Surrey Fire and Rescue Services’ Youth Engagement Scheme (YES) delivers targeted intervention and support to vulnerable young people who have been, using a number of criteria, identified as being at risk of involvement in youth crime or anti-social behaviour. The week-long course and the follow-up day were designed to engage young people in a variety of physical and social challenges that help them to understand the consequences of their behaviour and to develops skills in communication, teamwork and leadership. In addition, the young people are encouraged to take ownership of their actions, develop respect for themselves and others and build their self-esteem and confidence.

In partnership with Surrey Youth Support Service and Surrey Police, Surrey Fire and Rescue Service will deliver six courses for some 60 young people in locations in Walton, Gomshall and Reigate. YES graduates also attend a follow-up session designed to ensure that contact is maintained and that skills already gained are developed further. After two visits to the passing out ceremonies Richard Whittington said “How many young would relish the chance to spend a week learning the basic skills of firefighting from the experts. My two visits demonstrated the huge benefit and the great advances made by the attendees. The demonstration to proud parents and other guests showed that many life skills had been gained in the short time by those who had previously found social interaction difficult.”

Youth Engagement Scheme – Countywide

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