Lifewise, the South Yorkshire life skills safety centre which is a South Yorkshire Police and South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue initiative, has been awarded over £30,000 in grant funding from the South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership.
The money will be used to purchase a range of equipment, including two interactive safety car simulators, four sets of beer goggles to represent the effects of drink driving and a number of mannequins to use across the road safety set.
Lifewise Development Manager, Louisa Bennett, said: “It’s fantastic that this grant funding has been awarded to Lifewise and I am grateful to the Safer Roads Partnership for their support.
“Over 15,000 year six pupils, along with a whole range of other people from across the county visited Lifewise in 2009. The new equipment that we will be able to purchase as a result of this grant funding means that we can make visitors’ experiences at Lifewise even more realistic and help to improve their road safety awareness at the same time”.
Styled similarly to a TV set from Eastenders, Lifewise is the only facility of its kind in South Yorkshire and has a number of different scenes including a street scene with life size pelican crossing, a shop, railway, park, pub and house. It provides a realistic and exciting environment in which groups of people can act out particular situations in a realistic setting dealing with a variety of issues and problems. By confronting and dealing with such issues it is hoped that people will be better equipped to apply those lessons to real life.
Ian Ashmore, Chair of the South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership Tactical Group said: “Lifewise is an excellent initiative and the realistic scenarios that are enacted provide an ideal environment to promote road safety messages designed to be passed on to the public.
“I am pleased that the Safer Roads Partnership has been able to support Lifewise with this initiative and am sure that the car simulators will prove to be a useful and popular addition to the learning facilities at the centre”.
To learn more about the Lifewise Centre and the opportunities it has to offer, please telephone 01709 366 083.