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FEATURE | MARCH 2016

Feature

Cutting deaths is no accident EVERY day, children and adults are being killed and seriously injured at the Bridge of Don and the numbers are likely to increase. At least that's the hope of the staff of Absafe who are responsible for all the accidents. "We create fantastic events where we attempt to kill, injure or commit crime against people," said Emma Bellu, chief executive of the charity. "We run them over with cars, squash them with trains and electrocute them and that’s just for starters." The purpose behind all this is to ensure that people "don't learn safety by accident". At "The Safe", the organisation's purpose-built interactive village, people can experience dangerous situations and learn to make safe decisions, mitigating the risks they are exposed to every day, often without knowing it. To give too much detail here would remove some of the element of surprise which is important in some of the activities in the one-year-old facility. Around 5,000 people have benefited from the training in the first year and many schools are now scheduling their second visit. Absafe’s aim is that eventually all pupils in the area will visit The Safe three times during their school careers, which will not only reduce accidents but also prepare them to be healthy and safe in their working lives. On their visits - which are tailored to meet the specific requirements of their age - the pupils become "safety detectives" covering everything from fire and road safety to bullying and internet safety.

Pupils from Gourdon Primary getting "run over" by Absafe's train 20

"We tell them about internet security and how to make good passwords and they can go home and tell their parents who may not know either," said Emma.

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