First Steps to Success

Young people have taken their first steps in learning new skills and increasing their chances of getting a job as they got together to kick-start the latest programme of courses organised by Cleveland Fire Brigade in partnership with the National Citizen Service.

The initial team building session at Middlesbrough Community Fire Station will be followed by residential outdoor activities in the Lake District and a series of community projects

The young people are from the Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council area and the programme has been organised by Cleveland Fire Brigade’s Youth Engagement Team led by Commissioned Services Manager Helen Winskill.

She said: “It is a hugely exciting opportunity for teenagers to develop team working and leadership skills, boost their confidence and also get out and about to design projects to help the local community.

The sessions at Middlesbrough station were a great way to start the latest programme and give those taking part the chance to meet each other for the first time, have fun and take part in team building on the climbing wall and other activities. As well canoeing, rafting and climbing in the Lake District, they will also take part in firefighter training and deliver community projects to help local people.

They have already shown tremendous enthusiasm, commitment, dedication and a willingness to learn”.

All participants will be awarded nationally recognised volunteering qualifications as well as being presented with National Citizen Service completion certificate signed by Prime Minister Theresa May.

Last summer across the whole of the Tees Valley almost 1,000 teenagers completed NCS programmes and organised around 60 youth-led community programmes