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by West Midlands Fire Service

Experiential learning

for children, young people and adults

A unique safety and learning experience for children and adults alike

Our programmes

What is Safeside?

Our Safeside centres in Eastside and Handsworth provide experiential safety learning for children, young people and adults, designed and maintained to complement the current PSHE curriculum.


Our Eastside centre features our immersive, full-size indoor safety village. It has several scenarios including a bank, house, road, shop, police station and canal. It allows children to learn about real dangers, within a safe and controlled environment.


Safeside at Handsworth is in the grounds of a working fire station and is home to our home safety facility. Its main focus is on fire safety and our prevention and education work in the community.

What’s on offer?

A variety of programmes teaching children, young people and adults about the fire service, life skills, personal safety, travel safety, good citizenship, road and car safety and staying safe in the home.

Our programmes

All Safeside programmes recognise that individuals learn in different ways.

Discussion through open questions that stimulate independent thought and problem-solving is very important.

Our two Safeside centres offer a variety of education programmes for young people. Here’s a list of some of the programmes we offer. Click any one of them to find out more or book your places today!

Each learning point is addressed through visual, auditory or kinaesthetic means. For example, visitors will discuss choosing safe routes to walk home but will also experience an unsafe route including sounds and darkness.

Our programmes address the real, evidence-based issues for the visitor group. The issues faced by primary school children about to move to secondary school are very different, for example, to those important for the parents and carers of the under fives.

In general, we book tours for organised groups such as schools, nurseries, youth or special needs groups.



Facility Hire

We have various meeting rooms and facilities available for hire, for more details, see our Facilities page.

How to find us


Safeside at Eastside
101 Vauxhall Road
West Midlands
B7 4HW

0121 380 6429


Safeside at Handsworth
Handsworth Community Fire Station
41 Rookery Road, Birmingham
West Midlands
B21 9QU

0121 380 7566

Get in touch using our contact form

Public Transport

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For just BUS travel you can use the ‘Class Pass’ service to book discount travel within the West Midlands – for details see their website or email

For bus, train and Metro travel there is another ‘Class Pass’ scheme for discounted travel the West Midlands – visit their website or call 0345 303 6760.

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is run by West Midlands Fire Service, but we receive support from all these companies to make it possible.