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Bodmin lifeskills centre gets seal of approval

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: September 18, 2013

REACCREDITATION: From left, Cornwall councillor Ann Kerridge, Flashpoint manager Ellen McConnell and LASER co-ordinator Cassius Francis.

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THE FLASHPOINT Lifeskills Centre in Bodmin has been reaccredited by the LASER Alliance after proving it can provide quality experiences for children and the learning disabled.

The interactive learning centre on Normandy Way is run by Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service and simulates potentially hazardous situations to deliver safety messages to youngsters and vulnerable people.

A range of scenarios are featured including kitchen, farm and beach safety, advice about 999 emergency calls and how to be wary of contact from strangers on the internet.

LASER accreditation is awarded to providers of practical safety education who demonstrate their commitment to educational excellence and quality. Flashpoint first achieved accreditation in 2007 and again in 2011. The recognition is a marker to schools and other organisations that they can be confident in using the provider for LASER activities.

The LASER Alliance brings together a range of organisations and individuals that believe in young people Learning About Safety by Experiencing Risk, which is where the acronym LASER comes from.

Flashpoint manager Ellen McConnell accepted the accreditation certificate at the centre in Bodmin last Monday from LASER Alliance co-ordinator Cassius Francis.

Mrs McConnell said: "I want to thank everyone who has helped with the accreditation process and in particular to the wonderful team of volunteers without whom the centre would not be able to carry out its valuable work."

Flashpoint is available to groups and to schools all over Cornwall.

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