Absafe awarded Common Good Fund donation from Aberdeen City Council

SAFETY education charity Absafe has secured more than £67,000 of funding from Aberdeen City Council, allowing it to continue to provide safety sessions to schools in the local area.

Absafe is the north-east of Scotland’s only charity dedicated to safety education and awareness delivering informative and engaging sessions to adults and children. The charity received £67,720 from the local authority, and the funding will be used to facilitate school visits for primary pupils throughout the city.

In the last year, Absafe has delivered educational safety sessions to more than 3000 children across 50 schools.

From its interactive facility in the Bridge of Don, the charity gives children the tools to take ownership of their own personal safety including road safety, internet safety, anti-social behaviour and solvent misuse.

Les Linklater, Absafe’s Chairman said: “Absafe’s mission is to provide effective and engaging safety education for local children, allowing them to identify the hazards they may come across in daily life – and the steps they can take to mitigate them. Our school visits are a key part of what we do and Aberdeen City Council’s critical funding allows us to continue to keep empowering kids to make safe decisions. We’re ensuring that we can instill the safety essentials in children at an early stage in their life so that when they arrive at the workplace, they are already switched on and engaged with safe practices.”

The Absafe team, supported by a committed group of volunteers, has delivered these compelling messages throughout the region in conjunction with the council-backed Schools Road Safety Initiative. It hosts road safety-themed assemblies in city primaries, aimed to inform young people of everyday road dangers.

The Lord Provost of Aberdeen George Adam said: “Aberdeen City Council has been a supporter of Absafe’s great work for some time. We are proud to be able to help facilitate Absafe’s dynamic safety programme for city children, which empowers them to be safe at home, school and outdoors.”