Swansea's Tag-a-Tot scheme hailed a summer success
A SIMPLE scheme to help keeps kids safe at the beach has been hailed a success after more than 800 youngsters got involved.
Staff from the Safer Swansea Partnership have been hitting the beaches, car parks and campsites of Gower this month handing our wristbands to children and parents.
The bands have space for a contact phone number to be written on, meaning that if the youngster wanders away and gets lost, people will be able to get in touch with the family and quickly reunite them.
And so far more than 800 of the Tag-a-Tot wristbands have been given to kids enjoying the summer sun.
Port Eynon and Llangennith were the latest stops on the tots tour — where the community vehicle was joined by Gower PCSO Andy Brown — with more visits to the coast planned this week.
Fiona Hughes from Safer Swansea said she was pleased with the positive reaction the initiative was receiving.
She said: "It was a gorgeous day at Llangennith with many families visiting the beach.
"There was plenty of opportunity to tell members of the public about the Tag-a-Tot scheme and feedback relating to the wristbands was excellent.
"We're really pleased with how the scheme is going so far, the response has been fantastic from parents and grandparents.
"It is a really simple idea but it has potentially helped keep hundreds of children safe during the summer holidays."
One of those parents backing the scheme is Stephen Rees from Gowerton, who was a enjoying a family day out at Llangennith.
He said: "This is a fantastic initiative.
"As a parent, it's always a worry that your child may wander off. Tag-a-Tot will give me some peace of mind that if my girls do get lost or disorientated, I can be contacted immediately and reunited with them."
Staff from Safer Swansea were due at Blackpill Lido and Mumbles seafront today to hand out more of the wristbands, and will be visiting Langland and Caswell bays tomorrow, before returning to Port Eynon and Llangennith on Saturday.
Ms Hughes said the scheme had proved such a hit it would be running again next year, starting with the Easter and Whitsun holidays.