Six finalists have been chosen from amongst thousands of young people who spent their summer holidays taking part delivering innovative community projects, ranging from fundraising for pet oxygen masks to developing a safe scooter guide.
The incredible community spirit and hard work shown by thousands of young people across the Humberside Police area this summer will be celebrated at an awards ceremony next week, presented by local BBC weatherman, Owain Wyn Evans.
Now in its 28th year, Humberside Police’s Lifestyle initiative aims to promote positivity, teamwork and community ownership. Taking place during the summer holiday, teams of young people aged 10 to 18 years old are encouraged to make a difference by taking part in community activities.
Chief Constable Lee Freeman, explained: “The Lifestyle Project is a fantastic scheme which has played a positive role in shaping our communities for 28 years. Encouraging positivity and promoting teamwork amongst young people, the projects can really make a difference to local life
“This year we had over 600 groups take part and we’ve seen some really incredible projects that have succeeded in making an impact – from encouraging people to sign up to the organ donation register to decorating patient waiting rooms and children’s play areas.
“It was an extremely difficult decision to choose the six finalists and I’m anticipating it will be even harder to choose the two winners. I look forward to welcoming and celebrating the hard work of all these inspirational young people.”
We will be featuring one team per day on our website and social media channels over the next six days giving more detail about each of the teams and their projects in preparation for next Wednesday's awards ceremony
The three junior finalists are:
The Quirky Embracers team from Cottingham spent their summer holidays raising awareness of child and adolescent mental health and decorating the CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service) waiting room in Driffield to make it more inviting.
The Fabulous Four team from North Ferriby who raised money and designed, printed and distributed a safe scooter guide to encourage families to exercise whilst also enjoying the outdoors.
The Purple Oranges team from Wybers Wood, Grimsby who raised money to buy a defibrillator, which is now installed at the Jubilee Inn. They also cleaned up the area behind their school, filling 18 bags of rubbish in the process.
The winners of the junior category will win a holiday to France.
The three senior finalists are:
The Open Arms team from South Hunsley School were concerned that there was no specific provision for pets within Humberside Fire and Rescue Service so decided to raise money to buy special pet oxygen masks. They also did up the play area at North Cave Preschool.
The Tribesmen team from Healing wanted to raise awareness of organ donation. To do this, they designed and distributed thousands of posters and appeared on Estuary TV to discuss the subject. They also raised money for St James’s Hospital in Leeds.
The Well Wishers team from Humberston Academy created and delivered bags of essentials to people in unexpected circumstances – from hospitals to homeless shelters to women’s refuges.
The winners of the senior category will win a trip to South Africa.
Lifestyle 2017 is made possible by commercial sponsorship from: BP, East Riding Yorkshire Council, KCom, NHS Clinical Trust, Smith and Nephew, ARCO, Tribune Trust, Clugstons, High Sheriff, Tribune Trust, National Grid, Lions and Safer Roads.
Chief Constable Lee Freeman added: “I would like to thank all our sponsors for their continued support in the Lifestyle initiative, without them it would not be possible for us to run this important community scheme. The level of dedication these young people show during their summer break is truly inspiring.
The winners will be announced following the awards ceremony.
For more information about Humberside Police youth engagement activity, be sure to like @HPYouthEngagementTeam on Facebook and follow @HP_LifestyleYET on Twitter.