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SPACE is back with the promise of more activities, for a broader range of youngsters.

Space returns to Staffordshire and Stoke this summer – with the promise of more activities, for a broader range of youngsters.

Staffordshire’s PCC, Matthew Ellis introduced the Space programme to bring together public, voluntary and private sector organisations to help nurture, support and guide Staffordshire youngsters.

And, new for this year, is the lowering of the age band for certain activities, from 11 to eight-years-old*, with Mr Ellis providing a substantial increase in funding for the programme.

Full details of activities and events will be rolled-out during the build up to the summer holidays. Space 2018 is also being extended in certain areas to include the autumn term holiday period too.

The scheme attracted more than 18000 attendees across the summer holidays in 2017 – an increase of 5669 from the previous 12 months.

Statistics showed a drop in police-reported youth-related ASB throughout the Force during the period when Space was in operation, with a 38 per cent drop in incidents between mid-July and early-September 2017, compared to the same period 12 months earlier.

Matthew Ellis said ‘Space 2018 promises to be our biggest yet. We’ve had huge numbers attending in the past and hope for even more this year.

‘Space is all about fun, learning and growing in confidence. Staffordshire, like many areas, experiences higher rates of ASB during summer holidays than at other times and I’m keen that efforts are made to tackle this. I’ve increased investment in the programme to widen its scope and range’

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