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 running tours to helping with day-to-day running of centres there’s lots of opportunities and reasons to get involved. Just a few hours a week can make a big difference.
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.
We’ve retired people, students, and everything in between as part of our friendly teams. Find out more…
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!
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.
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.
SafeWise volunteers undertake a range of roles including :
- Visitor Guide – lead visitors on our valuable skills for life programmes around the SafeWise centres – 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.
Sharron joined us in Autumn 2018 and has been a huge asset ever since. She is from Wales but has set her roots down firmly in Weymouth and we are very glad she did! Sharron has a fantastic way of engaging visitors and ensuring that they have a fun and memorable experience with us. Sharron too has seen some of the benefits of volunteering since she has been with us.
She says: ‘I have made so many friends at SafeWise since volunteering here and it is lovely to feel I can make a contribution to the community I live in.’
Sharron brings so much to SafeWise: a fantastic attitude, a big smile and extremely valuable skills which mean that our visitors are always happy at the end of their day with us.
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.
Janet is a hard working, reliable and award winning volunteer guide – and love cats! She has been supporting SafeWise Weymouth for over two years and has engaged with thousands of children who have come through our doors with their schools, at our JSI events and at our Open Days.
“It’s a joy to encounter the different age groups and to see how much they get out of these sessions, plus I really look forward to and enjoy meeting them.”
New scenarios were developed at the centre in 2019 and Janet adapted brilliantly to adding them to her repertoire and in doing so has developed her own knowledge. We are incredibly lucky to have Janet on our team, and would encourage you to join her if it sounds like fun!
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.”
Karen has been helping at SafeWise in Weymouth when it first opened as part of the new Fire Station complex.
“I first started when SafeWise opened when I retired after seeing an advert in the paper and thought I would go for it, so that’s around seven or eight years ago now.”
“The best bit is working with a nice bunch of people. I like the guys I volunteer with, and get to know the people who come in when I meet and greet on reception.”
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.”
Meet our Bournemouth 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.”
Meet our Weymouth Linda…
Linda has been a regular volunteer with working SafeWise at Weymouth since 2011.
“I first found about it from a friend who I was doing some other volunteering with at the time and decided to join here at SafeWise too. For me it’s about being friendly and having a laugh with the other people here.”
“I do various jobs, meeting people when they come in to make sure they know where they are going and tell them where everything is, but I also take calls, go on the computers and do things like help with room bookings.”
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.