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Meet the Charity: Warning Zone

We’re getting to know the people and the great work of our official charity partners for the 2017/18 season. This week, we heard from Richard Grudgings, operations manager at Warning Zone who work to deliver safeguarding skills to young children across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

Based at their specialist facility in Leicester city centre, Warning Zone invites children aged 10-11 to educate them on safety through a series of scenarios including online and offline, special events and fundraising.

Richard says: “We first worked with Tigers three or four years ago, working alongside the Tigers Foundation. We’ve also been lucky enough to work with former Tigers player Bleddyn Jones as a volunteer here at our facility.

“Our safety zones and e-safety zones are designed to familiarise youngsters with the dangers surrounding them as they move up to senior school and become more independent. From reducing the risk of accidental injury, peer pressure, cyber-bullying and other topical issues, we aim to give children the tools they need to recognise potential threats.

“We welcome many school groups to the centre, but our programmes are designed with young and old in mind.

“Our work relies on the generosity of donations and the time of our volunteers to educate the next generation. In particular, we have a lot of students join us from the local universities looking to gain valuable work experience.

“We’re always on the lookout for more volunteers and throughout the season, we’re planning to host a number of events and fundraisers at Welford Road to help support our work. We’re also developing a special presentation for Year 9 students which we’re excited to begin to deliver soon.”

Keep posted throughout the season for all the latest events and updates from Warning Zone.