With many families staying at home to prevent the spread of coronavirus, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s free children’s club is on hand to help keep little ones occupied.
The Welephant Club has been running for almost 10 years now and is an excellent way of engaging children and helping them learn about safe behaviour from a young age.
The Welephant Club, which is for children aged four to eight, was launched in September 2010 and is run by the Service to allow children to learn about topics such as fire safety in the home, water safety and road safety.
Once members sign-up they receive a joining pack full of activities and freebies, including a welcome newsletter introducing them to the key characters and safety themes. Each year they receive a birthday card from Welephant and a quarterly newsletter enabling them to explore seasonal safety advice through activities, quizzes and games.
The club aims to increase children’s understanding of safe behaviour and the consequences of unsafe actions, encouraging them to be advocates for fire safety with their friends and family.
To help keep young children occupied now that the schools are closed the Service is running ‘Wele Wednesday’ competitions on its Facebook page. The aim is to keep fire safety at the forefront of children’s minds while they’re spending more time at home. Any parent or guardians can enter on their child’s behalf and each competition asks children to complete a creative task. All submissions are entered into a draw to win a £25 craft e-voucher.
Director of Community Safety Howard Watts said: “The Welephant Club has been running for almost 10 years now and is an excellent way of engaging children and helping them learn about safe behaviour from a young age. This is particularly important in the current climate, where more people are at home that we get home fire safety messages out to the local community.
“If your child child isn’t already a member we encourage you to register them as the joining pack will help keep them occupied at home.
“Our Wele Wednesday competition has been really popular so far. We know that a lot of people are struggling financially at this time too so we thought it would be good to provide a prize that will allow parents to purchase further fun and creative activities that can be enjoyed by their children and keep them entertained during the extra time at home.“
The Welephant Club is free to join and parents and guardians can sign their child up by visiting the Welephant Club page.
The details of the ‘Wele Wednesday’ competition can be found on Facebook by searching for Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service.