The Bus Stop Club – SAFE Summer Project
The Bus Stop Club in East Dorset is a charity that provides support for low income families with children of school age living on the Heatherlands Estate in Ferndown
- PRIORITY 6
They promote healthy family and community relationships by the provision courses and workshops for parents, plus other prtaical support, including secondhand uniform sales, and after school homework clubs.
The Bus Stop Club applied to the OPCC for a grant of £1500 to enable them to run free sessions over the school summer holidays for children to learn about personal, I.T and road safety.
Their “Make Lunch” week had a theme of personal safety. During this week, 66 meals were served to low income families, with 32 lunches being served to children. After lunch, the children attended a workshop with a local PCSO to learn about how to keep safe online.
The Bike Skills week was attended by 13 children, 1 of whom learnt to ride a bike for the first time. All children who attended were given a bike helmet, and were taught about the importance of road safety before visiting the local Halfords.
The final event was a group visit to Longmead Community Farm which was attended by 15 adults and children. Here, they learnt about safety in the countryside and had the opportunity to meet some of the animals. They also spent some time playing in the outdoor space and doing some fun arts and crafts.
Children attending the sessions were positive about their experiences :
' I learnt how to fix my bike, and when you are riding with friends and they say a helmet is stupid, it's not '
'If you are riding when its dark you need to wear a bright jacket'
'I learnt to use signals, and to look behind you before you indicate'
Find out more information about The Bus Stop Club and the work they do.