Salamander Course at Swindon Fire Station

Once again the staff and clients at Gloucester House would like to say a Huge thank you to Mark Evans (watch manager)and all the Team at Swindon Fire Station, for giving Kris, Terry and Alan the opportunity to partake in your recent course. It was a wonderful experience for their character building and improved self-esteem and they absolutely loved it and thoroughly enjoyed themselves We look forward to seeing you again in May with another four clients that are already eager to get their fire suits on.

Since 2018 Gloucester House has worked in partnership with Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service who have offered our clients the opportunity to attend their life-skills programme at Swindon Fire Station.

The clients we have sent so far have really benefited from this opportunity and given them more positive belief in themselves to go on to embrace other pursuits.

About the Salamander Course

Salamander is a tailored development programme designed to promote empowerment in a positive environment whilst also encouraging team work and the supporting of others.

The primary aim of Salamander is to work with young people in Swindon and Wiltshire and provide them with experiences that will help them to learn new life skills and gain confidence. However, in recent years, we have expanded our remit and now work with a variety of organisations across the public, voluntary and private sectors to deliver courses to adults too.

Our key objectives are to:

Establish links with the community and partner organisations.

Deliver a series of messages regarding fire, road and water safety.

Enhance the image of the Fire and Rescue Service within the community.

Encourage a more diverse range of people from disadvantaged backgrounds to develop self-esteem and confidence in their ability to achieve more than they thought they could

The programme is designed to change each participant’s attitude and behaviour by challenging them to:

Adopt a new set of values;

Address consequences of anti-social behaviour and fire setting;

Cooperate with others;

See the advantage of improving their own learning and performance;

Gain self-esteem and self-confidence; and

Improve their communication skills.