Relaunched Space summer programme in Lichfield and Burntwood hailed a success

The revamped summer Space scheme for young people has been hailed as a success in Lichfield and Burntwood.

The police-run activities programme was originally a feature of school holidays during the 1990s before being reinstated last summer as a council and voluntary sector-run initiative.

In Lichfield and Burntwood 656 sessions were taken up, including trampolining, water sports and dancing.

Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis with youngsters at a Space tennis session

Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis with youngsters at a Space tennis session

Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis says he reintroduced the Space scheme in a bid to engage young people in positive events.

“I am delighted with what Space achieved in 2015,” he said. “Over 13,000 young people took part in nearly 600 activities across Staffordshire.

“It’s great that because of Space there were many more positive sport and fun activities for young people to do over the long summer holidays.

“Young people and the organisations that took part said it was good and everything about Space 2015 highlighted the two-way commitment which is developing well between my office and other partners around the community safety agenda.

“I’d like to once again thank all the organisations that stepped up to do Space in 2015 despite the really short notice.”

A report has been published online highlighting the feedback from those who took part – although the Commissioner says he would still like to hear from more participants.

The report said: “Significant positive feedback has also been received from local partners, businesses, the community and young people themselves.

“The Space 2015 approach is considered to have been successful, with opportunities for learning and development duly noted.”

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1 Comment

  1. Eric N Drinkwater

    9th February, 2016 at 1:34 pm

    Yes Matthew wonderful but were you not involved with your colleagues in destroying the County Youth Service. The Service that provided positive outcomes all the year round not just for a small part of the year?

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