Yes it’s true! A National Express West Midlands bus has been at the same bus stop for the past four years. She hasn’t moved, but has had thousands of passengers, mostly children. They’ve come on the bus to learn about travelling safely and considerately, in the most realistic environment possible.
The bus stop is in Safeside, a full size indoor urban village in central Birmingham, run by the West Midlands Fire Service. As well as the bus, provided by National Express West Midlands, Safeside has a realistic street scene, fully stocked supermarket, road crossing, train, canal, house and much more. With a focus on experiential learning, the centre is dedicated to developing the skills and awareness children need to stay safe and healthy, without limiting their life choices.
National Express West Midlands is now supporting Safeside in its search for new volunteers to help at the centre.
Safeside Manager, Rob Hattersley said: “Our biggest programme is for primary schools, and for this we rely on a dedicated army of trained volunteers and donations such as this from National Express West Midlands.”
To help Safeside get more young people into the centre and learning about safety, National Express West Midlands has put an appeal out to its 5,500 local staff to try and find more volunteers.
National Express West Midlands Stacey Pollard, who is leading the search for volunteers said: “We are asking staff to come forward to volunteer at this great centre as well as ask friends and family if they are willing to volunteer. The centre helps keep youngsters safe around the region’s roads and no one knows the region’s roads like we do.”
Photo shows Safeside Manager, Rob Hattersley and National Express West Midlands’ Stacey Pollard at the Safeside centre.
Published 24th June 2013