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Grass greener at Safeside

We're pleased to announce our latest scenario update: a garden area. Parents often assume that under fives are safe in the garden and lessen their supervision, but in fact every year accidents occur from dangers including water, electricity, chemicals and sharp objects.
The scenario will therefore provide a discussion point on our Safestart programme around padding pools and ponds, garden chemicals and machinery. The aim is not to scare but make aware. We want children to play outside more not less but be safe when doing so.
We are grateful to Wilkos and Easy Shed for their support in providing materials and support for this scheme.

Inspire our team


Safeside Education Development Officer - 1 year contract

We are looking for an enthusiastic, innovative and adaptable person to further develop our education programmes. You will inspire our team and, working with them, further develop and improve visitor learning at our two safety centres in Birmingham but serving the whole West Midlands.

We deliver interactive and experiential safety and citizenship education to 15,000 visitors a year in our full size realistic street scene at Eastside (next to Fire Service HQ) and at our fire safety centre attached to Handsworth Fire Station. The largest group of visitors are from primary schools but we also run programmes for parents, carers, secondary schools, young people and for those with special needs of all ages.

With Qualified Teacher Status and a background in schools or youth work, you will review, improve and develop existing programme content, liaising with external partners and experts to ensure that it remains up to date, accurate and relevant. Your background in education will enable you to ensure we use the most effective teaching techniques. You’ll be skilled at assessing visitor learning and customer feedback, and use this to inform further improvement.

A key part of the role will be to enthuse, monitor, mentor and train our team of 25 sessional Presenters and 80 volunteer primary school visitor guides. These are the most important people at Safeside as they deliver learning to our visitors. You will also be required to manage and support visits at both centres as part of the wider team.

For a full job description and application forms see our jobs page. This website also includes full details of our educational approach. Information about all our programmes can be found under the Eastside and Handsworth sections.

For an informal chat about the role please contact Rob Hattersley, Safeside Manager, on 0121-380-6432 or email

Closing date: 18th August 2014. Interviews 2nd September.


Safer Cycling Streets


A survey of more than 1,000 young people published by Brake and insurer RSA Group has revealed teen angst about taking to two wheels

After millions of fans descended on Yorkshire to watch the world's cycling stars, Brake and RSA warned that action is needed from national and local government across the UK to make cycling safer, to enable the next generation to take it up and enjoy the benefits without fearing for their safety.

The Brake and RSA survey, carried out as part of a UK-wide project for safer streets for teens, finds:

  • Only one in 11 (9%) teens cycle weekly or more, while one in four (23%) never cycle
  • Four in 10 (42%) would like to be able to start cycling or cycle more
  • Of those, 39% say lack of safe routes is a factor preventing them
  • 46% say their parents would worry about them cycling
  • 32% say they would feel nervous cycling on local roads

Brake say that introducing 20mph limits in towns and cities alongside more traffic free cycling and walking routes and improvements to road design would help deliver a legacy of healthy, active, green communities where everyone can cycle and walk without being endangered. They are also calling on drivers everywhere to help make roads safer for cycling, by slowing down to 20 in built up areas, taking bends and junctions cautiously, giving space to cyclists and looking out for people on bike and foot.

Safeside Manager Rob Hattersley said: "Brake are absolutely right. At Safeside, we teach children about the benefits of cycling and about how to stay safe, but then when children do venture out the world adults have designed in urban areas, is often extremely dangerous for them. It doesn't have to be like this."

Birmingham City Council is currently consulting on plans for more 20mph limits in the Birmingham East area until 8th August. You can see and comment on the plans here.

Full details of the survey from Brake can be viewed here.


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