LV Streetwise

Streetwise Safety Centre
Unit 1 Roundways,
Elliott Road,
Bournemouth BH11 8JJ
Tel: 01202 591330 Fax: 01202 381569
e-mail streetwise

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HRH The Princess Royal

HRH The Princess Royal visits LV Streetwise

THE Princess Royal began her outing to the county today with a visit to Dorset’s award winning LV Streetwise Safety Centre in Bournemouth. This was the centre’s first Royal visit. more...

HRH The Princess Royal - BBC News Item

Dinner Dance and Boogie fundraising event

with popular local band Haywire click here for details

Buy a brick in the
Streetwise 'Wonder-Wall'
Be a proud and visible supporter of the safety centre
and help to build a safer future for children in Dorset

Click here for details (pdf)

click here to download the LV Streetwise flyer

Fun Outdoors – Schools Safety Competition

Click here to enter

" Murder Mystery Evenings!"
Click here for further details

Click here to play 'the game where safety begins at home' which has been developed by Liverpool Victoria and Streetwise working in partnership with RoSPA.

RoSPA says that accidents are preventable and by playing this game you could learn how to keep safe and help prevent them
happening to you and your family.

Streetwise is an award winning interactive safety education centre. It is a multi-agency partnership initiative between the emergency services, local authorities and the business community. It is a life size village built inside a warehouse off Ringwood Road, West Howe, Bournemouth to raise awareness of everyday safety and good citizenship issues. Safety at home, in the town, in the countryside and even on the beach is covered on a Streetwise Safety Tour lasting up to two hours. The Streetwise village includes a full sized two-storey house, a high street, a park, a farmyard, a railway track, electricity sub station, a heath, a beach and a building site. All the scenarios have been built as in real life and using real bricks and mortar and other materials to be found in the real world.

Throughout our lives we all face risks on a daily basis. Luckily most of us will avoid major accidents or serious crime, but we are all quite likely to experience a domestic hazard in the home or minor crime on the streets. For many people avoiding the risk is a sub conscious act based on self preservation, using skills we have developed through education, and in some cases experience. However, in a changing world we still may not always be best equipped to identify potential problems or to take action should something go wrong.

Interactive safety education is an effective way of providing people with relevant skills, because it operates in a controlled environment where you can see, smell, feel or hear the hazards as they would be found in real life but without being at risk. Interactive learning also offers the opportunity to experience the dangers posed by certain everyday situations, or criminally minded people and be educated on risk reduction in a controlled environment.

Interactive education involves visiting a prepared scenario, identifying the dangers and learning what steps to take to avoid the risk. By making the scenarios as realistic as possible the messages have a relevant importance. This form of education is endorsed as best practice by Dorset Police, Dorset Fire & Rescue Service, Dorset Health Authority, Dorset County Council, Bournemouth Borough Council, The Borough of Poole and educational experts. It is the best way forward to help protect our communities from danger and to enable a safer quality of life.

Based on the outskirts of Bournemouth in a large converted warehouse, Streetwise is a microcosmic community, run as a registered charity, inspired and created by a group comprising the emergency services, local authorities and commercial enterprise. It is designed to bring everyday safety education to a wide audience.
Streetwise scenarios are life size, life like traditionally built scenes from everyday life. Scenarios include a high street with shops and offices, a park, beach, railway track, farmyard, heathland, building site, electricity substation, dark alley and even a complete two storey house.
All the scenarios provide a platform for interactive safety training for a wide range of people - children, the elderly, families and home owners.

The operating base has been secured by an investment funding the rent of the unit of nearly half a million pounds over ten years and this provides a solid foundation on which to build. The project has been supported to date by over 200 companies. Alison Curtis, Centre Manager says;
"We are keen for local companies to become involved and support the project. Support can be provided by donation of cash or equally by contributing goods, expertise through 'in kind' support, or offering volunteering opportunities for their staff.

The centre would have cost nearly half a million pounds to build were it not for many of the materials and services being donated by those involved. I would personally like to thank everyone who has played a part.

The list of supporters and volunteers is endless and their generosity of spirit is very much appreciated."
See supporters page of this website.

In addition to bookings for group visits, Streetwise Safety Tours are also available for individual bookings by people from all walks of life: families, children, teachers, Brown Owls etc. or senior citizens who are often frightened and confused by situations such as bogus callers on their doorstep, or parents simply wishing to update their own "streetwise skills" to help guide their children. Family visits are especially welcome. . Tour bookings can be arranged, in advance, by telephoning the centre during office hours.

A small conference facility is available for meetings, seminars and training courses. Standard conference equipment will be available at a nominal charge. An exhibition corridor can be used to promote or display a range of services and products all year round. Perhaps companies who need a stimulating custom built environment to train their staff may also be interested - in hiring the village with the conference room for team building events. Streetwise can also be used by businesses to highlight health and safety issues or by organisations to launch campaigns.

Whilst the underlying message at Streetwise is on a serious educational note, a visit to the centre for a guided tour is a must for quite simply - a day out with a difference for schools, youth groups and families! Joint tickets are available with other leading attractions. Streetwise is fun, educational and unmissable - but perhaps more importantly - Streetwise Saves Lives.

If it's your birthday soon, give the swimming and football parties a miss this year - have a Streetwise Birthday Party in conjunction with Liverpool Victoria! Combine a Safety Tour with a visit to your favourite eating place (watch this space for special deals). Or you could hire our Meeting Room for your own party nibbles and games (no mess at home, Mum!). Everyone gets a party bag crammed full of goodies and giveaways from Streetwise and Liverpool Victoria with the Birthday child getting an extra special bag - a great end to what one 9 year old party-goer recently said - " the best birthday party I have ever been to!".

Please contact the Centre (01202 591330), if you would like more information about Streetwise or would like to become involved on a voluntary basis as a tour guide, or help with administration or maintenance at the centre.

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