A fun-filled event at the Castle Grounds, Tamworth signalled the official launch of a summer of activity for Space 2022.
Staffordshire Commissioner for Police, Fire & Rescue and Crime, Ben Adams dropped into the event, which was organised by Tamworth Borough Council and Community Together CIC, to see young people trying their hand at a surf simulator, mini athletics and the opportunity to watch the Commonwealth Games on the big screen.
The summer programme, which runs from 25 July to 26 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.
Other activities taking place across Tamworth over the next five weeks include hiking trips, climbing walls, kayaking, archery and trampolining. Places are still available but booking up fast.
Staffordshire Commissioner for Police, Fire & Rescue and Crime, Ben Adams said: “The excitement and joy of the young people at today’s activity in Tamworth was fantastic to see. The Space scheme clearly makes a difference, providing memorable experiences for many while diverting some away from potential involvement in low-level crime and anti-social behaviour.
“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 and this is why I have committed to Space running for a further three years.”
Tamworth Councillor Martin Summers said: “It’s fantastic that the Space scheme has returned. I used to take part in Space when I was younger and have many happy memories. The scheme gives you the opportunity to try things you haven’t tried before and most activities are completely free of charge. Anything that gets young people outside being active is great and I hope it continues long into the future.”
Details of activities including how to book are available on the Space website so check out what is going on in your area: www.staffordshirespace.uk