A significant community project aimed at improving statistics related to preventable injury and death has been completed by Leicester based charity, Warning Zone Life Skills Centre.
The £65,000 initiative, specifically concerned with improving the Water Zone region of the ‘Frog Island’ located facility, is hoping to reduce the demand for local emergency services, while positively contributing to the alarming statistics which indicate that 30% of children and young people who die accidentally in the UK, do so from drowning.
The project was supported by numerous parties, the majority funder was local construction firm Mick George Ltd who generously donated £50,000 towards the scheme.
The company was deemed an appropriate partner for the development given their association with some of the featured design elements, most notably the recycling and quarry displays, for which the business has many years’ experience working in the respective industries.
The highly interactive amenity comprises mechanisms linked with overcoming risks connected to nearby rivers, canals, quarries, reservoirs, lakes and locks, as well as seaside destinations further afield.
Some of the new features include; a narrow boat reconstruction, cold water shock touch tablet, rock work tunnel, deep water infinity lighting box, a themed exit to quarry excavations and a recycling section addressing the disposal of plastic, glass and can materials.
The project was a consequence of research conducted by the University of Leicester Psychology Department, on addition to a three-year consultation with previous visitors which included influential organisations such as the Police, Fire and Rescue Services and the RNLI. All of which concluded that the site wasn’t fit for purpose due to the general lack of imagination and impression presented.
A special launch ceremony is planned for the facility early in February, with special guest appearances from the Leicestershire chief constable, chief fire office, police and crime commissioner, amongst others.
Simon Wright, Chairman or Warning Zone Life Skills Centre said: ‘’Our intention was to produce one of, if not the most, creative and impactful water safety venues in the UK. Undoubtedly, the transformation will mean we’re able to deliver better quality safeguarding programmes to diverse social groups throughout the county. We’re grateful to Mick George Ltd for their backing.’’
Jon Stump, Joint CEO at Mick George Ltd commented: ‘’As a business we’re always mindful of the implications of Health and Safety and advocate those who are doing their part to improve this area. This development is a good example of that, so we’re pleased to play a part in facilitating the improvements.’’