The London Fire Brigade has renewed calls for external funding for its flagship youth intervention scheme.
The Local Intervention Fire Education (LIFE) scheme was set up in 2002 by the London Fire Emergency and Planning Authority (LFEPA), the body which oversees the Brigade.
Since then around 5,000 young people have taken part in the week-long series of activities designed to improve motivation, confidence and team building skills.
The scheme is targeted at youngsters who have offended or are not succeeding in mainstream education. Some of those taking part have been referred by the probation and social services.
LFEPA Chairman James Cleverly is calling on corporate and charitable bodies to provide financial support to the scheme.
Mr Cleverly said: “Last year’s riots highlighted the importance of working with young Londoners but during these tough economic times we need to look at new ways of securing long term funding for the programme.
“This includes encouraging businesses and organisations to demonstrate their social responsibility by showing financial support for a cause that without doubt benefits the wider community.”
In March the Co-operative signed-up to provide free meals for scheme participants, support which is worth more than £40,000.
At the time David Parker, the Co-Op’s Regional Operations Director for the South East said his organisation “are most proud to support The London Fire Brigade’s LIFE scheme as it helps nurture and develop the skills that lie within young people and opens up opportunities for them to change their world for the better.”
Social housing provider Peabody has since agreed to fund two courses this year.
Robert Groom, Peabody’s Fire Safety and Emergency Planning Manager said “Peabody, as a charitable housing provider, has always been committed to supporting young people to become active citizens in their local communities. Our youth services offer opportunities for young people to develop life skills, personal growth and self-esteem through a variety of activities.
“Peabody is proud and excited to support the London Fire Brigade’s LIFE scheme as it helps nurture and develop these skills.”