Fire Service celebrates successful funding bid to run youth programmes!

The Fire Service is delighted to have secured over £80,000 funding from the Kirklees New Homes Bonus (NHB) which will support our youth programmes and help deliver brighter futures to hundreds of young people across the district.

This funding will go towards our youth intervention initiatives across the Huddersfield and Batley & Spen areas.

Programmes such as FireFit, Grit, FireWorks and Crash & Burn will be available for schools to access and provide unique opportunities for their students to get active, develop teamwork, perseverance, social responsibility and skills for their future.

To celebrate this, yesterday (Tuesday, November 20) Year 5 and 6 pupils from Almondbury Community School were welcomed at Huddersfield Fire Station to do the first FireFit programme, funded by NHB.

They learned some intense fitness training techniques and got kitted out in fire kit to have a go at basic firefighting skills, under the watchful eye of trained firefighters.

Chair of the Fire Authority Councillor Judith Hughes, pictured centre, who represents the Almondbury ward, has been a supporter of the funding bid.

She said: “The Fire Service has the power to influence young lives in a really positive way because the skills of a firefighter are those of resilience, teamwork and problem solving.

“We are really pleased that this successful funding  bid means that more young people across Kirklees will benefit from the Fire Service’s intervention courses at a time in their lives that it could make a real difference to their futures and consequently community cohesion.”

Youth Interventions Team Manager Jo Hardy said: “The Youth Interventions Team is incredibly pleased to be awarded this funding to help us make such a big difference to the lives of young people in Kirklees.

“These programmes will have a huge impact on so many children in the area, enabling them to stay safe, keep healthy and be happy. We have delivered these programmes before and we know that challenging young people to test their resilience and teamwork through practical firefighting skills and group activities has been a catalyst for change in so many other aspects of their lives.”

The programmes focus on key themes such as road safety, keeping fit and healthy, bonfire safety and prevention of anti-social behaviour.

Jo added: “There’s a real focus on physical and mental wellbeing and we hope by working with so many young people, we will help to build positive and resilient communities.”

Programmes are delivered in partnership and collectively with local schools and agencies who will build on the skills developed in the fire station back at the school.

Any school, agency or organisation working with young people aged eight to 25-years-old in West Yorkshire can bring groups of young people on our Youth Interventions programmes which can be found on our website – http://www.westyorksfire.gov.uk/your-safety/community/youth-interventions/

If you are in areas of Kirklees covered by the NHB bid then funding for your group is already secure. The Youth Interventions Team specialise in working with young people across West Yorkshire who may be identified as  more likely to need or instigate any of the blue light services now or in their futures.

Our interventions are developed and delivered by specialist Youth Intervention Trainers alongside our team of Youth Instructors who are all active Firefighters.

Background

In the last two years 2,070 young people across West Yorkshire have taken part in one of the Fire Service’s Youth Intervention courses.

The exact amount of funding from Kirklees New Homes Bonus is £84,334

This will allow for Youth Intervention courses to be delivered in the following wards:

  • Almondbury
  • Ashbrow
  • Batley East
  • Batley West
  • Birstall and Birkenshaw
  • Cleckheaton
  • Crosland Moor and Netherton
  • Dalton
  • Greenhead
  • Heckmondwike
  • Lindley Ward
  • Liversedge and Gomersal
  • Newsome