Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service celebrates 20 years of helping young people

Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service celebrates 20 years of helping young people

by Tom Martin (March 2021)

Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service (LFRS) are celebrating 20 years of running their Prince’s Trust Team programmes across multiple locations across the county. The programmes were first launched on 1 April 2001 and have had over 6,000 young people through their doors. 

The Prince’s Trust Team programme is a twelve-week course delivered by staff from LFRS in affiliation with The Prince’s Trust charity. It is a free programme for any employed or un-employed young people aged between 16-25 aimed to improve confidence, motivation and help young people learn new skills.

The programme includes work experience, careers advice, qualifications, challenging projects, community action projects and an action-packed team building week-long residential. Alongside all of this young people also gain a nationally recognised qualification.

Chief Fire Officer, Justin Johnston, said: “It is a fantastic accolade that Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service have been able to deliver these programmes consistently for twenty years no doubt shaping and improving the lives of so many young people during that time. Peter Holland, who was Chief Fire Officer of Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service back in 2001, made the right decision to bring the programme in-house. Prince’s Trust has been helping young lives since 1976 and their values absolutely align with Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service’s aims of making Lancashire safer. I have been pleased that we have been able to continue the mantle from Peter and achieve this milestone.”

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