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Public Services event a success

11 May 2015

UPS students with Mayor - Public Services Event

The sun shone on visitors to Bracknell & Wokingham College’s Public Services Show held in partnership with the Bracknell Rugby Club at their Lily Hill Park ground on Thursday. Local and national services joined the show exhibiting their lines of work and offering professional insight. 

Exhibitors included, Thames Valley Police, Royal Navy, Royal Air Force, Army, Berkshire Search and Rescue Dogs, Berkshire Lowland Search & Rescue, Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service, Give Blood, SERV, and more.

Arranged by Daniel Bell, Staff Volunteer at the college, and Uniformed Public Services (UPS) students, the project took six months to complete. Daniel, said:

“It’s great to see all the organisations that have come along today to support the show. I wanted to arrange a public services careers event that would not only help our students but young people in general, whilst raising awareness of the different services that are around. It took a lot of organisation but I really think it’s been worth it.

“We’ve had schools and colleges visit today from as far as Portsmouth. It’s a great atmosphere and everyone’s been getting into the spirit of the event with trying out the different demonstrations that the stall holders have brought along.”

Bryony Peterson, 17, a UPS student visiting from Newbury College, thought the event was a great opportunity to explore other areas that she hadn’t before considered for her future career:

“It’s been really interesting being able to talk with people and find out more about what it’s like to work for the different services. I know I want to go into the air ambulance division but I’ve been finding out today about the different search and rescue companies that are along similar lines of work.”

John Bromley, part of the volunteering organisation Berkshire Search and Rescue Dogs, attended the event to raise the organisations profile. He said:

“There’s been a great turn-out so far, schools, colleges, little ones, older ones – all sorts. We’ve had lots of interest from people wanting to find what we do and how we do it and it’s given us the opportunity to tell people how they can support our cause.”

Liz Warren, risk reduction practitioner, and her colleagues from Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service, set up a ‘Firefighter Experience’ for show-goers to have a taste of what it’s like for Firefighters in a real emergency situation, Liz said:

“We’ve had lots of people trying out the activity where we kit them out in breathing apparatus, face mask and vision obstructer so they have a similar amount of visibility to a firefighter in a smoky environment, and helmet on top.

“They then make their way into the blacked-out tent and follow a guideline that would be used in a real situation, and then have to go through lots of different obstacles to finally reach and rescue a dummy at the end.

 “We’ve had a real positive response from those who’ve tried it out today and we’ve even had at least 4 individuals say they want to take up a career in the fire service.”

Bracknell Forest Mayor, Cllr Andy Blatchford, was invited along to meet the exhibitors, and said:

“Absolutely events like this are useful for young people where they can see what’s going on, thoroughly enjoy themselves whilst they’re here and interact with people who are doing the jobs they want for their future – on a daily basis. It’s especially good for them to see so many volunteer organisations taking part.”

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