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, 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 photograph shows Bridget Biddell, High Sheriff in Nomination, joining the celebrations as 11 students graduated from this long established, successful scheme which was once again supported by HSYA.

Youth Engagement Scheme

Awarded 2018-2019



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Past Awards 2018-2019

Guildford Shakespeare Company

Youth Engagement Scheme

Magistrates’ Mock Trial Competition

The Eikon Charity

Thrive Youth Dance Company

Safe Drive Stay Alive

Matrix Trust

East to West

Change of Scene

Sunbury Manor School

Surrey Care Trust - STEPS

The Phoenix Project


KT12 Football Project

1st Chertsey Scout Group