Staffordshire Space

Staffordshire Space

Fun activities for 8-17 year-olds during the school summer holiday across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.

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SPACE 2018 has been the biggest and best yet – with Staffordshire Commissioner Matthew Ellis continuing to support the summer activities project for young people. We are eagerly awaiting this years figures but the Space Programme in 2017 provided.

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SPACE continues to grow across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent, with early figures suggesting this years was the biggest and best yet.

The summer-long activities programme was reintroduced to the county in 2015 by the Staffordshire Commissioner for Police, Fire and Rescue and Crime, Matthew Ellis. Brought back following a successful scheme in the 1980s, the Space programme brings together police, public, voluntary and private sector organisations to help nurture, support and guide Staffordshire youngsters and discourage the potential for anti-social behaviour (ASB)

This year’s programme was the most ambitious and successful yet with a record number of places, and more than 1500 events being filled during the summer holiday period throughout Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent. Space 2018 was extended from 11-to-17-year-olds to eight-to-17-year-olds. And the figures show this summer’s scheme has been the most successful to date, certainly in terms of reducing ASB levels.

There was a county-wide reduction in police-recorded youth-related anti-social behaviour incidents throughout Staffordshire, with a 40.6 per cent drop on last year – which was on top of a significant drop between 2016 and ’17. There were 1100 recorded youth-related ASB incidents in the county in 2017, with 659 registered this summer.

Mr Ellis said: ‘Space is going from strength to strength and part of the ongoing promise to do more for young people. When I brought Space back in 2015 I couldn’t have imagined the success and the scale it would be in 2018. Valuing youngsters, providing new experiences and encouraging responsible citizenship is at the heart of what I hoped for. The figures for Space 2018 are extremely pleasing and the very essence of what we want to achieve. We had a huge turn-out of young people, a 41 per cent reduction in anti-social behaviour across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.’

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Commissioner Matthew Ellis said...

“Space is going from strength to strength and part of the ongoing promise to do more for young people. We’ve had huge numbers attending and levels of recorded youth-related ASB were significantly reduced compared to the previous year.

Staffordshire, like many areas, experiences higher rates of ASB during summer holidays than at other times and I’m keen that efforts are made to tackle the annual spike which happens year after year.

I was inspired by memories of the 1980s when officers from Staffordshire Police engaged in sport and other fun activities with local youngsters throughout the summer holidays. For youngsters of today, my approach to Space is very different. I first introduced a new look Space programme in 2015 by bringing police, public, voluntary and private sector organisations together to help nurture, support and guide local young people and to keep communities even safer.

Now, three years on, Space is going from strength to strength and my plan is to grow investment in the programme and widen its approach, while extending it to beyond just the summer holidays. Success for the youngsters is seen by the smiles on their faces, opportunities experienced for the first time and the things they’ve learned.

Space 2018 is aimed at increasing skills, improving health and wellbeing, and creating opportunities for young people to take part in positive activities to make communities safer and has previously run during the summer holidays. I believe joint investment in positive engagement will change attitudes and mindset of those participating and ultimately make the communities of Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent even safer.”

Want to know more about Staffordshire Space?

You can download and read a copy of the full Space 2017 final report here