YOUNG people are learning life and social skills thanks to a project funded by the fire service.
Hundreds of young people are taking part in activities at the JADE youth and community centre in Dinnington aimed at providing children with social, educational, economic and employment opportunities to help progress in life.
The centre, which was partly funded by South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority’s funding scheme, Stronger Safer Communities Reserve, has seen children as young as seven taking part in the activities, projects and educational talks delivered.
The fire service said JADE, which is funded for at least another year, offered a safe and fun environment for young people to socialise and attend sessions covering fire safety, road traffic collisions and road safety, anti-social behaviour, drugs and alcohol.
Head of the fire service’s Joint Community Safety Department, Steve Helps, said: “JADE has made a real impact on the lives of the young people who attend, offering a place to socialise and also to learn life values with the help of the amazing youth workers there who offer support and advice.”
A spokesperson from JADE said: “We really appreciate the support received from South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue.
“The funding provided has enabled us to deliver much-needed activities for children, young people and the wider community, creating a wide range of positive outcomes that support young people and address key community safety issues.
“Young people have taken part in educational activities that cover a diverse range of issues such as fire, road and water safety, drug and alcohol use and crime and offending, whilst being in a safe environment where they can socialise, access support and have fun.”