Level 3 in Art & Design, some of the designs will also be selected to be used in the town’s drinking establishments promoting personal safety and responsible behaviour.
 
The project was developed by Sgt Simon Mason and PC Daniel John from the Watford Central Safer Neighbourhood Team.
 
Chief Inspector Deirdre Dent, who attended the event, said afterwards: “The artwork created for this project was designed by young people, for young people. The beauty of it is that these students are in a unique position to both understand the safety messages that will most strongly resonate with their contemporaries, and then put those ideas into practice.
 
“I was delighted to see the great results of the students’ hard work at the exhibition. The work shows that the students both understood the brief and yet also been really creative with their ideas. I congratulate them all.”