A fishing session in Cheadle was the latest in a packed programme of fun summer activities taking place as part of Space 2022.
Deputy Staffordshire Commissioner for Police, Fire & Rescue and Crime, Helen Fisher dropped into the fishing activity, organised by Staffordshire Youth Offending and the Canal & River Trust and held at Blakehall Fisheries, to see young people trying their hand at a new activity.
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 the Staffordshire Moorlands include cinema trips, gym sessions, watersports, football and youth clubs. Places are still available but booking up fast.
Deputy Commissioner Helen Fisher said: “The excitement and joy of the young people trying a new activity at Blakehall Fisheries today was fantastic to see. After a difficult couple of years, 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.”
Nicola Bull, Senior Practitioner with the Youth Offending Team, said: “We’ve had the benefit of working with Space on targeted activities for the last two years, and we’ve been able to build on them and see them go from strength to strength.
“It’s great to come here today and see the young people having an amazing experience and creating some absolutely brilliant memories – but also a legacy for activities they can take forward beyond the summer. Working in conjunction with these organisations, we can secure rod licences and access to fishing points, giving young people the opportunity to take part in an activity they can continue to enjoy in the future.”
Details of activities, including how to book, are available on the Space website so check out what’s going on in your area.