By ANISAH ARIF
The Fire Service is pleased to have secured a funding of £80,000 from the Kirklees New Homes Bonus (NHB) to support youth programmes across the district.
The programme aims to deliver brighter futures to hundreds of young people across Huddersfield and Batley & Spen areas.
The funding will go towards delivering youth intervention initiatives. Programmes such as FireFit, Grit, FireWorks and Crash & Burn will be available for schools to access and provide unique opportunities for their students to get active, develop teamwork, perseverance, social responsibility and skills for their future.
To celebrate this, Tuesday 20 November, we saw year 5 and year 6 pupils from Almondbury Community School were welcomed at Huddersfield Fire Station to do the FireFit programme, funded by NHB.
Intense fitness training techniques were taught and dress in fire kit to have a goat basic firefighting skills, watched closely by trained firefighters.
Chair of the Fire Authority Councillor Judith Hughes, who represents the Almondbury ward, has been a supporter of the funding bid. She said: “The Fire Service has the power to influence young lives in a really positive way because the skills of a firefighter are those of resilience, teamwork and problem solving.
“We are really pleased that this successful funding bid means that more young people across Kirklees will benefit from the Fire Service’s intervention courses at a time in their lives that it could make a real difference to their futures and consequently community cohesion.”
Youth Interventions Team Manager Jo Hardy said: “The Youth Interventions Team is incredibly pleased to be awarded this funding to help us make such a big difference to the lives of young people in Kirklees.
“These programmes will have a huge impact on so many children in the area, enabling them to stay safe, keep healthy and be happy. We have delivered these programmes before and we know that challenging young people to test their resilience and teamwork through practical firefighting skills and group activities has been a catalyst for change in so many other aspects of their lives.”
One of the main themes in the programme is road safety. Others included keeping fit and healthy, bonfire safety, and prevention of anti-social behavior.
Jo added: “There’s a real focus on physical and mental wellbeing and we hope by working with so many young people, we will help to build positive and resilient communities.”
The programmes that are delivered work collectively with local schools and agencies who will build on the skills developed in the fire station back at the school. Any school, agency or organisation working with young people aged eight to 25-years-old in West Yorkshire can bring groups of young people on the Youth Interventions programmes which can be found on the website.
If you are in areas of Kirklees covered by the NHB bid then funding for your group is already secure. The Youth Interventions Team specialise in working with young people across West Yorkshire who may be identified as more likely to need or instigate any of the blue light services now or in their futures. Our interventions are developed and delivered by specialist Youth Intervention Trainers alongside our team of Youth Instructors who are all active Firefighters.
In the last two years 2,070 young people across West Yorkshire have taken part in one of the Fire Service’s Youth Intervention courses. The exact amount of funding from Kirklees New Homes Bonus is £84,334. This will allow for Youth Intervention courses to be delivered in the following wards: · Almondbury · Ashbrow · Batley East · Batley West · Birstall and Birkenshaw · Cleckheaton · Crosland Moor and Netherton · Dalton · Greenhead · Heckmondwike · Lindley Ward · Liversedge and Gomersal · Newsome