We aim to create a safer community by reducing anti-social behaviour and fire setting crime among young people. The primary focus is to make learning a positive experience that inspires them to become role models within their own peer group.
Prince's Trust believe that every young person should have the chance to embrace exciting opportunities. Here at West Sussex Fire & Rescue we are delivering an exciting new course called 'Get Started' in partnership with Prince's Trust. This is aimed at 16-25 year olds who are not in education, employment or training. (NEET).
April 2021 will see our first Prince's Trust Get Started course in Health and Fitness. Working with West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service staff in this week-long course, you will work towards personal and group challenges.
The course is free and does not affect benefits, universal credit or a young person’s job seeker's allowance. It provides one-to-one support to help you think about what you would like to do after the course finishes. You can gain certificates and potentially a qualification.
The course will take place between Monday 19 April and Friday 23 April 2021. It will help you:
- build emotional resilience
- gain confidence
- develop skills and knowledge in independent working, self-care, problem solving and healthy living
- gain experience and understanding in health and fitness.
Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions this course will be run digitally. It will consist of physical activity and recovery sessions, nutrition and self-care including mental health. By the end of 2021 we are hoping to run a Get Started in Football which will be face-to-face (depending on COVID restrictions).
To apply for the course, complete the expression of interest form below and email it to the address below.
Students attend a fire station for a week, taking part in a structured, disciplined programme of events that combines practical training with classroom-based workshops.
Young people are nominated by their school from years 8 and 9 for FireBreak for a variety of reasons. These can include:
- low self-esteem and confidence
- being bullied or bullying
- being on the brink of exclusion from school
- generally struggling within the school environment.
Young people are offered the opportunity to make alternative choices in life through reflective learning, and they respond well to the use of firefighters as role models.
Other areas the Targeted Education Team covers include:
- school education
- Early Years learning
- Junior Citizens
- pilot work with the Prince's Trust.