Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis at a Space zorbing event

Youngsters in Lichfield and Burntwood will be able to take part in a range of activities this summer as the Space scheme returns.

Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis at a Space zorbing event

The programme was reintroduced by Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis and sees sessions run by a range of groups for young people aged eight to 17.

And the programme has been boosted by the news that funding for the scheme has been increased.

“Space 2018 promises to be our biggest yet,” said Commissioner Ellis. “We’ve had huge numbers attending in the past and hope for even more this year.

“It is all about fun, learning and growing in confidence. Staffordshire, like many areas, experiences higher rates of anti-social behaviour during summer holidays than at other times and I’m keen that efforts are made to tackle this. I’ve increased investment in the programme to widen its scope and range.

“Success for the youngsters is seen by the smiles on their faces, opportunities experienced for the first time and the things they’ve learned.

“Space 2018 will continue with its aim of increasing skills, improving health and wellbeing, and creating opportunities for young people to take part in positive activities to make communities safer.

“It should be a very exciting year for us all.”

In 2017, more than 18,000 young people attended sessions across Staffordshire, with police statistics revealing a 38% drop in youth-related anti-social behaviour compared to the same July to September period in the previous year.

Full details of the events and activities on offer this year will be released in the build up to the summer holidays.

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