A group of youngsters have learnt lifesaving skills as part of a programme to boost their confidence.
Seven young people from North Tyneside Council’s supporting families programme completed a four-day Phoenix course run by Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service.
Since the course was introduced we have seen successes with young people changing their lives for the betterDistrict Manager for North Tyneside, Graeme Hurst
The Phoenix programme – for 12 to 17-year-olds – aims to change attitudes and behaviour, instil confidence and self-esteem, discipline and self-discipline, team working and social skills.
Four boys and three girls took part in the latest course, culminating in them presenting a fire drill display in front of their families at Tynemouth Community Fire Station.
The group was also awarded individual certificates in basic life support, risk assessment and work experience.
District manager for North Tyneside, Graeme Hurst, said: “Since the course was introduced we have seen successes with young people changing their lives for the better.”
“As well as educating young people about the dangers of fire, fire setting and hoax calls, the activities have a range of other benefits.
“They can help build self-confidence, general safety awareness and social responsibility, all of which help the community at large to be safe.”
Tyne and Wear Fire Authority member, Coun Carole Burdis, said: “This has been a really positive experience for all of the young people involved and they have all grown in confidence as a result.
“The Phoenix programme is a very successful partnership and the young people who completed the course should be very proud of themselves.
“Some of them are now interested in becoming young firefighters, which is excellent news.
“I hope the lessons they have learned stand them in good stead for the future.”