Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service has recently decided against developing an education centre to serve the Swindon and north Wiltshire area, as – despite extensive exploration work with a number of partners – a viable site could not be secured.
SafeWise Chief Executive Rob Hattersley said:
“SafeWise remains committed to delivering high impact and cost effective interventions in safety, health, resilience and well-being to Dorset communities through our learning villages in Bournemouth and Weymouth. We plan to offer our programmes to Salisbury and south Wiltshire too, being within an hours travel of the Bournemouth centre.
“We will continue to explore opportunities for growth so that new audiences including not only primary children but teenagers, home-leavers and older people can benefit from our ‘discuss, decide and do’ delivery style in realistic scenarios.
“We will work closely with our valuable partners, especially Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue, Dorset Police, Dorset NHS, our local councils, and our private sector sponsors, to provide realistic and immersive learning experiences to equip visitors with the skills, knowledge and confidence to live active, fulfilling and safer lives in stronger communities.
“We are naturally disappointed that the proposed SafeWise skills for life centre will not be built for Swindon and north Wiltshire after all, but understand the reasons which have led to this decision by the Fire Service.”