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The Youth Interventions Team specialise in working with young people across West Yorkshire who may be identified as likely to need or instigate any of the blue light services now or in their futures.

We deliver a range of highly engaging Youth Intervention Programmes which aim to make West Yorkshire safer both by providing essential safety experiences and by challenging young people to change behaviours. Young people on our interventions develop essential skills and qualities such as resilience and team work through a variety of activities and practical experiences.

Our interventions are developed and delivered by specialist Youth Intervention Trainers alongside our team of Youth Instructors who are all active Firefighters.

We work closely with partner agencies, organisations and schools to be the catalyst for change which many young people need to help them progress and become safer, productive members of our community.

In 2016 the team received an Excellence in the Fire Service Award for an outstanding and innovative approach to partnership working.

SHORT INTERVENTIONS

These programmes develop character in young people by challenging their confidence, resilience, integrity and determination. They are practical and fast paced utilising firefighting skills to promote behaviour change to enable young people to face the challenges of life, society and future employment.

SHOUT

Giving young people something to SHOUT about, this programme is high impact with a focus on the development of practical firefighting skills to boost confidence and self-esteem. The course develops confidence as well as raising awareness of fire and road safety.

Primary age school children 8-11 years.

6 week course, 2 hours per week.

Number of learners Cost
6-10 £975
Up to 15 £1,248

GRIT

Gaining resilience in teamwork, this programme encourages young people to work together to achieve. This high energy course uses practical challenges to develop and stretch their ability to work together. Individual skills are appreciated and celebrated.

Can be adapted to be longer or shorter as required.

Secondary age pupils 11-16 years.

10 week course, 2½ hours per week.

Number of learners Cost
6-10 £1,820
Up to 15 £2,388

 

FIREFIT

This practical and active programme gets young people improving their lifestyle by focusing on physical and mental health and wellbeing.

Healthy living, eating and lifestyles are explored through a practical experience of using firefighter equipment in an innovative and inspiring way.

This can be delivered during school hours, after school or as a holiday programme.

Primary age school children 8-11 years.

6-8 weeks, 2/3 hours per week.

Number of learners Cost
6-10

£975/£1,365

Up to 15

£1,248/£1,774

FIREWORK

Employability skills are a key part of a young person’s development. This programme is an alternative to work experience. Developing skills essential for any work place through a series of structured practical tasks, with particular emphasis on time keeping, responsibility, health and safety, working with others and discipline.

Can be delivered in morning or afternoon sessions or whole days during Monday – Friday.

Groups could be aged between 14-18 years.

One week, 3½ or 5 hours per day.

Number of learners Cost
6-10 £1,295/£2, 106
Up to 15 £1,720/£2,815

 

YOUNG FIREFIGHTERS ACCREDITED COURSES

We are an excellent offsite provider for ages 14 - 18 years, utilising the skills and experience of operational firefighters in a real world learning environment. Over forty schools have commissioned us to deliver their alternative provision and courses can be adapted to suit the needs of the young people and the main education provider.

BTEC LEVEL 2: FIRE SAFETY IN THE COMMUNITY

This course looks at the role of a firefighter in relation to response, protection and prevention of fires. Hugely practical, young people on the course are put through their paces and given the skills of a young firefighter over two years, developing individually and as a group.

  • Level 2 BTEC
  • Ability to work together
  • Builds self-confidence and resilience
  • Practical firefighting skills and ability
  • Self-discipline and determination
  • Develops leadership knowledge and ability
  • Time management and problem solving
  • Understanding of fire safety in the community
  • Developing citizenship and an understanding of social responsibilities.

2 YEAR CERTIFICATE OR 1 YEAR AWARD Can be adapted to suit
the school timetable
and delivered most
days of the week in a morning or afternoon.

Prices are based on an average course which is delivered 2 1/2 hours per week for 37 weeks per year.

Number of learners Cost
6-10 £6,512
Up to 15 £8,822

BTEC LEVEL 1: HEALTH AND ACTIVE LEISURE

This course develops young people’s health and fitness alongside the skills of fire and rescue services in the community. Focusing on the importance being physically active for a role in a public uniformed service such as the FRS, this course will also develop vital employability skills for future careers.

  • BTEC Level 1 in Health and Active Leisure and the potential to achieve a BTEC Level 2 Fire Safety in the Community.
  • Understanding of health and fitness for physical and mental wellbeing
  • Increased participation in sport
  • Building self-confidence and resilience
  • Practical firefighting skills and ability
  • Self-discipline and determination
  • Developing leadership knowledge and ability
  • Understanding of fire safety in the community.

1 year Certificate or 1 year award. This course can be adapted to suit the school timetable and delivered most days of the week in a morning or afternoon.

Prices are based on an average course which is delivered 2 1/2 hours per week for 37 weeks per year.

Number of learners Cost
6-10 £6,512
Up to 15 £8,822

PUBLIC UNIFORMED SERVICES

We can provide excellent support to you in the following units of the Level 1, 2 or 3 BTEC Public Services;

  • Leadership and Teamwork
  • Understanding Discipline
  • Fitness Testing and Training
  • Command and Control
  • Responding to Emergency Service Incidents

Numerous practical scenarios, such as ‘House Fire – Persons Reported’ or ‘Road Traffic Collison’ are used to allow the students to practice, develop, demonstrate and evidence their ability of the above skills. We can contribute to the achievement of any unit on a BTEC Public Uniformed Services Course.

A 2½ hours per week, for 12 weeks.

Prices are based on an average course which is delivered 2 1/2 hours per week for 37 weeks per year.

Number of learners Cost
6-10 £2,050
Up to 15 £2,732

 

 

EDUCATIONAL INTERVENTIONS

All educational talks are free of charge but are intended for youth groups, youth services, youth offending teams, Prince’s Trust programmes and any other agency working with identified vulnerable young people.

SHORT TALKS

Consequences of Arson

Around 40% of fires in West Yorkshire are started deliberately. Many of these are small bin and refuse fires and they can lead to the diversion of resources from life threatening incidents. This session is an adaptable and open discussion between a highly experienced youth trainer and young people on the consequences of arson for themselves, their family, friends and the community.

Road Safety Awareness

An adaptable session for young people of all ages including awareness of the dangers of being a pedestrian all the way through to the causes of road traffic collisions and the impact on victims, family, friends and the community. It will enable young people to make fully informed and therefore better decisions when using the roads as either a pedestrian, passenger or driver.

ASB Impact

Young people engaging in and experiencing ASB has a negative impact on communities and also has a detrimental effect on an individual’s future progression. With the increase in hate crimes, attacks on fire fighters and young people experiencing ASB, this session has been designed to help young people identify how engaging in ASB could impact the people in their communities and their own futures, what the consequence of ASB are and what preventative measures they can take to reduce the risk of them been involved.

FIRESETTER INTERVENTION

If you know of a young person who has demonstrated “fire setting behaviour”, please make a referral to us immediately so we can assess their need for this intervention.

What is firesetting?

Young people can be interested in fire from a very young age and may show ‘firesetting’ behaviour from as young as two or three years old. early intervention can significantly reduce the chance of this behaviour continuing.

Firesetter Intervention includes an enhanced Home Fire Safety Check and the fitting of additional smoke detectors, as well as education on the dangers of playing with or using fire inappropriately. the intervention is usually conducted at home on a one-to-one basis, but can be delivered in other appropriate locations if necessary and include other young people when appropriate. referrals can come from parents, carers, educators or a relevant person to the young person.

The intervention includes age appropriate messages about the dangers and consequences of playing with fire. games, DVDs and visual images, as well as age appropriate cases,  are used to describe the impact of fire. For the youngest age a simple message of ‘No, this is dangerous so stay away! Yes, this is sage, so play’ is used. For older children, the speed and spread of fire is discussed and linked to all the possible outcomes of a fire

Outcomes

After the delivery of the Firesetter Intervention, if a period of three months is monitored with no firesetting, the young person is awarded a WYFRS certificate. In 99% of cases, the behaviour stops. In the few cases where this intervention has not presented firesetting behaviour, WYFRS will work with partner agencies to look at other ways to engage with the young person about the dangers this behaviour poses.

TARGETED INTERVENTION DAYS

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Targeted intervention days are a combination of the intervention education sessions relating to the issues young people face and practical firefighting activities. They are a high-intensity experience day for the most vulnerable young people who are most at risk of becoming disengaged with education and society. The day will challenge young people’s perceptions and ask them to take responsibility for their action on specific risks or local issues.

These sessions can be adapted to suit any group and be used to tackle specific issues. The one day sessions can accommodate up to 20 young people and be completed between 10 am and 3 pm or between 4 pm and 9 pm. The later sessions can also act as a diversionary activity around peak times for blue light calls to prevent high levels of antisocial behaviour (ASB).

Outcomes

Targeted intervention days aim to reduce the number of specific issues a local area experiences through an engaging and challenging activity for the young people involved. During the day, young people will be given the chance to work together to solve problems, be given confidence to try something new, and build a relationship with their local fire station.

Themes

The five hour sessions can cover one of the following themes:

SPARKS

An experience-orientated session looking at the dangers of fire setting and ASB.

SPLASH

An interactive day focusing on the issues surrounding open water. It investigates what consequences could be of misusing open water and looks at plans to keep safe

ACTION STRIKE BACK

A challenging and provoking session for those involved with ASB, focusing on what else these young people can do for the world around them.

CRACKERS

Challenging young people to consider the effects of ASB and playing with fireworks and during the bonfire night period, or at other times of the year if an issue arises.

FAST, FURIOUS & FATAL

A session to look at road safety and the consequences of reckless driving, practically investigating what the aftermath of a crash is.

5 hour sessions.

Number of learners Cost
1-10 £520
Up to 20 £633

CRASH & BURN

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An intense challenge to develop resilience in young people. Course participants – min 6 and max 15 young people.

Target group

For agencies which support and engage groups of young people aged 16 to 25, with the aim of progressing their personal development and specifically improving thier resilience.

What is Crash & Burn?

For agencies which support and engage groups of young people aged 16 to 25, with the aim of progressing their personal development and specifically improving thier resilience.

Why are we doing this course?

For agencies which support and engage groups of young people aged 16 to 25, with the aim of progressing their personal development and specifically improving thier resilience.

Outcomes

For agencies which support and engage groups of young people aged 16 to 25, with the aim of progressing their personal development and specifically improving thier resilience.

Ages 16 to 25

3 days, 5 hour per day

Number of learners Cost
1-15

£100 pp + one off £150 admin fee

GET STARTED WITH BOXING

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WYFRS deliver “Get Started with Boxing” in Partnership with the Prince’s Trust. The programme is 3 weeks long and runs twice a year from Stanningley Fire Station.

The programme is an intense personal development experience for young people who have faced challenges and want to make the first step in turning their life around. The programme combines physical training, mental resilience and personal development activities to help young people feel they have the confidence to take the next step in life.

The programme has been incredibly successful with most young people progressing into further training, education or employment.

If you are aged 16-25 and you are interested in applying for this course, please register your interest on the Prince’s Trust Website.

All of our Interventions are commissioned by partner agencies and schools who work with young people who face challenges in education, housing, health and wellbeing and barriers including poverty, troubled home life, mental health issues and perhaps being involved in anti-social or criminal behaviour and drug or alcohol issues. Low economic wellbeing and deprivation is a key indicator of higher demand for the response services provided by WYFRS so working with partners who support young people in these situations is essential prevention work.

Recently we have worked closely with both Yorkshire Sport Foundation and the Prince’s Trust developing new and innovative ways for our services to jointly improve safety, wellbeing and outcomes for young people.

See our programmes page for more information on Get Started with Boxing.


WYFRS and Prince’s Trust Team Collaboration

WYFRS are working collaboratively with the Prince’s Trust Team Programme to support 15 young people who face multiple challenges through an intensive 12 week personal development.  This collaboration achieves essential prevention work for our community through supporting a community project and a social action Team Challenge in which the young people will deliver crucial fire safety awareness to some of our most vulnerable groups and individuals.

 

We have worked with West Yorkshire Sport to get funding to deliver FireFit and Crash & Burn. Working in partnership to help the most inactive young members of our community explore healthy lifestyles, get active and improve their emotional resilience has been incredibly successful in improving outcomes for our young people.

Prevention work is essential to WYFRS and we are committed to delivering these interventions to all the young people who need them to make West Yorkshire Safer. We invest a lot of resource and specialist skills in our Interventions. However there are some costs we must recover through external funding.

Please do not be deterred from requesting an intervention because of funding. In some cases we already have external funding to cover your costs or we can help you apply for funding.

We can also help partners share cohorts to reduce costs and accommodate smaller learner numbers

If you have a young person or group of young people who will benefit from our Interventions, please just contact us and let’s sort the funding out together.

If you are interested in becoming a partner, please contact:

The Youth Interventions Team

01934 333340