First supports Lifewise Centre

Thousands of South Yorkshire school children will continue to benefit from the safety educational programme ‘Crucial Crew’, after First Bus joined together with South Yorkshire Police, Safer Roads Partnership and South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue to deliver the life-skills programme to 16,000 year 6 pupils across South Yorkshire.

The ‘Crucial Crew’ programme is delivered at the Lifewise Centre in Hellaby, Rotherham. The interactive learning centre for South Yorkshire Communities is a purpose built set, which opened in 2011. It is used to educate visitors about safety and citizenship with the aim of reducing crime and improving quality of life.

As well as providing a specially designed bus to support the learning sessions, First has provided a dedicated trainer to deliver the safe travel programme. The children face real life emergency situations and learn how to deal with them, by reading the situation, acting sensibly or calling for help. The scenarios cover issues such as arson, hoax calls, road safety, fire safety, travel safety, Internet safety, drugs and alcohol, first aid and antisocial behaviour.
The Crucial Crew programme will also help children use public transport in confidence when they go to secondary school as well as learn what to do in the event of an incident.

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