Free Training for Personal Assistants in South Glos

Learn to provide vital life skills to the people you are supporting using our life size, interactive village.

Lifeskills is a realistic, interactive safety education centre, built as a realistic village. complete with a road, shops and houses. Our scenarios can be used to practice anything, from everyday situations, such as crossing the road and shopping, to dealing with emergency situations, such as a house fire or first aid incident.

Free training has been offered to Personal Assistants in South Gloucestershire, who support someone with a learning disability, and would benefit from using the facility. Once you have trained to use the Centre, all visits are free of charge.

Training sessions take 3 hours and run on selected days throughout the year.

To book your place, please call Lifeskills on 0117 9224511. Further information can also be found on the South Gloucestershire Council website.

Lifeskills Wins National Grant Funding for Electrical Safety Education

We’re delighted to announce that we have won significant funding to promote electrical safety in the home to reduce deaths, injuries and damage caused by electricity.

We’ve been awarded a grant of £5,000 to help us raise awareness of common electrical hazards in the home and we’ll support national media campaigns at a local level.

Sam Jury, Partnership and Development Manager says, “Winning the grant will enable us to update our electrical safety training. In addition to discussing general home safety with visitors, we will also provide targeted messages to raise awareness of current issues around electrical product safety. Visitors are often shocked by the electrical dangers we present on our tour, so we’re excited to reach even more people in the community through various social media campaigns. Our aim is to influence behaviour and save lives and this grant will help us to put our aim into action.”

As the cost-of-living crisis deepens in the UK, the Electrical Safety Fund is a major annual grant scheme which helps those most vulnerable to electrical injuries in their homes. Run by the national campaigning charity Electrical Safety First, the fund provides £250,000 to support dozens of local community projects across the UK that aim to reduce domestic electrical risks. Around half of all domestic fires in the UK are caused by electricity, with most of those arising from electrical products.

Samuel Terry, Policy and Research Manager at Electrical Safety First, says: “Electrical safety risks have been exacerbated in recent years by several wider factors, including the cost-of-living crisis, rocketing inflation, and rising energy prices.”

“We are delighted to be funding projects that seek to keep people safe in their homes, with a focus on tackling risks associated with electrical products, increasing the public’s awareness of electrical safety, and promoting changes in behaviour.”

Royal visitor helps Lifeskills mark 21 years

HRH The Princess Royal visited Lifeskills on 9th July, to present the charity with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award presented to charitable organisations, and for its Coming of Age 21st birthday.

Every year Lifeskills teaches around 13,000 visitors how to stay safe in their everyday lives and how to avoid accidental injury.

The Princess was given a tour of the Centre and was shown the realistic life-size road, burning home, supermarket and railway track and other scenarios where children safely learn about hazards and learn first aid and other essential life skills. This was the third visit by the Royal visitor as she opened the Centre in 2000 and came again to marks its tenth birthday.

Lifeskills General Manager Andy Townsend said: “We were delighted that the Princess Royal has shown such a keen interest in our charity by visiting three times and of course it is a privilege to be presented with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. It’s recognition for the enthusiasm and hard work of our many volunteers who give the children an interesting, enjoyable and educational experience.“

The Princess also oversaw the presentation of Bristol Blue Glass awards to four volunteers who have accomplished more than 1,000 sessions each:

Violet Delmas, of Wraxall (1,039 sessions)

Andy Denn, of Keynsham (1,173 sessions)

Gloria Gurton, of Whitchurch (1,190 sessions)

Judy Lee, of Westbury-on-Trym (1,001 sessions)

Award winner Judy Lee said: “I thoroughly recommend volunteering at Lifeskills. The children have a lot of fun and it is rewarding seeing them thinking about the scenarios and how to avoid dangers. They leave very animated and we get lots of comments back about how they enjoyed their visit.”

The Princess spent more than an hour at Lifeskills talking to volunteers and staff and meeting representatives from supporting organisations including Avon and Somerset Constabulary, Avon Fire and Rescue Service, and South Western Ambulance Service.

Anyone interested in finding out more about becoming a volunteer guide should contact 0117 9224511 or [email protected]

Can You Help Protect Young Children From Accidental Injuries?

In 2018-2019, 36,000 children under the age of four, living in the West of England area, visited hospital A&E because of an accidental injury at home.

Lifeskills has been helping families to live safer, healthier lives for over 20 years. We are looking at ways in which we can increase the home safety advice and information given to families, and would love to hear your views.

Please take part in this quick online survey to tell us what support is needed to keep babies, toddlers and young children safe from harm at home.

To complete the online survey please CLICK HERE

The survey will only take a few minutes and all responses are completely anonymous.

Coronavirus Update

To safeguard our volunteers and visitors, and to minimise the risk of exposure to the COVID-19 virus, we’ve regrettably taken the decision to close our doors to all visitors. We’ve held our last session, with our lovely volunteers doing what they do best! A message to everyone, please follow the guidelines being set. Keep safe and stay well! We are already looking forward to welcoming you back later on in the year!