Please see the video below of a 3D walkthrough of the proposed centre layout.
Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service has an impressive track record in preventing people of all ages from coming to harm in the home, on the road and in the community. Our new Safety Centre in Wiltshire will take this to a whole new level.
For the first time, Wiltshire has an opportunity to have a purpose built facility dedicated to public safety. Visitors of all ages will learn about staying safe and healthy at home, on the roads and at play.
The unique life-sized scenarios will help people to spot the potential for danger, learn about risk and consequence, and how to take responsibility for their actions – all in a safe and controlled environment.
The centre will be located in the north of Wiltshire at Wroughton Airfield; at this site, we will be able to offer an indoor village with an outside road network to develop a road safety training area.
Tailor made programmes
The Safety Centre will deliver learning aimed at people most at risk of accidents, injuries and harm, and will draw on the expertise of partner agencies committed to keeping our communities safe.
Programmes will be developed in detail over the next two years, but examples include sessions for:
- New parents, guardians and carers – equipping them with the knowledge and skills to keep young children safe from the most common causes of accidents;
- Key Stage 2 (seven to 11 years) – encouraging the right choices at home, on the road and while playing, and developing an understanding of the consequences of their decisions on themselves and others;
- Key Stage 3 & 4 and post-16 students – how to stay safe and take responsibility as they become increasingly independent at home and in their communities, including road safety awareness, hands-on driving skills and education;
- Independent Living – helping those with particular needs when choosing to live independently; and
- Carers and Professionals – of older and more vulnerable friends, relatives and clients, to help them keep those they look after safe and independent.
We are proud to become part of the UK’s Safety Centre movement working with the Safety Centre Alliance.
An interactive learning environment
The new Safety Centre will be designed as a realistic, life-sized indoor village to provide visitors with realistic scenarios where they can learn about various aspects of safety in an exciting and stimulating environment.
This will equip them with memorable life skills that will benefit both them and their families.
- FireWise – a life-sized two storey family home with garden, set to showcase some of the most common causes of accidents and fires, with the addition of technologies and equipment to help prevent injury and promote independence.
- HealthWise – an Accident & Emergency room used to teach first aid, CPR and defibrillator basic training, a shop to identify healthy eating options and to learn the safety aspects of money handling, and an e-safety zone, providing support for cyber safety initiatives across the partnership network.
- RoadWise – a road safety centre to help deliver the sustainable changes in behaviour needed to make our roads safer, complete with road, bridge, pelican crossing, cycle path and railway station.
- CrimeWise – a series of interactive scenarios encouraging groups to consider the consequences of their decisions, including a police custody suite, courtroom, dark alley and cell.
- Community and Partnership entrance – a bright and spacious welcome area that will also serve as a flexible partner meeting and information area.
- Café – a community café hosted by a local enterprise group that supports work placement opportunities for young adults.
- Meeting rooms available for hire – a selection of flexible meeting rooms for hire by partners and community groups.
- Dance studio – a bespoke room with a sprung dance floor for exercise and health classes, to assist in health & wellbeing sessions to support all age groups.
Get in touch
If you would like to know more about our Safety Centre, or have any specific questions, comments or suggestions, please contact Safety Centre Project Manager Kathy Collis on 07739 899289 or email [email protected]
You can also follow us on Twitter – www.twitter.com/SCWroughton or @SCWroughton
Opportunities exist to get involved as a commissioner, sponsor, trustee or delivery partner – if you or your organisation is interested, we would love to hear from you.