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Safe Journey!

Thousands of West Midlands school children are set to benefit from a brand new travel information centre designed and built just for them!
The facility opened today at West Midlands Fire Service’s flagship Safeside safety venue. It has been funded by Centro and is part of a continuing partnership between the West Midlands Safer Travel Partnership Anti Social Behaviour Team, Centro’s Education Team and Safeside.

Young visitors to the centre on Vauxhall Road in Nechells, Birmingham will learn important skills in journey planning, with an emphasis on them developing greater independence as they move towards secondary school.

'By encouraging walking, cycling, public transport and car sharing, not only can children become more autonomous, they can also make their journeys greener,” explained Rob Hattersley, Safeside manager.
“The scenario will eventually make use of electronic tablets on which pupils will plan a journey from Safeside to other Birmingham attractions, using various online tools, maps and apps. They’ll compare the different travel options by time, distance, price and CO2 emissions. But, because it takes place in a realistic travel centre with maps and leaflets - just like the one at New Street – children will also learn the value of paper-based materials.”
Laura Graham of Safer Travel added “This resource is a great addition to an already fantastic centre. Children can learn exactly what they need to know about using public transport, and the more confident children feel in preparing to travel and the safer they feel when using the bus the more they will be encouraged about using it.”
Linked to the new travel scenario is a new interactive workshop, based on a National Express double decker bus which is parked on Safeside’s indoor street. The session will focus on the benefits of using public transport and the skills and awareness children need to do so safely.
Pupils will see themselves on CCTV, deal with a suspicious character, and watch and discuss a video about the consequences of travel crime and what to do about it. They will be presented with several real-life travel dilemmas, including what to do if they forget their fare or miss their stop.
Safeside is currently taking 2014-15 bookings for primary schools. Book online at

The Safer Travel Partnership is comprised of Centro, the region's public transport co-ordinator, West Midlands Police, British Transport Police and transport operators.


Book MoneyLIVE now!


MoneyLIVE, Safeside's innovative financial literacy programme, takes place in our realistic street scenarios just like all our other programmes. Delivered in partnership with Nationwide Building Society, whose staff deliver scenarios as part of their volunteering, the scheme covers credit and debit, budgeting, personal safety and security, online safety, financial products, payday loans, consequences of debt and much more.

Safeside Manager Rob Hattersley said: "Feedback we get from both teachers and Year 8 students is that teaching maths and citizenship in a real house, shop, building society branch, court room, bus and street reaches the parts that classroom maths lessons can't reach. We aren't aware of any other similar programme in the UK and are delighted that due to such dedicated support from Nationwide volunteers, we can now offer this exciting course at a new price of £2.50 per pupil, reduced from our usual £6.00."

"MoneyLIVE is only available once a month," Rob added, "so get booked in soon. We are now taking booking for the whole academic year."

Full MoneyLIVE details are available here.


Santa's Safety Grotto

Safeside at Handsworth (Handsworth Fire Station) would like to invite you to visit Santa’s Safety Grotto.
Santa will be arriving on Monday 1st December and will be with us until Friday 5th December. Wednesday 3rd December will be dedicated to SEN visits only.
The grotto will be open from 10.00 to 12.00 and 1.00 – 2.30.
We will be holding 30 minute tours between these times, if you would like to attend please contact our Elf & Safety Co-ordinator Shirley on the number below to arrange your visit.
Santa is on a tight schedule and you must arrive on time. Unfortunately, if you are late, he may be busy with other visitors and so his elves will have to re-arrange your visit for another day.
He can accommodate groups of 15-25 children with an age range between 3 & 6 years, would prefer that the younger children attend for the morning visits. (Please try to keep the groups to similar ages, i.e. all 3 year olds/ all 6 year olds.)
Parents/Carers are welcome to attend with their children and will have an opportunity to take pictures during the visit.
Please book by Friday 21st November 2014.
All bookings are to be made via the details below.
Shirley Brampton
Elf and Safety Co-ordinator
Safeside at Handsworth
Handsworth Community Fire Station
Rookery Road
B21 9QU
Tel: 0121 380 7566


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