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Shiregreen residents get safety smart

7 October 2014

Shiregreen residents have increased their safety awareness after a visit to South Yorkshire’s learning centre, thanks to Shiregreen Community Homes.

The tour of the Lifewise Centre took visitors on an interactive safety and security journey which highlighted key messages including doorstep crime, fire safety in the home, fraud prevention, internet protection and home security.

Based in Rotherham, the Lifewise Centre features a purpose-built set and provides health and safety advice in the style of real life scenarios with the ultimate aim of reducing crime and improving quality of life.

Shiregreen Community Homes, part of Sanctuary Housing, funded the trip which was open to all Shiregreen residents and people living in the local Roman Ridge sheltered scheme.

Hannah Bailey, Sanctuary’s neighbourhood partnership manager, said: “I hope the trip proved to be beneficial and will encourage our residents and the wider community to always consider safety in their own home.

“As well as the more obvious hazards such as fire and crime, there are so many more safety issues to be aware of and this event highlighted these perfectly.”

Gillian Oakley, resident of Roman Ridge, said “I had a great day out at Lifewise with my friends, we picked up some helpful safety tips, and the performances were quite funny! I started using some of the safety tips straight away and it was a delight to win a prize on the raffle. I definitely want to go again next year, taking more of my friends too”.

Watch manager at South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue, Keith Watts, said: “Changing people’s behaviour is far more complex than simply telling them not to do something, or giving them some safety advice. That’s why events like this which give vulnerable, older people experiential, scenario-based learning in a cutting edge facility such as Lifewise form a key part of our strategy to make South Yorkshire safer.”


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