Lifeskills Volunteers flyer 21 June 2021

Role title: Child Safety Tour Guide
We're seeking enthusiastic, child-friendly volunteers from all walks of life (students to retirees) to become Child Safety Tour Guides.
 
Place of volunteering: Lifeskills, 4th Floor, The CREATE Centre, Smeaton Road, Bristol. BS1 6XN
 
Role summary: Teaching small groups of children how to avoid everyday hazards, to help keep themselves and others safe.
 
This fun, rewarding, term-time role comes with flexible hours, full training and support, plus we'll cover any out-of-pocket expenses.
 
About Lifeskills: Lifeskills provides safety education through a range of different programmes, the main one being the Primary Schools Programme.
 
Every year, schools are invited to bring their Year 6 pupils (age 10/11) for a guided tour around the centre, which is modelled as a realistic village. They are presented with hazardous scenarios in a range of different settings, including a road, beach, dark alleyway, shop, homes and a railway platform.
 
A highlight in the school calendar, Lifeskills provides an exciting, interactive, and memorable experience. In a safe environment, children learn about life's common dangers, and the education we provide supports elements of the PHSE curriculum.
 
We are volunteer led, and as a testament to our volunteers’ dedication and quality of service, schools book their morning or afternoon visit a year in advance.
 
About the role: As a Guide, you'll lead a group of 3-4 children on a 1 1/2 hour tour through each scenario. With the aid of a script (and props, lighting, and sound effects), you’ll encourage the children to get involved in spotting lots of hazardous situations, in a variety of day-to-day situations. You’ll deliver safety messages and help them make practice emergency 999 calls, so that they can leave knowing how to live much safer, healthier, more independent lives.
 
You’ll train at your own pace, and once training is completed, you can choose to cover as many school sessions as you wish, although we recommend doing a minimum of 4 sessions per month to keep the information fresh (select a mix of morning or afternoon sessions, or full days).
 
You’ll report to the member of staff running that day’s morning or afternoon session.
 
We also offer:
• Flexibility to volunteer on a regular pattern or ad-hoc basis (we're open Monday – Friday term time only)
• Choice of hours: Mornings 9:30am – 12:00pm Afternoons 12:30pm – 3:00pm Days 9:30am – 3:00pm (30 – 45 minute lunch break and we'll reimburse your lunch cost at "the CREATE’s cafe")
• Full induction training
• Travel expenses
• Lifeskills uniform upon qualifying
• Free tea, coffee, and biscuits
• End of school year and Christmas party
• Length of service awards
• Development opportunities
• Friendly and supportive team (awarded the Queens Award for Voluntary Service in June 2020)
• Free DBS check (criminal record check)
 
Application/Training process: The following steps lead to becoming a qualified Child Safety Tour Guide. You are under no obligation to move on to the next step and can withdraw at any time.
 
Step 1: Attend a Taster Hour or make an appointment for an introduction to Lifeskills
Step 2: Observe a live tour (morning or afternoon session)
Step 3: Complete and return a volunteer application form with ID for a DBS check
Step 4: Begin training (you will be given your own script and access to our online training videos).
 
You’ll spend each session with a Trainer Tour Guide until training is completed and you’re qualified to work independently (subject to clear DBS check)
 
Staff: Sam Jury, Volunteer Co-ordinator Celia Pendlington, School Co-ordinator, and Administrator Gemma Graville, Assistant Manager, Andy Townsend, General Manager
 
For more information or to book a visit, contact Sam Jury on: tel: 0117 922 4511 or email: sam@lifeskills-bristol.org.uk