BOOK IN FOR SPACE 2016

Staffordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis with members of the Attitude Streetcheer group as part of Space 2016 at Burntwood Leisure Centre last week.
Staffordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis with members of the Attitude Streetcheer group as part of Space 2016 at Burntwood Leisure Centre last week.

Space 2016 continues this week with hundreds of summer holiday activities on offer for youngsters across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.

Space was originally an activities scheme led by police in Staffordshire aimed at engaging young people before it stopped in the 1990s. Space 2016, co-ordinated by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Staffordshire, is aimed at increasing skills, improving health and wellbeing, and creating opportunities for young people aged 11 and 17 to take part in positive activities to make communities safer.

Over the summer holidays 3,100 individual indoor and outdoor activities – many of them free of charge – are on offer including archery, tobogganing, ice-skating, swimming, boxing, arts and crafts, wildlife, ten-pin bowling, den building, drama, DJ mixing, dodgeball, fishing, football, gymnastics, kayaking, military challenge, movies, skating, music, photography, street dance, tennis, wheelchair basketball and trampolining.

People are urged to visit the Space website at www.staffordshirespace.uk to find out more and book their places for activities which run until Friday 2 September.

Mr Ellis said:

“Space 2016 is up and running and we’ve had some great feedback so far. I’m getting out and about and witnessing Space in action and it’s wonderful to see the enthusiasm from the young people and organisations involved.

“Last year Space saw more than 13,300 attendances by young people and it was great to see such positive activities taking place. The money I have pledged will help to increase young people’s personal skills and improve their health and general wellbeing by creating opportunities for them to get involved in during the school summer holiday. I also hope in the future we can start to get more adults involved in helping out with Space and volunteering.

“Meanwhile, places are getting booked up fast for Space 2016 so check out the website and yours soon.”