Volunteer : change lives, make friends, feel good

SafeWise volunteers save lives by equipping visitors with the knowledge and skills to confidently manage risks and reduce dangers. They play a vital role in helping their communities stay safer and healthier. From welcoming visitors and supporting tours to helping with day-to-day running of the charity there are lots of opportunities and reasons to get involved. Just a few hours a week can make a big difference. We’ve retired people, students, and everything in between as part of our friendly teams.

Volunteering means making new friends, developing new skills and confidence and having fun, as well as changing the world! We provide travel costs, uniform and lunch if a whole day shift.

Volunteering is currently suspended due to Covid-19, but we currently plan to restart school visits with trials from January 2021 and main visits from 22nd February 2021. Volunteer training on new-style SafeWise Quest experiences for primary schools is likely to take place in late 2020. If you are interested, please let us know and we will get back to you. Existing volunteers don’t worry – we will be in touch soon!


Save and change lives, support your local community, make a real difference, make new friends, develop new skills and confidence, and have a lot of fun as part of an award-winning team!


SafeWise volunteers undertake a range of roles including: Visitor Guide, meet and greet and general support. If you have other skills or interests you feel we could use, then we would love to hear from you.


See below for what some of our volunteers have to say about SafeWise. They love it and we think you will too…


Please complete the form below to apply. We’ll arrange an informal chat with you and we think this is right for us and you, we will need to to an enhanced DBS check. Assuming that’s all fine, it’s on with your training!

Why Volunteer?

Help save and change lives

SafeWise equips visitors with essential skills for life to recognise and confidently manage risks and potential dangers in order to stay safe and well.

Make a real difference in your community

Help people stay safer, healthier and gain confidence to live active, fulfilling and safer lives in stronger communities.

Make new friends

We’re a great team – have fun, meet new people and and make friends.

Develop yourself

Share your skills and experience or develop them and build your career skills and knowledge.

Be part of an amazing team

You’ll be well looked after. We will provide you with everything that you need, from a uniform to training and everything in-between. We ensure volunteering is an enjoyable and rewarding experience for everyone.

Volunteer Roles

SafeWise volunteers undertake a range of roles including :

  • Visitor Guide – lead visitors on our valuable skills for life programmes at SafeWise Bournemouth – including schools, groups and other tours.
  • General Assistant – you’ll be the first point of contact for our visitors – welcoming people on reception, processing telephone enquiries, as well as helping with the day-to-day running of the centre, setting-up rooms and making sure everything runs smoothly.
  • Marketing – help with phone calls, mail shots and so on to encourage more visitors.

If you have other skills or interests that aren’t mentioned above that you feel we could use, then we would love to hear from you, so please do get in touch.

What They Say…

Here’s what some of our volunteers have to say about SafeWise.

Meet Melissa…

Melissa joined the volunteering team when SafeWise was starting out. “I brought my children to a SafeWise open day when my other half was a watch manager for the fire service and thought wow, what a place! I knew I wanted to get involved and it suits me down to ground as I enjoy working with people and it comes naturally to me as a people person.”

“I was pregnant whilst volunteering at one stage and have learnt over the years as my children have grown. I work with, and get on well with all age groups and types, especially now leading tours for special educational needs groups. You have to really like working with people, be flexible and help other volunteers out, and I’ve built up friendships over the years.”

Meet Kane…

Kane first came on work experience and now aims to join the fire service.

“I welcome visitors, sort out the car parking, lead tours and generally help out around the centre. I enjoy it all, everything.”

“I first came for work experience and have learnt from the other volunteers. I am hoping to go into the fire service and have passed my fitness and first aid already.”

Kane has been absolutely brilliant and the team have really enjoyed seeing him grow in confidence, customer service and communication skills since he first arrived. We’re always pleased to see him.

Meet Hilary…

SafeWise is the perfect home for ex-teacher Hilary, who also worked in child accident prevention for the NHS. “From my past roles I know the devastating cost of accidents – from the human tragedy for the individual, family and community but also the financial cost to the NHS and emergency services. “So when I retired I knew I would come to volunteer and make a difference.”

“I’ve been volunteering since 2013, helping out with the day-to-day running of the centre and admin support to doing tours now too. The volunteers we have here are amazing. Some come the same day every week, some book their days months in advance or choose their slots at late notice. Someone always jumps in to cover at the last minute if help or cover is needed or we if need change shifts to help each other out. SafeWise is a valuable place, it’s so rewarding and I am so proud of what we have here, I really am.”

Lyn talks about volunteering

It’s a New Year and the perfect time to help others, feel good and make new friends.  I thought this last year and I could honestly say that I enjoy every moment at Safewise.  We are a great team, friendly and supportive.  Safewise is a great centre, you can’t fail to be impressed with the road, home, bus, rail and beach setups, to name but a few.  Spending time with the children, helping them to understand how to be safe in these environments and more is so rewarding, and some of the questions we receive from them are priceless!  It wonderful to see the children have fun in a learning environment, and the days always end on a satisfying high. I would urge anyone who has some time to spare to come along and see for yourself.

Meet Linda…

Linda has been volunteering since March 2017 and enjoys working with younger visitors to SafeWise Bournemouth.

“As a teacher I taught for many years and brought school groups on trips to SafeWise in Bournemouth. When I retired I already knew I wanted to stay involved with helping children stay safe. It just seems a really important thing to do.”

“I would recommend volunteering at SafeWise – and regularly do so to my friends and people I meet.”

I like the idea! What’s next?

Please complete the form below to express an interest in volunteering.

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