A wildlife session at The Wolseley Centre near Rugeley 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 session, organised by the Staffordshire Wildlife Trust, to see young people enjoying shelter building, fire lighting, minibeast hunting, bird spotting, balancing on a slackline, swinging in hammocks, mindfulness crafts, sculpting with natural clay and more.
The Space 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 region 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 The Wolseley Centre 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.”
Aimee Burrows, Senior Wildchild Officer at The Wolseley Centre, said: “We are so grateful to Space for providing funding to be able to create these free opportunities for young people. Our getwild sessions highlight how young people can safely utilise their local greenspaces, learn new skills and have fun.”
Details of activities including how to book are available on the Space website so check out what’s going on in your area.