Recently, I had great pleasure in visiting the Flashpoint Lifeskills Centre in Bodmin. This facility is run by Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service, and offers hands on practical advice to children and to the learning disabled as staff and volunteers guide visitors through 12 scenarios giving practical advice on what to do if something goes wrong.
During my visit, I took part in the 12 scenarios with children from primary schools in Polruan and Pelynt. The scenarios ranged from a cyclist involved in a collision with a car with part of the scenario having to make a simulated 999 call to one of the centres staff acting as an emergency call operator, beach safety, farmyard accidents and the dangers of a train level crossing.
For me, it was great to see the children so animated and interested in all the different scenarios, and learning how they should deal with a range of potentially dangerous and hazardous situations at the Flashpoint Lifeskills Centre. This facility is hugely important and I would urge schools and any other community groups to contact them to arrange a visit.
The centre is aimed at children (KS2 and above) and vulnerable people are guided around the sets by the team of trained volunteers and discuss and practice assessing risk and consequences. Courses last 2 hours and costs £3 per student (minimum charge of £36 applies). Accompanying staff are free of charge. The website with further information is HERE. And their Facebook page is HERE.