The Youth Engagement Scheme (YES) is run by Surrey Fire and Rescue Service and is an early intervention programme for young people aged 14-17 who have low school attendance, low self-esteem, a lack of self-confidence or are at risk of involvement in anti-social behaviour. This year, with the support of funding from the HSYA among others, YES offered six five-day courses which included training in Fire Drills, First Aid, Communication and Team Working skills with a follow-up day after completion. The climax of the week is a passing out parade in front of families, teachers and local dignitaries.
The challenges implicit in the activities are designed to help young people understand the consequences of their behaviour, take ownership of their actions and develop respect for themselves and others. The presentation by a former participant at this year’s HSYA Annual Celebration demonstrated the success the scheme has had in turning lives around.
The High Sheriff, following visits to Walton and Gomshall Fire Stations stated that “YES is such a brilliant scheme for giving the participants confidence and social and team building skills. It was a pleasure to see their smiling faces as they each received a certificate. They were well supported by very proud families, including a great grandfather who had been a fireman in the Services”.
Youth Engagement Scheme
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