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 by offering a specialty designed hands-on educational facility where learning safety skills come 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 the 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 60,000 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. Programs 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
GivingWe are dependent on the generosity of the community and fundraising for the majority of our operation revenue. The Children’s Safety Village of Brant needs to raise over $125,000 each year, which provides us with the capacity to offer all of our services and programs at little or no cost to the users. Every dollar makes a difference in allowing the Safety Village to provide the highest quality of safety programs for the children in our community. All cheques can be made payable to the Children’s Safety Village of Brant. Charitable tax receipts will be issued for eligible donations of $20 or greater with the provision of a name and full mailing address at the time of the donation. Charitable Status Number: 8621461238821461RR0001
- Memorial Donations Honour someone special by making a donation in their memory. By choosing to celebrate the life of a loved one through a memorial donation, you enable the Safety Village to provide safety programs to even more local children. The family of the person memorialized or honoured will be notified of your generous gift but no amount will be named.
- In Person To donate in person at the Safety Village, please visit us at 407 Elgin Street in Brantford between the hours of 9:00 am and 3:00 pm. We accept, cash, cheques, money orders, VISA and MasterCard.
- Phone To make a donation by phone using your credit card, please call 519-720-6950 between the hours of 9:00 am and 3:00 pm.
- Online Make a secure online donation through our Online Giving Page via Canada Helps.
- Mail We can accept your cheque and credit card contributions (MasterCard or VISA) by mail. Please make all cheques payable to the Children’s Safety Village of Brant.
- Monthly Giving Monthly giving provides a reliable source of funding year round, which allows the Safety Village to offer the much needed safety programs for children in our community. Giving is made easy through different payment options we provide, such as post-dated cheques or monthly credit card debits. To set-up monthly giving, please call 519-720-6950.
- Third Party Event Host a special event in support of your local community Safety Village, sending us the proceeds. Our staff will work with you to promote your event through our social media and website. As a general rule, we do not provide tax receipts for third party events. Only for donations made directly to the Safety Village with no event benefit to the donor. Please call us at 519-720-6950 to discuss your event prior to it happening.
- Planned Giving, Bequests and Gifts of Securities Planned giving provides a unique opportunity for you to support the Safety Village and obtain significant tax savings.
- Donations in Lieu of Gifts You have the option to make a donation to the Safety Village in lieu of gifts. Guests will make their donations directly to the Safety Village and with their permission, we will send you a list of names and addresses (not amount) of those who donated in your honour.
- Weddings You can make a donation to the Children’s Safety Village of Brant in honour of your guests! Our staff will meet with you and together we will develop a message and medium appropriate for your special day to inform your guests of your donation.
- Honour You can make a donation to honour someone special for their birthday, wedding, anniversary or any other special occasion. You will receive the tax receipt and we will send an acknowledgment of the donation to your person of choice.
10 Reasons to Donate
- Relevant programmes for today’s safety challenges facing children. The core curriculum content comes from local experts who work daily with children in a school setting or as emergency service providers. They continuously reflect on how relevant and impactful programs are and ensuring the information is relevant to current safety issues.
- The learning environment at the Safety Village is creating a lasting difference. Since safety programming began in 2005, over 95,000 student visits have occurred creating a higher safety awareness than the average child.
- Strong, strategic leadership is our key to lasting community impact. The board of directors, who represent specific required backgrounds, (i.e. EMS, financial, service club, educational) meet with staff regularly to ensure the mission and strategic visions are being achieved. They ensure established priorities are being accomplished and the Safety Village facility meets and exceeds expectations for the emergency service personnel who teach at the Village and for the children who learn there.
- We responsibly maintain the Village property and facilities. We act responsibility to maintain and replace these assets over time seriously. We have incorporated accumulated depreciation into our fiscal management practices and replace and repair all our assets as needed. In 2017 we received an Environmental Award for water and energy conservation as well as an Accessibility Award for having a supportive environment for persons with disabilities.
- Revenue reliability. We have been successful with establishing a track-record of bringing in recurring dollars, on an unrestricted operating basis, year after year. This provides the ability to predict a level of income with a fair amount of certainty, based on historical performance and ongoing communication with stakeholders.
- Financial Controls. Through strong fiscal management practices, the Board of Directors has developed year-long, month-by-month budget forecasts that include detailed income and expense projections. Additionally, the Board will share balance sheets, income statements, or other measures of financial health when asked. They have maintained liquid assets which are invested for lean financial times to cover 8 months of operations.
- Excellent Social Return on Investment (SROI). According to a 2015 study, the per capita cost of injury in Ontario was $667 per person. Injury and death prevention through hands-on safety education at the Children’s Safety Village of Brant averages only $16 per student per year. Since 2005, there have been over 70,000 hands-on educational child visits at the Village. Parachute. (2015) The Cost of Injury in Canada. Parachute: Toronto, ON
- Realistic financial needs and conservative annual budget. The annual operating budget is program- based for the operations of the Safety Village facility. There are only 1.5 full time staff persons who coordinate the programs and fundraising efforts and, along with volunteers, manage the care and maintenance of the Village. There are no instructor wages in the budget as local police and fire departments have included teaching the safety classes at the Safety Village as part of their community outreach duties. They all prefer the hands on specially designed learning environment that aids in understanding the concepts of each programme.
- Donated funds directly impact the need for a safer community for local children. The educational environment of the Safety Village was uniquely designed with the intention to facilitate a memorable learning environment. Anecdotes from the instructors confirm that the learning environment is a superior one that keeps the children’s attention and provides the opportunity to immediately practice the safety concepts being taught.
- Not all communities have a Children’s Safety Village as an injury preventing and life-saving educational facility for children. There are 10 communities who benefit from Safety Villages in Ontario. Each are independent from one another and are financially sustained by community fundraising and/or a combination of donated dollars and local government funding at the municipal level.
Thank you to our major supporters.
Assist Fire Prevention Officers to teach fire safety lessons – Assist children down escape ladder, help students with group work and set up of “Sparky’s Apartment” (our simulation room) with fire hazards for discussion.
Assist School Safety Officers educating students about personal safety issues – Assist with helmet fitting, jeep or bicycle set up and driving activities in our miniature village and instructing children on safety walks.
Assist in leadership or delivery of our special community events at the Safety Village.
Assist packing loot bags for classes, inventory and filing etc.
Assist with maintaining bicycles, jeeps and general upkeep of miniature Village buildings.
Board of Directors
The members of the Board of Directors are very important to the success of the Safety Village. Furthermore, they reinforce the mission and values as well as provide strategic direction. Together, they are a balanced team with complementary skill sets and a culture that allows them to work together to make the most effective decisions for the Village.