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  • Children / families
  • Community safety / victim support / domestic violence
  • Health and well being / research and care
  • Learning disabilities / difficulties
  • Young people

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Lifeskills is an amazing, interactive village, complete with a road, shops and houses, where visitors learn vital skills by actually experiencing difficult situations. This may range from crossing a busy road to discovering a fire and calling 999. Having the opportunity to experience risk, make choices and learn from mistakes is an incredibly effective and memorable way to learn.

Every year over 14,000 people die as a result of accidents across the UK and over 200,000 are seriously injured in England alone. The estimated cost to society is around £150 billion a year, not to mention the huge emotional cost to families (RoSPA).

Rather than dealing with the consequences, Lifeskills takes a proactive approach. Our aim is not to wrap people in cotton wool but to give them the skills and confidence to do more. Programmes target those most at risk, primarily school children, people with learning difficulties, older people and pre-school children.


The Lifeskills Centre is made up of a series of incredibly life-like sets including: domestic rooms, a supermarket, garden, health centre, road, building site, dark alley, electricity sub-station, a railway line and even a beach. Our dedicated, well-trained army of over 100 volunteers take visitors through our specially-equipped facility in small groups of four. The activities they participate in help to develop life long skills enabling people to participate in ‘real-life’ emergency scenarios and cope with potentially dangerous situations, without panicking. Interactive scenarios include discovering a house fire and calling the emergency services, crossing a busy road, identifying hazards in a kitchen and discovering why train tracks are dangerous

Current opportunities

Bristol, BS1 6XN

We are looking for a HR professional to join our Board of Trustees and help guide the charity through an exciting period of growth and development...