Referring a young person.

If you are a teacher, police officer, social worker or other professional, here's everything you need to know about making a referral to the LIFE programme. 


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.

What is it?

What is the LIFE programme?

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.

Who is it for?

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. 

Do you know a young person who is or is at risk of:

  1. committing an offence or has behaviour issues.

  2. being involved in gangs or antisocial behaviour.

  3. is underperforming or has poor attendance at school or college.

  4. not being in Employment, Education or Training.

  5. being a 'Looked-after Child' or is leaving care.

  6. being a young carer.

  7. lacking positive direction and motivation.

Positive results

Over 50%

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.

Over 15,000

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.

What happens on the LIFE course?

A few days can be LIFE-changing... 

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!

8 reasons LIFE is great for young people

  1. Helps young people discover their unfulfilled potential.
  2. Builds confidence and self-esteem.
  3. Improves teamwork and social skills.
  4. Improves discipline and the individual’s work ethic.
  5. Teaches responsibility, respect and leadership from positive role models.
  6. Improves an understanding of consequences and making positive choices.
  7. Improves their employability and motivates them to build aspirations for their future.
  8. Provides an AQA accreditation.

Other LIFE courses

As well as our full 4 or 5-day LIFE course, we can also offer: 

Early Intervention LIFE Course

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.

Bespoke LIFE Course

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.

Do you know a young person who would benefit?

Contacting the LIFE Programme

If you would like us to support a young person you work with, please fill out our short form.

Make a referral

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To refer a young person, you'll have to have the consent of their parents, guardian or carer.

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