A successful weekly programme offering advice on health, wellbeing and staying safe, for parents and children to watch at home during lockdown, has now been extended so schools can continue the Safe+Sound programme virtually.
Safe+Sound is a project set up by Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service with the aim of supporting communities to make informed and positive lifestyle choices, improving their health, safety and wellbeing.
Following the success of the online delivery programme to help families and children while being educated at home, the sessions will continue on the LearnLive platform to produce virtual lessons that can be watched to form part of school teaching.
Virtual Safe+Sound can be accessed on Learn Live every Wednesday at 10am: https://learnliveuk.com/safesound/. All programmes can also be watched on demand, by following the same link and scrolling down the page.
Topics will include:
- Vulnerability –ASB, cyber-crime, online safety and any other relevant issues.
- What to do in an emergency – including CPR and making a call for help.
- Staying safe – including water safety, road safety and personal safety.
- Fire safety – in the home, nuisance fires and ‘don’t be blamed for the flames’ campaign
- Wellbeing – Dementia Friends, mental health awareness and emotional wellbeing.
For more information visit: www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk/your-safety/safe-and-sound/
Helen Wood, Education Manager for Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, (SFRS), said:
“The Safe+Sound programme is a fantastic way to deliver our educational messages and enhance learning. SFRS is committed to incident prevention and this allows us to lead the way in educating young people on fire and road safety.
“SFRS have funded a weekly programme to run during term-time for the whole academic year for 2020/2021.
“It’s been running for three weeks now, and we have had more than 3,800 devices watching during these weeks. Each number is a device, and whereas during lockdown each device was likely one family, now each device could be a classroom of 25 children, so we’re really pleased with the results so far.
“The Safe+Sound project also enables us to work with partners, utilising this fantastic technology in a combined effort to make Staffordshire the safest place to be.”
Partners involved include Gist, DHL Network Rail, Tamworth Borough Council, Staffordshire Safer Roads Partnership, HMB Training and Staffordshire Wildlife Trust.
The project runs a variety of interactive and practical workshops for children, young people and over 60s, delivered by multiple partners and agencies at fire stations, but this year, due to the current Covid-19 restrictions, the workshops will run weekly with content and activities that can be accessed online.
Andrew Smith, Tamworth Borough Council’s Partnerships Officer, will continue to share important safety advice and raising awareness of potential dangers, every Wednesday via a virtual session.
The online safety topics scheduled by Tamworth Borough Council, (but may be subject to change) are:
Wednesday, October 14 – Safer Strangers
Wednesday, October 21 – Halloween safety
Wednesday, November 4 – Firework Safety
Wednesday, November 11 – Bullying (to coincide with Anti-Bullying week)
Wednesday, November 18 – Streetwise (to coincide with road safety week)
Wednesday, November 25 – Streetwise part 2 (keeping safe during the winter)
Wednesday, December 2 – Play Area Safety
Wednesday, December 9 – Tamworth Quiz
Wednesday, December 16 – Festive special
Andrew said: “I have really enjoyed taking part in and watching the Safe+Sound sessions every Wednesday morning.
“The topics are very wide ranging and there is something for everyone. A big part of my job role is usually spent in schools delivering important safety messages and Safe+Sound has enabled me to still do this every week while the Covid-19 restrictions remain in place.
“All the partner agencies involved have been able to reach out to thousands of young people in a safe way and during this unprecedented time it has been one of the positive events that has managed to bring people together.”