At the Village, children of all ages learn effective personal safety strategies and how to respond to dangerous or threatening situations. The Children’s Safety Village has been the host site for the training of 1,000 school Safety Patrollers each year.
At least 900 children and youth die each year from avoidable injury. That is 17 children per week or the equivalent of 30 classrooms full of children each year. Health Canada Data Table.
What is a Safety Village?
The Children’s Safety Village of Brant is a specially designed learning facility that was built by the community as a registered charity located in Brantford and managed by a board of directors. At the Village, children learn how to respond to dangerous or threatening situations and effective personal safety strategies. The service areas include Brantford, Brant County, Six Nations and now Norfolk County. We offer a specially-designed hands-on educational facility where learning safety skills comes to life. The Village staff and volunteers strive to keep the Village facility barrier-free and open to all children regardless of ability.
Who Teaches the Kids?
The curriculum taught at the Village is developed and taught by emergency service providers. It meets the Ministry of Education requirements, is sequential, age-appropriate and increases in complexity and comprehension from Grades K – 8. The police and fire instructors lead the safety classes with facility support from Village staff and many volunteers. Since 2005, there have been over 95,000 student visits by local children to The Children's Safety Village of Brant. Safety classes run from October to June each year with over 1,000 safely patrollers being trained at the Village each September.
How is the Safety Village Funded?
Financial contributions from the community is the vital source of revenue to cover operational expenses and keep this valuable resource in our community. Expenses to operate the Children’s Safety Village of Brant remain as low as possible ($125,000 annually) due to the large number of community volunteers who donate their time and talents cleaning, gardening, lawn cutting, administration, programme support, bike and jeep repairs, Santa Parade, special events, and building maintenance.
Charitable Status Number: 8621461238821461RR0001
The Kiwanis Club of Brantford, Ontario, pioneered the idea for The Children’s Safety Village of Brant in 1998. No other community of our size had previously established a Safety Village that would uniquely include servicing children who live in rural areas. As a result, our goal became to educate students in Brantford, Brant county and Six Nations.
We were proud to have Walter Gretzky as the Honourary Chair of the Children’s Safety Village. His support and belief in the project helped to propel a community need into a reality! A generous initial start up fund of $25 000.00, and thousands of volunteer hours, was donated to the project by The Kiwanis Club of Brantford. The Kiwanis Clubs of Grand River and Paris-Brant and many community minded businesses, foundations and donors were also strong supporters of this project, helping The Children’s Safety Village of Brant reach its 1.5 million dollar goal to becoming a reality.
Programming was developed and an instructional plan was created by the best in our community! Our founding board worked cooperatively with the Brantford Police Services, Brant County OPP and Six Nations Police, Brantford Fire Department, Brant County Fire Department, Six Nations Fire Department, the Grand Erie District School Board, the Brant Haldimand Norfolk Catholic District School Board, Six Nations, Mohawk College and Health unit officials.
In September 2005 the Children’s Safety Village of Brant officially opened it’s doors to students. Programmes are offered to students from K to 8. We provide a unique environment where interactive, hands-on learning can take place to ensure retention which is essential in emergency situations!
In the 2 years prior to the pandemic, over 13,000 children completed our life-saving safety programmes. Topics are age appropriate and include: personal safety, fire safety, bicycle safety, science of fire, internet safety, when you’re in charge of fire safety (kids home alone or babysitters) and social media safety. All our programs are taught by professional fire fighters and police with the support of volunteers.
The Children’s Safety Village is a registered charity and receives no government funding. The Village was built through the generosity of the community and continues to rely on the community to continue. We must fundraise over $120,000 to meet our annual budget.
Please consider becoming a volunteer or designating the Children’s Safety Village as your charity of choice.
Charitable Status Number: 8621461238821461RR0001