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Young people learn important skills with the fire service

4 January 2018
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Young people in Rochford have been learning some valuable life skills with the help of Sanctuary Housing and Essex County Fire and Rescue Service (ECFRS).

A group of children and young adults completed a five-day Firebreak course where they had chance to try some of the techniques used by the ECFRS on a daily basis.

Designed to promote safety, teamwork, citizenship, highlight the impact of antisocial behaviour and improve confidence and self-esteem, the young people also took part in discussion workshops and theory sessions.

The course, funded by Sanctuary Housing and Rochford’s Public Health Improvement Officer, Nicola Brown, focused on four key themes - fitness, inspiration, respect and empowerment – and was aimed at re-engaging children and young people not in education, employment or training.

Donna Finch MBE, community development and safeguarding manager at Essex County Fire and Rescue Service, said: “Early intervention is a force for transforming the lives of children, families and communities, particularly from the more disadvantaged areas in our society.

“Essex County Fire and Rescue Service is committed to the social and personal benefits that early intervention can offer young people, enabling them to grow, mature and reach their potential as active members of their communities.”

Chris Silvey, Sanctuary’s resident involvement officer, commented: “The Firebreak course is an excellent opportunity for young people to learn important skills and engage with their peer group.

“It has a proven track record of success and we are happy to support ECFRS in providing such a worthwhile project.”

This project was funded by the Community Investment Fund, supporting projects which benefit Sanctuary residents and their communities.

Pictured: Martin Hare (Assistant Divisional Officer) with Logan Coppins, Emma Keegan, (Sanctuary in Rochford Managing Director) and Nicola Brown.


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