The finishing touches have been made to a new knife crime prevention learning zone at Hazard Alley which was part-funded by Milton Keynes Council.
Last year MK Council allocated £100,000 to support local projects targeted at stopping young people in Milton Keynes from being drawn into knife crime, and is working with partners from across MK – including police, health and representatives from the education sector – to identify projects where funding would have the most impact.
MK Council gave the Safety Centre £40,000 to help deliver its newest interactive learning zone at Hazard Alley, which simulates a typical British high street, along with an additional £10,600 from the Safer MK partnership.
Construction of the new knife crime prevention learning zone at Hazard Alley comes as the Safety Centre prepares to welcome students back in the new school year for the first time since the start of the pandemic.
Cllr Lauren Townsend, Cabinet Member for Community Safety at MK Council said: “I was delighted to have a sneak preview of Hazard Alley’s newest learning zone recently, and it looks fantastic. As someone who grew up in MK and visited the Safety Centre during my childhood, I know just how much of an important asset the centre is to children and young people in Milton Keynes. We’re committed to doing all we can to stop knife crime in MK, and our work with local partners through projects and initiatives just like this are vital in helping us do that.”
The Safety Centre Hazard Alley was the first interactive learning centre of its kind in the world and delivers safety education to thousands of children and young people throughout Milton Keynes and the surrounding area every year.
Maya Joseph-Hussain, CEO of the Safety Centre said: “We’re so grateful for the support that the Council and Safer MK partnership has been able to provide to help us deliver this project. It’s a really exciting new addition for us and will add to the value of the learning experiences we can provide for young people in our city.”
Hazard Alley is now taking group bookings for the new school year, ahead of an official opening ceremony to launch the new scenario in September. To find out more, visit www.safetycentre.co.uk.
Cllr Townsend visited Hazard Alley to take a look at the new learning zone shortly after construction finished.