A South Yorkshire learning centre responsible for teaching safety messages to thousands of school children has been presented with a top award by one of the county's most prestigious dignitaries.

Staff at Lifewise, a South Yorkshire Police and South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue run centre, have earned the High Sheriff's Award in recognition of the service the facility provides to the community.

Lifewise is a life-size film set of a small town which is used to deliver fire, road and personal safety messages to the public. It opened in Hellaby, Rotherham in September.

Its flagship education programme 'Crucial Crew' sees thousands of the county's school children taken through a scenario-based learning programme to learn about anti-social behaviour, fire safety, arson, road safety, first aid and safe travel on buses. Each year every South Yorkshire school is invited to attend Crucial Crew and the scenarios are delivered by partners local to the school.

Police and fire community safety teams are also based at the brand new facility, working with colleagues from the NHS, probation service, transport and others to deliver the learning programmes.

High Sheriff of South Yorkshire Andrew Coombe presented the award to Temporary Chief Constable Robert Dyson and Chief Fire Officer Jamie Courtney in front of staff, managers and councillors.

He said: "It is a brilliant, innovative, forward-looking project, which has already shown that providing every child in South Yorkshire with free awareness education can save lives and property and make them better equipped to deal with life in general."

Chief Fire Officer James Courtney said: "This award appropriately recognises the incredibly hard work of all staff from both organisations involved in the construction and ongoing development of this ground-breaking facility for South Yorkshire. Educating young people to help keep themselves safe is of common interest to us, and we are delighted the High Sheriff has decided to recognise our joint work in this way."

Temporary Chief Constable Robert Dyson, said: "The Lifewise Centre is a tremendous facility which is making a real contribution to educating local communities with the aim of helping to keep people safe and to reduce crime. The High Sheriff's award is fitting recognition of those members of staff from South Yorkshire Police, South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue and community volunteers who made it happen and to local businesses that assisted with sponsorship."


For more information about the centre visit lifewise999.co.uk, or facebook.com/lifewisecentre


Posted February 24tht, 2012 at 1030 by Andrew. Comment by emailing: andrew.lynch@pavpub.com