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Volunteer Information

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DO SOMETHING THAT'S WORTHWHILE AND MEANINGFUL

                   ...become a volunteer at the Safety Centre.

 

AS A VOLUNTEER WHAT WOULD I ACTUALLY DO?

A Volunteer Guide - has a small group of six children to take around the twelve scenarios in the Safety Centre. The Safety Centre is like a mini film set and each scenario has important messages that are explained by the guide, the tour takes two hours to complete and includes all aspects of keeping yourself and others safe at all times. (includes: fire, home, water, railway, road, building-site, internet, farm, garage safety, consequences of vandalism, personal safety and first aid
recovery position)
There are morning, afternoon and evening sessions. 
 
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Volunteer Telephone Guide - based in the office answering the 999 calls made by the children, giving answers from a script. Each session is for two hours and there are morning and afternoon sessions. 
 
Volunteer DIY person - the Safety Centre requires occasional painting and small carpentry work, suitable for someone with general DIY skills.
 
 
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       "I love being at the Safety Centre and I would miss it if I
        wasn't here"
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"Taking children around the scenarios at the Safety Centre
is both a pleasure and a privilege" 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
DO VOLUNTEERS GET ANY TRAINING?

Yes, we work on an individual basis and you will start by shadowing a guide for a few times, then you will work with a guide until you can do all twelve scenarios by yourself, then you will have a final assessment. Each guide will also be given an information booklet for reference.

 
HOW MUCH TIME WOULD I BE EXPECTED TO GIVE AS A VOLUNTEER?

Again we work on an individual basis, and we are flexible to the amount of time an individual can give. Once training has commenced we would need a fairly long term commitment, however, sessions per week can vary from as little as 1 to as many as 10,depending on the volunteers availability.

 
WHAT EXPERIENCE/QUALIFICATIONS DO I NEED?

You do not need any qualifications but it can be an advantage if you like working with children. The minimum age of a volunteer guide is 16 yrs old and our guides are a mixture of all ages. 

 

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WHAT WILL THE SAFETY CENTRE PROVIDE FOR ME AS A VOLUNTEER?

  • all of your training
  • a polo-shirt and sweatshirt for guides to wear
  • pay for your CRB check
  • staff and other volunteers will make you very welcome at the Centre
  • a room with tea and coffee facilities and an area to sit and chat
  • social activities during the year eg summer trip and Christmas party
  • the Safety Centre offers out of pocket expenses

 Summer Trip & Christmas

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WHAT WOULD I GET OUT OF VOLUNTEERING FOR THE SAFETY CENTRE?
  • the knowledge of knowing that you are teaching valuable life skills which can help to save lives
  • make new friends and widen your social circle
  • have a welcoming friendly environment to work in
  • working with enthusiastic children who enjoy the learning environment
  • a pleasant and enjoyable experience which is both interesting and rewarding
HOW CAN I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT BECOMING A VOLUNTEER?
  • Contact our Volunteer Co-ordinator - tel no: 01908 263 009 or email info@safety centre.co.uk
  • Arrange a visit to the Safety Centre. 

                                        

Volunteers receive an award from the High Sheriff of Bedfordshire, Jack Sapworth MBE. In recognition of Great and Valuable services to the Community. The award also recognises the contribution the Safety Centre makes in enhancing the life of the community.

 
The Safety Centre opened in 1994 as a partnership-based community safety project involving Thames Valley Police, Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service, health authorities, local government, other statutory organisations and the private sector. The centre is not centrally funded and as such relies heavily on donations and sponsorship.