Due to the Covid-19 pandemic we’ve temporarily suspended the LIFE programme. However, you can still make a referral below and once we return to our normal activities we’ll start allocating young people onto courses again.
Local Intervention Fire Education (LIFE) is a 4 or 5 day programme for 14–17-year-olds at a fire station in your area.
It is an interactive experience for young people who have faced challenges, to learn transferable skills through firefighting activities.
The programme has been designed for vulnerable young people who need a little extra help. The young people we support – and their needs – are as diverse as our communities, but if you can say yes to one or more of the following points, LIFE might be good for the young person you support.
committing an offence or has behaviour issues.
being involved in gangs or antisocial behaviour.
is underperforming or has poor attendance at school or college.
not being in Employment, Education or Training.
being a 'Looked-after Child' or is leaving care.
being a young carer.
lacking positive direction and motivation.
of parents and carers have said their young people have a ‘very good awareness of antisocial behaviour and its effect on their community’ after attending a LIFE course.
of the most disadvantaged and vulnerable young people have been helped through attending a LIFE course.
of the young people surveyed were positively impacted by the LIFE course.
of young people who have graduated from the LIFE course have gone on to further education, higher education, apprenticeships, training or employment after attending the course.
Challenging, engaging and interactive, the LIFE course mimics the real job of a firefighter as participants take part in a range of activities which include using ladders, breathing apparatus equipment, and learning casualty rescue techniques.
At the end of the week, parents, carers and professionals are invited to attend the young person’s passing out ceremony to showcase what they have achieved. Young people who have completed the LIFE course leave feeling motivated, with a new sense of direction and positive aspirations for their future. Some of them even go on to become firefighters!
As well as our full 4 or 5-day LIFE course, we can also offer:
LIFE is currently piloting an Early Intervention course aimed at 11-13-year-olds. Staying true to the ethos of LIFE, this course is designed to educate and influence positive decision-making at an earlier age.
It is possible to organise a bespoke course for your students or residents. These courses can be tailored for a flexible duration and we can deliver these with input from our partner agencies. Topics can include healthy living, sexual health, healthy relationships, cyber safety, money management, CV writing, interview skills, raising aspirations, reduction of antisocial behaviour, and raising awareness of gun and knife crime. Bespoke sessions are tailored to your young people's needs.
If you would like us to support a young person you work with, please fill out our short form.