Fire cadets from Elm Lane Fire Station have transformed into community champions thanks to a £1,500 helping hand from Shiregreen Community Homes, part of Sanctuary Housing.
Volunteering success for Fire Cadets
The community funding from the national housing provider helped support the young cadets in rising to their volunteering victory for local scouts.
231st Scouts, based on Barnsley Road, invited the newly-fledged volunteers, aged between 13 and 17, to help assist their green-fingered mission – constructing an eco-greenhouse made solely of recycled bottles and wood, while sprucing up the gardening.
Danny Levick from 231st Scouts, added: “We were really thankful for the cadets coming and volunteering with us to complete our new bottle greenhouse – we look forward to continue working together in the future for the benefit of Shiregreen.”
Further volunteering hours are being donated on two separate events within the Shiregreen community, supporting charities in upcoming events – including Age UK and The Friends Group.
About Elm Lane Fire Cadets
Elm Lane Fire Station’s Young Fire Cadets, organised by South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue (SYFR), is a community organisation that offers experience to young people by building confidence, teaching basic fire-fighter skills and preparing the teens with vital life services.
Throughout the programme, the attending cadets get to grips with their neighbourhood with regular visits to charity events, local schools, youth and community groups.
Ian Foster, arson reduction officer at SYFR, said: “The cadets programme is a fantastic scheme as it prepares the young people for a working environment while strengthening skills such as confidence, self-esteem and working as a team.”
For more information on South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue, or for young people, aged 13-17, who are interested in the emergency services and in meeting new people, visit http://www.syfire.gov.uk/news-events/.
Sanctuary in Shiregreen
This project is supported by Shiregreen Community Homes Neighbourhood Plan, which assists local groups and residents to fulfil their goals and aims.
Sanctuary’s director of neighbourhoods, Colleen Eccles, continued: “It’s great to see young residents of Shiregreen getting involved in volunteering and showing an interest in gaining skills with South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue.
“Local people getting involved in local services are important to any community and it’s something Sanctuary is dedicated in supporting.