News from Lifestyle

The Latest news from the Humberside Police Lifestyle Team!

17th October 2014
Lifestyle finalists announced!!!!!!!
Thousands of young people have worked tens of thousands of hours to improve their local communities and make a difference to where they live as part of the Humberside Police Lifestyle project. As a result, members of the community are now feeling safer and have positively acknowledged and praised Lifestylers on their endeavours, resulting in boosting team members’ confidence and sense of achievement.
Following an intense month of judging we are delighted to reveal our Lifestyle finalists of the competition; the minimum prize each team has won is a fantastic team building adventure experience to France including two days to Disney Land Paris.  The overall champions of Lifestyle will be announced at the prestigious Lifestyle Awards on the 12th November at the Hull City Hall and will scoop a holiday of a lifetime to Florida! 

Our finalists are….

 Hot Tigers, Bridlington
 DZA’s, Rawcliffe, Goole
 Awesome 4Some, South Cave
 Random Acts of Kindness (RAOKS), Hull
 Born This Way, Hull

Primary Judge, Judith Cutts of the Humberside Police Community Safety Unit’s Youth Engagement Team said “The standard of Lifestyle projects submitted this year has been outstanding, teams have spent a significant amount of time working voluntarily to benefit their local communities.  The finalist teams should be incredibly proud of themselves for what they have achieved during the summer holidays.”

Dr Diana Taylor of BP the Principal Supporter, and a member of the judging panel said “I have been amazed and inspired by the range and stretch of the challenges faced by our Lifestyle finalists this year and would like to congratulate each of them.  I am so looking forward to meeting the teams and discovering more about their achievements and the journeys they have taken to complete these projects over the recent months.  BP are long term supporters of Lifestyle and are proud to be part of a programme which provides our young people with such exciting and rewarding challenges whilst developing the future health and wellbeing of their communities”.

Awesome 4some
Sophie, Eleanor, Abigail and Grace
Adult Adviser: Adriana
The aim of the Awesome 4some was to raise awareness of Down Syndrome and raise vital funds for Downright Special, a local charity who offer support to children with Down Syndrome and their families.
The girls took part in a number of fundraising activities throughout the summer including a fun day, the school summer fete and a non-uniform day. They organised ‘Swim a Mile and Smile’ wearing funky ‘duck’ swimming caps to the delight of team mascot and brother, Teddy!
They designed an information leaflet regarding Down Syndrome and organised an information stand in St Stephens Shopping Centre to raise awareness of the condition and collect donations for Downright Special.
The Awesome 4some were also busy fundraising for and arranging a free music time session designed to help children with Downs discover, enjoy music and make new friends. This provided a support network for their parents. The children enjoyed singing and playing instruments, the drums were definitely the most popular! The team prepared a questionnaire for parents to complete and identified that there is a gap for a group such as this and hope that it can become a permanent activity, extending to include children with all learning disabilities.
As a lasting reminder of their project the Awesome 4some donated a tree and plaque to St Anne’s School which they hope the children will enjoy watching grow and decorate.

The team say in their log that “by setting yourselves targets and working together as a team, all your ambitions can be achieved.” 

Born This Way
Joe, Becca, Holly, Bella and Amber
Adult Adviser: Sarah

Born This Way decided to tackle a very difficult subject for their project this year; to raise awareness of the need for targeted bereavement support for young people in schools.  Whilst doing this, they raised a substantial amount of funding for Dove House Hospice and Macmillan Cancer Support to thank the charities for the support given to local families.
They undertook a number of fundraising activities which ranged from a sponsored walk across the Humber Bridge, holding stalls and tombolas at fun days and bag packs.
The team conducted a lot of research and met with Bereavement Charities and specialists in education and were given leaflets and information sheets to use during their projects. They were invited to become members of a committee dealing with bereavement support in schools. The team also organised a bereavement support event, featuring specialist guest speakers and invited all Hull Schools to attend, along with representatives from health and other charities.
Born This Way wanted to leave a lasting legacy with their project and create a space where people could go and remember a loved one. They and decided to create a remembrance garden in Cottingham where people can go and tie a ribbon to remember their loved ones. The team negotiated with Cottingham Paris Council and were given permission to create the garden. They also made a bereavement video to be used in schools.
The team say “We have learnt how to work together, how to negotiate with adults and how we can make a change by making lots of small steps to get to our goal”. 


Hot Tigers
Priya, Kavita, Chloe and Claire
Adult Adviser: Jaz
For their Lifestyle 2014 project the Hot Tigers chose to address the ‘hot’ topic of bullying together with raising funds for Tofs, a charity which supports the families of children born with Tracheo-Oesophageal Fistula (TOF) syndrome, a condition which affects a child’s ability to swallow. The girls chose to support this charity as a local school boy has this condition; they also helped out at the Salvation Army.
The Hot Tigers planned and produced their own moving film which is accompanied by music by a local artist, showing the story of a victim of bullying and the effect bullying can have. The DVD will be shown in local schools to educate young people and the team also hope to educate parents around this difficult subject. The film is available to watch online at or type in ‘Priya Kaur’ and ‘bullying’ into the search panel.  Although making the video was incredibly hard work the team were happy that their endeavours paid off as the finished product looked amazing. The team attended a number of events, where they raised the awareness of bullying by handing out information leaflets.
They took part in a number of fundraising activities including a sponsored walk and held a tombola at the Lions festival.  They spent many days helping out at the Salvation Army café and lunch club, entertaining visitors with a dance routine and helping with their fundraising efforts.
The girls also helped the less fortunate in the community by making up hygiene packs for the homeless and food bags for families in need. 

The DZA’s
Zak, Alex and Daniel
Adult Adviser: Jane

The DZA’s left a lasting legacy for the children of Creykes Pre-School of Reedness, when they decided to transform a grassed area donated by the local doctors’ surgery and design, develop and build a fun, exciting and safe outdoor place for the children to learn and play in which they have never previously had. The team undertook a lot of research and met with the manager of the Pre-School to discuss ideas and requirements for the play area.
The team successfully managed to source essential materials for their project from numerous local companies and recycled and re-used many donated items from within the community. They got very hands on with making and painting equipment for the play area and made amongst other things a fantastic tyre sandpit, Nessie, a mud kitchen with recipe book! Chalk boards and a road with traffic lights. The boys looked at the Early Years Curriculum and have provided an outdoor space which meets all of the areas of learning for the children, without this space the Pre-School would not meet the recommendations of Ofsted.
Finally, DZA arranged an official Open Day for the play area and unveiled it to the children, Tommy walked into the garden for the first time, his mouth wide open and he was speechless which is apparently a first! The Director of the Pre-School stated that “Creykes Pre-School is indebted to the dedication of the Lifestyle team who have spent the majority of their holidays obtaining materials and creating such a fantastic area”.
The boys have gained many new skills during this project but above all say that “it is about helping others not your self!” 

The RAOKS (Random Acts of Kindness)
Mason, Finlay and Cole
Adult Adviser: Craig
“All it takes is one random act of kindness to make a massive difference to someone’s life” as quoted by the team.
The RAOKS decided to help charities in the local community who provide vital services to the homeless population in Hull. They did this by volunteering at a Street Kitchen every Wednesday night preparing and serving food to the homeless as well as raising money for these charities. They also made up packs of vital supplies for the homeless which were presented in their special RAOKS bags.
Through their fundraising the team managed to donate a large rabbit hutch to Matthews Enterprise Farm which is run by and provides education to people with learning disabilities. The hutch enabled the less able bodied clients to participate in areas of running the farm that they had not previously been able to reach. The boys spent time making bee houses to encourage wildlife into gardens and donated these to Avocet Trust for use in the gardens of adults with learning difficulties.
To accomplish all of this, the boys completed a sponsored mountain climb, contacted local businesses to secure donations and held stalls at various events. They also organised their own fun day overcoming great difficulties to do this including the lorry delivering the bouncy castle and slush machine breaking down, the bad luck didn’t stop there as the Great British weather was not on their side, however, none of this dampened their high spirits.

The team’s final act of kindness was to purchase a generator for a homeless outreach project to enable them to serve hot food. 








5th September 2014 
Time for teams to return their Lifestyle log books!!!
Thousands of young people have been working hard on their Lifestyle projects over the summer to improve their local communities and as a result, members of the community are now feeling safer and team members are more confident. 

As Lifestylers now return to school, it is the time for teams to put the finishing touches to their Lifestyle Log books and drop them into their local police station in an envelope clearly marked ‘Lifestyle’, to be in with a chance of scooping one of the amazing prizes we have on offer, including our top prize of a holiday of a lifetime to Disney World Florida!
Our panel of primary judges are ready and waiting to read every log book submitted.  This mammoth task takes approximately one month to complete, top teams will be invited to the glittering Lifestyle Awards in November.

Judith Cutts of the Humberside Police Youth Engagement team, and primary judge said, “I am looking forward to starting the Lifestyle judging, as we finally get to hear about all the good work which has been going on throughout the summer, learning how Lifestylers have made a difference in their local communities in a wide variety of ways. I am aware that some teams have been working hard to support local charities, assist those less fortunate and safeguarding by providing essentials for needy members of our community.”

Each team who return a project will receive a signed certificate from the Chief Constable to form part of their National Record of Achievement, we also have an amazing array of prizes on offer ranging from, gift vouchers, ‘Hot Rides’ at Silverstone, day trips to Flamingo Land and Alton Towers, and not forgetting the major prizes of PGL Adventure holidays to Wales and France. The overall winners of Lifestyle will win the holiday of a lifetime to Florida! 

Lifestyle is now entering its twenty-sixth year and has attracted a staggering 158,000 participants working in excess of 2 ½ million hours to make a difference to their local communities to help others during the summer holidays.  Each year, Lifestyle offers young people aged between 10 to 16 years of age many opportunities to make positive contributions to their local communities, whilst learning essential life-skills, gain in confidence and self esteem, whilst reducing the fear of crime within communities.

Lifestylers are encouraged to return their Lifestyle projects as soon as possible by dropping them into their local police stations clearly marked ‘Lifestyle’ any log books received after the 1st October cannot be judged but will receive a certificate.

15th August 2014
Introducing Lifestyle Youth Division
Building upon the success of the Humberside Police Lifestyle project, we are opening up the Lifestyle experience to youth groups/sporting clubs and other youth provisions in the Hull area; giving them the opportunity to sign up for Lifestyle 2014 ‘Youth Division’ as a team entry.   This can involve as many or as few young people as groups wish, aged 10 upwards. 

Lifestyle Youth Division has the same ethos and principals of Lifestyle, helping to improve the community in the broadest sense. 

One of the first groups to sign up for Lifestyle Youth Division are The Hut youth group, based on Preston Road, Hull.  They are keen to help us encourage more youth groups and youth provisions to get involved.  With this in mind, we have joined forces with Hull KR, who will be on hand to motivate team members and inspire them to make a difference in their local communities.

Shaun Briscoe, partnership Liaison Officer from Hull KR said, “The Humberside Police Lifestyle Youth Division offers Hull KR a great opportunity for us to jointly inspire young people across the city to help improve their local communities.  It also helps us keep young people safe from harm whilst positively engaging them in worthwhile activities, helping teams realise their potential and learn new skills.”

To get involved in Lifestyle Youth Division, all groups need to do is:
 Get one of your youth workers to register your team by contacting us on 01482 220700 or email us at with your clubs contact/mailing details. We will send a Lifestyle Youth Division pack to you.
 We have a limited number of FREE Lifestyle t-shirts available for team members, let us know how many young people are involved in your group
 As a group, complete a log book, to tell us what you’ve been up to. You can work from now until the end of September 2014. Return log books to us by 3rd October for judging.
 Get busy and let us know what you are up to during your challenge and we will promote your endeavours on our website and on Twitter!

 The top Lifestyle Youth Division team will receive a cash donation towards buying equipment for their youth group.
 Every member taking part will receive a certificate of recognition signed by the Chief Constable to form part of your National Record of Achievement!

Lisa Whitton of the Humberside Police Youth Engagement team said, “This is an exciting time for Humberside Police to build upon the success of Lifestyle, by empowering teams from youth groups and other clubs to use their spare time proactively to support local communities. Lifestyle Youth Division gives us an ideal opportunity to engage with groups, encouraging them to keep safe by encouraging them to get involved and make a difference.”

For more information
Contact the Youth Engagement Team 01482 220702


Updated: 6th August 2014
Success for Lifestyle team Ramp-age-us

Last summer Lifestyle team Ramp-Age-Us made up of team members, Jake, Joshua, Elizabeth, Charles and Ellie, identified the need for disabled access at the local War Memorial Hall in Gilberdyke.

The team spent a mammoth amount of time; researching and liaising with key members of the hall, then gained the relevant permission.  The team held numerous fundraising events including stalls, car boot sales a non-uniform day, along with a triathlon featuring a sponsored walk, ten-mile bike ride and sponsored swim.

The team have informed us today, following several months of confirming arrangements with building contractors and suppliers the ramp has now been installed for wheelchair users. Needless to say the team are an incredibly pleased that they have finally completed their project, providing the village with a much needed resource.

The team would like to thank all of their supporters who made their project a reality.

Lisa Whitton of the Humberside Police Youth Engagement team said, “We are incredibly proud of the team.  The sheer magnitude of this project has been immense, as the team have worked incredibly hard to complete their project overcoming a whole range of challenges.  The ramp has exceeded expectations of members of the community, enabling everyone to have the ease of access to the village hall bringing the community together as a whole.  Well done!”

16th July 2014
Lions meet the Tigers!

Lifestyle Team, ‘The Tigers’ made up of Priya and Kavita, Chloe and Claire will be meeting members of East Riding Lions.

Over the summer, ‘The Tigers’ are raising awareness of bullying and the effects it has on young people.    The team have produced and filmed their own DVD, which they have taken into Bridlington Secondary schools to open a debate, highlighting the impact bullying has on young people’s lives, to make bullies stop and think and to empower those affected to get help.

East Riding Lions have been long term supporters of the Humberside Police Lifestyle project, clubbing together to provide two Lifestyle teams with a PGL team building adventure experience at the prestigious Lifestyle Awards in November as a result of their Lifestyle community endeavours.

Lion Eileen Smith said, “The Lions are delighted to support the Humberside Police Lifestyle project again this year, as it inspires so many young people to undertake good deeds within their local communities, by improving the quality of life for others, fitting perfectly with the ethos of the Lions.”

Eileen continues, “Lifestyle has given teams such as ‘The Tigers’ a voice to tackle issues they face through the project.  It also provides them with confidence and raises their self esteem to make a difference to the lives of others.”

It’s time to sign up for Lifestyle

As students count down the days until schools close for the summer holidays; Humberside Police are challenging thousands of young people aged between 10-16 to team up with up to five friends and decide upon a project to benefit their local communities.

Local officers are currently making appointments in schools across Humberside to present Lifestyle to students in assemblies.  If you’d like to become involved before then, log onto our website and click to register.  Free limited edition Lifestyle T-shirts for the first 4,000 team members and adult adviser packs will go direct to teams giving all of the information needed for a successful summer including challenge ideas and much more!

We also have a fantastic prize line up available.  The overall winners of Lifestyle will win a holiday of a lifetime to Florida; runners up will receive adventure holidays to France including two days at Disney Land Paris.  Other prizes include PGL adventure holidays in Wales, ‘Hot Rides’ at Silverstone, days out to Alton Towers and Flamingo Land plus lots of smaller prizes.

Lifestyle is proudly supported by BP who are delighted to be our principal supporter.  Malcolm Joslin said, “Teams are coming together now who will make a real difference to their communities over the next couple of months – maybe even changing people’s lives. I know that they are going to have a great time and we wish them every success over the summer.”

Lifestyle is now entering its twenty-sixth year and has attracted a staggering 155,000 participants working in excess of 2 ½ million hours to make a difference to their local communities to help others during the summer holidays.  Each year, Lifestyle offers young people aged between 10 to 16 years of age many opportunities to make positive contributions to their local communities, whilst learning essential life-skills, gain in confidence and self esteem, whilst reducing the fear of crime within communities.

Humberside Police launch Lifestyle 2014!
The highly successful Humberside Police Lifestyle project was officially Launched by the Chief Constable of Humberside Police, Justine Curran QPM, with the assistance of BBC’s Crispin Rolfe and other key speakers. Following the event we are aiming to inspire thousands of 10-16 year olds each year to become actively involved in improving their local communities.

Over 100 guests including sponsors, community champions, civic dignitaries, neighbourhood police and community support officers came together who all play a key role in encouraging 4,000 young people each year to be part of Lifestyle.  Speakers included, Humberside’s Chief Constable Justine Curran, Principal Supporter Malcolm Joslin from BP and Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Grove.  Current Lifestyle champions, ‘The Lucky Lot’ were also on hand to talk about their Lifestyle experience as they encouraged more youngsters to get involved in this life-changing project.  Principal Andy Grace, from Boulevard Academy spoke about his academy’s involvement in the Humberside Police Rock Challenge and how he looks forward to getting his students involved in Lifestyle 2014.

With help from students from Boulevard Academy, we unveiled the brand new Lifestyle 2014 t-shirt.  The new DVD was also screened which will be used to inspire young people in over 400 schools across the Humberside Police area to be part of the project.

Lifestyle is now entering its twenty-sixth year and has attracted a staggering 155,000 participants working in excess of 2 ½ million hours to make a difference to their local communities to help others during the summer holidays.  Each year, Lifestyle offers young people aged between 10 to 16 years of age many opportunities to make positive contributions to their local communities, whilst learning essential life-skills, gain in confidence and self esteem, whilst reducing the fear of crime within communities.

We have an action packed summer in store for 10-16 years olds, with a whole host of new challenges for teams to get stuck into including AAK’s Safety Challenge, and the return of the Humberside Fire & Rescue Service Firefighter Challenge. We have a wide range of other challenges on offer for Lifestylers to take part in including Cyber Safety, making dreams come true to taking part in the BP Enterprise Challenge and much more.

We are delighted to offer a fabulous array of prizes including the top prize of a holiday of a lifetime in Florida, visiting all of the key attractions and theme parks. This will be presented to the overall champions of Lifestyle at our glittering awards in November. Adventure holidays in France and the UK, and the chance to go motor racing at Silverstone, not forgetting mountain bikes, day trips to the UK’s leading theme parks and much more!!!

Malcolm Joslin, Communications and External Affairs Manager at BP said, “BP is absolutely delighted to return as Principal Supporter for 2014. Each year, the Lifestyle teams amaze us with their commitment, care and determination to make a positive difference.”

Malcolm continues, “BP is proud to be part of the community around the Humber. The Saltend site celebrates 100 years of industrial activity in 2014. So many people have dedicated their working lives to the site in that time and I can think of no better way to help give something back than by supporting Operation Lifestyle”.

The Humberside Police Youth Engagement team will be busy over the coming week, delivering DVDs and T-shirts and a host of promotional material in preparation for Neighbourhood Policing Teams to present Lifestyle schools throughout the region.  We aim to encourage as many young people as possible to take up the Lifestyle 2014 challenge.

Lifestyle provides local Police Officers and Police Community Support Officers the perfect opportunity to become actively involved with young people in all areas of their local communities on a positive note, it is amazing to see with the right encouragement what a difference teams can make, only a minority of young people make the headlines for the wrong reasons.

The first 4,000 to register will receive a free Lifestyle 2014 shirt and each team will receive a project pack containing all of the information needed for a successful summer.  So don’t delay, register now to take part by logging onto  Otherwise for further information and a registration form contact the Lifestyle team on 01482 220700.

Let the camera’s roll

In preparation for the official Launch of the Humberside Police Lifestyle project, we will be filming the brand new DVD on Wednesday 2nd April to inspire thousands of young people to get actively involved in Lifestyle and make a positive difference to their local communities over the summer break.

We are putting Lifestylers in the driving seat of this years DVD, with students from Archbishop Sentamu Academy presenting the DVD and two Lifestyle teams; the ‘Daisy Chains’ and ‘Care Monkeys’ telling others about their Lifestyle adventure, reflecting the fabulous levels of fun, energy and commitment Lifestylers put into their projects each year, whilst learning new skills and gaining a real sense of achievement. 

Our Lifestyle teams have a real ‘can do’ attitude and have a great time as they take part in the scheme.  The teams that are part of the filming are looking forward to the experience and look forward to encouraging thousands of young people take part in Lifestyle 2014!

Jonathan Fell, of JayJay Media said, “We are delighted to be part of the production of the Lifestyle 2014 DVD.  I have personally been involved in the project for the past seventeen years, and it is great to be part of an initiative which has stood the test of time and boosts confidence and helps to develop essential life skills of the young people who take part.”

Lifestyle officially launches on the 7th May, from the Princes Quay Shopping Centre when teams will be able to register to take part in the project and receive a Lifestyle T-shirts along with a project pack containing everything teams will need for a successful summer.