Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis hopes Space scheme will return “bigger and better”

Staffordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner says he would love to see the revamped Space summer scheme return “bigger and better” next year.

Matthew Ellis relaunched the initiative which saw more than 3,000 activities on offer for young people during the holidays.

The Space scheme initially ran during the 80s and 90s but was brought back this year for youngsters aged 11 to 17.

Matthew Ellis at a Space tennis session

Matthew Ellis at a Space tennis session

Mr Ellis said: “I am pleased that so many local people got involved with this year’s Space programme.

“I wanted to bring Space back to develop the relationships between young people and public and voluntary sector organisations, while providing a positive experience for young people to get involved with and I hope we have succeeded in this.

“I want to thank colleagues in my office who created this year’s Space with just a few months’ notice.

“A thorough evaluation is now being carried out which will determine if Space has been successful and feedback is essential to this. We have had some great feedback so far but I am keen to hear more about what people might do differently.

“While I can’t fully commit to Space next year because of the Police and Crime Commissioner elections in 2016, I would love to see it return bigger and better with a greater focus in encouraging volunteering.”

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