The Mayor & Mayoress of Weymouth and Portland Borough Council, Cllr Kevin and Mrs Anne Brookes, presented a cheque to the SafeWise charity this week from the Mayor’s Christmas Fund.

The Mayor said: ‘We continue to be impressed by the work of SafeWise in making our community safer. We were pleased to hear of plans to develop new safety scenarios at the centre and I am delighted to be able to support this.’

The Mayor’s Christmas Fund is facilitated by Weymouth Lions Club, represented by Norman Stagles, who also attended the presentation.

Thanking the Mayor for his donation, new charity CEO Rob Hattersley added: ‘We are very grateful for the support of the mayor, the council and the local community. The money will go towards plans to expand our provision, attract more visitors, and provide new volunteer opportunities during 2018.’

Safewise delivers Skills for Life education to all ages, but especially young people, at centres in Weymouth and Bournemouth, with a third centre opening in Swindon in 2019. At Weymouth, the charity plans to extend provision to include rail, water, home and personal safety, as well as fire and road safety. To facilitate an increase in numbers, volunteers will be invited to apply to become trained Visitor Guides, and support from local businesses sought to support the growth of the centre. The centre continues to be well used by the local community for a wide variety of meetings and classes, alongside the community cafe.

Photo: From left are SafeWise Education Officers Sarah Easby and Gareth Baker, Mayor Kevin Brookes, new SafeWise Centre Manager Ben Heath, Mayoress Anne Brookes, and SafeWise CEO Rob Hattersley