Skills for life

About

Vision

Our mission: ‘Skills For Life’

Our mission is to provide realistic and immersive learning experiences to equip visitors with the skills, knowledge and confidence to live active, fulfilling and safer lives in stronger communities.

Principles and objectives

Through experiential education in realistic scenarios we aim to:

  • Increase awareness of safety and develop key life skills
  • Encourage visitors to develop personal confidence and to think for themselves
  • Promote teamwork and shared values
  • Encourage safer, healthier and more active lifestyles

Our new strategy for growth from 2017 adopts the following principles:

  • Equality and diversity
  • Focus provision on our safety villages
  • Utilise experiential learning techniques
  • Meet the needs of all learners
  • Focus on positive behavioural change rather than shock tactics or danger itself
  • Use technology appropriately
  • Seek value for money rather than simply the cheapest deal

Real life scenarios

Crucial Crew enables children to experience and consider a range of possible risks and dangers

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Team

Alex Lang, Director/Trustee

With a background of 35+ years in the travel business and 30 years in Local Government – the majority as a Health Promotion Officer – Alex has been involved with Crucial Crew in Stevenage for 28 years.

He also had involvement within the interactive safety education field as Treasurer for the Safety Centre Alliance, was on the Steering Group of the Child Safety Education Coalition, and was on the RoSPA/LASER Steering group that recently devised and implemented the National Accreditation Scheme for Safety Centres.

Involved with both local and national charities – either as a Trustee, Fundraiser, or Clerk to Trustees, Alex was also a school Governor and a Parish Councillor, and is a Rotarian.

Personal interests include travel, and photography.

Graham Storey, Director/Trustee

Graham retired as a Police Sergeant after 30 years working in a variety of departments in the Police Service and now has his own Limited Company dealing with fraud investigation.

Graham was involved in the initial planning for Crucial Crew in Stevenage over 28 years ago as a Crime Prevention Officer and developed the scheme with consultation from local statutory organisations and both local and national businesses.

Since then he has been involved in not only the planning and management for both Stevenage Crucial Crew and Hertfordshire Crucial Crew but also a number of local initiatives involving working with young people in the community and is fully DBS certified.

Graham is still an active member of the Stevenage So Safe Initiative which is part of the Stevenage Community Safety Partnership and works towards making Stevenage a safer place for its residents and visitors.

Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital features high on Graham agenda and he is an Official Ambassador for the hospital working on a voluntary basis for its benefit.

He is a family man with three children and ten grandchildren and likes sport and travel.

Supporters

Crucial Crew would like to thank a huge number of supporters, they play a vital role in helping us run the scheme to the benefit of our children. Probably too many to mention them all here, but to name but a few…

Hena Gohil, whilst on Work Experience from Thos. Alleyne School, for assisting with IT work and the preparation of materials.

Thank you also to Victoria Phillips, Health Promotion Officer at Stevenage Borough Council, who helped to coordinate Stevenage Crucial Crew, and to her colleagues running the scenarios here in Stevenage, and those from other schemes around the County who have offered both their expertise, and assistance.

A ‘thank you’ to the Head Teacher of each school that takes part for allowing their students to receive some ‘crucial’ information – which will help them to make choices – and that may affect the rest of their lives.

Crucial Crew in Stevenage has been sponsored and funded by:

Hertfordshire Constabulary, Hertfordshire Fire & Rescue Service, St. John Ambulance, RNLI, Broxbourne Borough Council, East Herts District Council, North Herts District Council, Stevenage Borough Council, Lea Valley Park Rangers, Royal Life Saving Society, East of England Ambulance & Paramedic Service, UK Power Networks, Welwyn Hatfield District Council, The Resource Bank, Great Northern Rail.

Without this generous support, Crucial Crew would not happen. We therefore owe those listed above a huge debt of gratitude and gratefully acknowledge their individual support.

Patrons

We gratefully acknowledge the Patrons of Crucial Crew:

  • The Mayor of Stevenage
  • Tom Johnson MBE
  • Alderman P.D. Kissane
  • Paul Cherry

Awards

From time to time the work of Crucial Crew work is acknowledged by a variety of external organisations. In 2002 Crucial Crew was awarded a Partnership in Health award by the High Sheriff of Hertfordshire and again in 2017 when Highly Commended as an Education Partnership.

Certificates

Crucial Crew awards two certificates to young people taking part in our programmes – to acknowledge attendance and for achieving a level of awareness of different life scenarios.