A fun-filled event at Tunstall Park signalled the official launch of a summer of activity for Space 2021.
Deputy Staffordshire Commissioner for Police, Fire & Rescue and Crime, Helen Fisher dropped into a multi-sport session to get her first experience of the summer Space programme since being named the Deputy Commissioner in May 2021.
The Tunstall Park event, organised by the YMCA, saw the first official Space launch in the area with young people trying their hand at football, crafts, cricket and a climbing wall.
The summer programme, which runs from 26 July to 27 August, brings together public, voluntary and private sector organisations to provide support for potentially vulnerable young people to help increase skills, improve health and wellbeing and create opportunities with an additional aim of reducing levels of anti-social behaviour.
Deputy Staffordshire Commissioner for Police, Fire & Rescue and Crime, Helen Fisher said: ‘The excitement and joy of the young people at today’s activity in Tunstall was fantastic to see. After an extremely difficult 18 months it was wonderful that the young people were outside getting active and enjoying themselves in such a healthy, positive way.
‘These activities are all about providing an opportunity for Staffordshire Police and partners to engage with young people who may be going through a difficult time to help nurture, support and develop them.’
Councillor Dave Evans, cabinet member for children and young people said: ‘We are delighted to be supporting SPACE once again; the programme plays such an important role within the local community and provides the children in our city with fun activities and the opportunity to learn new skills.’
Details of activities including how to book and guidance around Covid-19 are available on the Space website, www.staffordshirespace.uk.
· All activities must be pre-booked through the information provided on the Space website.
· Once a booking is confirmed, all children and young people must apply for a Space 2021 Registration Card, which must be produced at every Space activity attended.
· Children and Young People are only able to attend activities that take place within the local authority area in which they live.