Following a strategic review, Dorset and Wiltshire based safety charity SafeWise is advertising four new roles to start in 2018.

SafeWise run safety centres in Weymouth and Bournemouth, with a third opening in Swindon and Wiltshire in 2019. These centres deliver interactive ‘skills for life’ education in full size realistic settings including streets, working pedestrian crossings and home scenarios.

New Chief Executive Rob Hattersley said: ‘After nearly 20 years of successful safety education in Dorset, we are looking to the future. As well as a third centre in Swindon and Wiltshire, we are re-focusing on our core delivery of ‘skills for life’ education in our full size safety villages. We’ll be developing new bespoke programmes for primary and secondary students, young people away from home for the first time, newcomers to the UK, older people, learners with special needs, and parents and carers of the under fives.’

There are also plans to open the centres to tourists and local families during school holidays. A small charge will help to keep the charity on a sustainable business footing.

Rob added that although safety education – especially fire, road and water safety – would remain a core feature of all programmes, the nature of the realistic scenarios at SafeWise made them ideal for delivering other learning with with key partners in emergency services, the NHS and local authorities, and the private sector. Topics could including financial education, healthy eating and wellbeing, mental health, energy efficiency, travel skills, what to do in an emergency and home security.

‘To develop these programmes and to deliver them to many more visitors, we need to step up a gear. So we are recruiting a Marketing Manager to promote our new programmes to key audiences such as schools. A Volunteers Manager will aim to more than double the number of well-trained volunteers to deliver tours to visitors on the new programmes, whilst a Business Manager will support an overhaul of our administration processes and support the team. Finally, we are looking for a Coordinator at our Weymouth Centre to manage bookings, visitors and volunteers.’

For further information on all these posts, please visit www.safewise.org/vacancies

Successful candidates will join Elise St Hill and Ben Heath, new managers at SafeWise Bournemouth and SafeWise Weymouth, who start on January 3rd.