Our story 1998 – 2018

Our Story

2018 and beyond…  

Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2018, SafeWise has delivered key Skills for Life and safety education to an estimated 250,000 children.

As an established regional charity, SafeWise is also well-positioned to drive the Skills for Life agenda in the future using strong links built over many years with valued partners.

As well as delivering targeted programmes to more audiences, SafeWise is currently planning new developments to its outdoor learning village at Weymouth. This will introduce many more interactive scenarios including train, railway station, fully-functioning house, shops, coast/ beach and much more.

2017 – New Skills for Life agenda

SafeWise adopts a new operating model for the future. This will see the charity up-date and widens its remit to deliver a more inclusive Skills for Life education package – building on its excellent track record of delivering safety and accident prevention.

 This sees the charity moving towards providing realistic and immersive learning experiences to equip visitors with the skills,knowledge and confidence to live active, fulfilling and safer lives in stronger communities.

The Skills for Life agenda sees SafeWise respond to and meet current needs of key groups in the 21st century. That includes working with the over 55s and young adults leaving home for the first time plus other groups, as well as tackling wider issues such as health and well being, mental health, healthy eating, finance, online safety and much more.

March 2016 – New road safety village opens at SafeWise Weymouth

The UK’s first outdoor road safety village is officially opened by HRH The Princess Royal.  

The innovative village features a full size road layout and street scene complete with pedestrian crossings and traffic lights plus dedicated classroom facilities for schools and groups to use.

April 2014 –  A new SafeWise charity is born

StreetWise in Bournemouth joins forces with SafeWise Weymouth to form a ground-breaking new charity delivering safety and accident prevention education across the region. HRH The Earl and Countess of Wessex visit SafeWise Weymouth to help launch the innovative new charity.

July 2011 – Weymouth Community Fire Station opens

In July 2011 Weymouth’s new state of the art Community Fire Station is opened on Radipole Lane by local double Olympic Gold winning sailor Sarah Ayton.

At the heart of the station was FireWise – innovative and interactive fire scenarios run in partnership with the fire service. It featured three rooms; ‘before’, ‘during’ and ‘after’ a fire to educate visitors about the devastating effects of fire, how to prevent it and what to do in an emergency.

The facility also features an impressive community centre complete with conference and meeting rooms, dance studio and other multi-functional spaces for local people and organisations to use and hire. A community cafe run by adults with special educational needs and learning difficulties follows as the centre soon secures its place in the heart of the community.

November 2008 – 10th Anniversary visit by the HRH The Princess Royal

HRH The Princess Royal visits StreetWise Bournemouth to mark 10 years of the centre delivering safety education.

November 1998 – StreetWise opened in Bournemouth

Kate Hoey MP, Minister for Sport, and actor Nick Berry (from TV dramas Eastenders and Heartbeat) open StreetWise in Elliott Road, Bournemouth on 12th November.

Based inside a huge industrial unit, the ground-breaking safety village featured a range of scenarios with a key focus on fire and road safety plus accident prevention, attracting school groups.

Volunteers soon became the heart of StreetWise, helping to deliver critical safety advice to thousands of school children. The centre developed its accident prevention work, delivering interactive experiences via a fully working two storey house, train and railway station, street with working pedestrian crossing, beach scene and more.

StreetWise builds strong relationships with like minded organisations and partners including police and fire services as well as local councils and the business community – welcoming thousands of children annually.

Interesting facts

The train at SafeWise Bournemouth was originally built as a prototype for Richard Branson when he was planning Virgin Trains.

The helicopter in the Aviation Room at SafeWise Bournemouth is actually the product of two helicopters from South Africa.

The Viridor Bay at SafeWise Weymouth was so named after the fire service put a fire out at the Viridor waste company depot and they became sponsors.

SafeWise story 1998-2018