Volunteer rewarded for helping children stay safe across North Somerset

PUBLISHED: 18:00 31 December 2018

Jane Wilson presented with her award by Andy Townsend. Picture: Sally Wellman

Jane Wilson presented with her award by Andy Townsend. Picture: Sally Wellman

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A Tickenham volunteer has won an award for teaching more than 2,000 children to stay safe.

Lifeskills Safety Education Centre guide Jane Wilson was handed a Bristol blue glass vase for completing more than 500 sessions at the centre, in Bristol.

Jane has been a volunteer at Lifeskills for 10 years and has taught school children aged 10-11 how to stay safe in their communities and live healthy lives.

Based in The Create Centre, Lifeskills is an interactive film set with 19 different scenarios, which include practising emergency 999 calls, discovering and reacting to a house fire, carrying out first aid and experiencing the consequences of trespassing on a railway line, all made realistic with the use of light, sound and wind effects.

Centre manager Andy Townsend said: “We could not operate the centre without our dedicated team of volunteers, and Jane is a shining example of this.

“We know what we here do makes a difference and saves lives – one child helped his family escape a house fire, another prevented a gas explosion, and a boy knew how to make a 999 call to help his mother – all skills learnt at Lifeskills.

“Lifeskills urgently needs more volunteers, more than 12,000 children a year visit the centre – but with more volunteers even more children in the area could benefit from a visit.

“Every day in the South West, more than 80 children attend a hospital A&E department, many of which could be prevented.”

For more information on volunteering, call 01179 224511 or email johanna@lifeskills-bristol.org.uk.

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