The Surrey Fire and Rescue Service Youth Engagement Scheme (YES) engages groups of young people who are at risk of antisocial behaviour in a one-week intensive practical course at one of Surrey’s fire stations. Surrey firefighters give them hands-on training and they ‘graduate’ at the end of their course in front of family and friends. YES aims to address anti-social behaviour, youth crime, low self esteem and low motivation for those aged 14-17. They gain in self-confidence and learn the importance of working together as a team and turning up punctually each day, plus the responsibility of doing a job well. The course educates, challenges and motivates participants and encourages them to start thinking about the implications of their actions and how they can make themselves and others safe.

“The HSYA has awarded grants to YES over several years and I was so impressed by the impact of the course on those who participate, when I visited Gomshall Fire Station to see a session in progress, that I nominated the programme for a National Crimebeat Award. I am pleased to say that it won a Certificate of Commendation,” comments Peter Lee.

Youth Engagement Service – National Crimebeat Award

Awarded 2014-2015




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