During August SafeWise Weymouth were pleased to welcome students participating in the National Citizen Service (NCS). The scheme is part of a national Government funded program designed for 15 to 17 years-olds and provides a chance for students to take on new challenges, engage with their communities and develop key life skills that can be transferable and utilised after NCS.

The SafeWise Weymouth Centre Manager was approached by the Dorset NCS team to ask if they had any projects the team of 12 students could help with. The SafeWise team asked the students to put their creativity to use in one of the classrooms at the centre. They were asked to plan and create a fun learning
environment for the children visiting the centre which would include engaging safety messages.

The NCS Dorset team delivered a four-week programme including designing the room, fundraising for materials and then implementing their design.

Vikki Thomas, Centre Manager, SafeWise Weymouth says “When the students approached me to help it took no time to work out the best way we could put their creativity to good use. We discussed the requirements for the room and then the team went away and created some designs which cleverly incorporating the themes and characters used in our education programmes”

The team spent the first week raising awareness of the work SafeWise do in the local community and fundraising to fund their project. Their fundraising activities included selling cakes to local business’s on the Granby Estate and swapping cakes for resources such as paint and decorating equipment. The group also ran a jar tombola at Budmouth College fete to raise much needed project funds. Brewers, a local decorating supplier, generously supplied paint for the group to use. The second week was spent delivering the project and working hard to transform the educational space. The young people particularly liked the project because of the positive impact it would have on the many children who use the space.

Maddy Kent, Team Leader, National Citizen Service said “Working in partnership with SafeWise has been a fantastic project for our group of young people and has given them a real insight into the valuable work of SafeWise in keeping our community safe.  The project has given our young people the confidence to get involved in their local community and contribute their many skills. The group have worked incredibly hard to plan, organise and create an inviting space for the children coming into SafeWise and the outcome really does reflect their hard work. It is amazing to see what a group of young people can achieve in two weeks starting with very little.”