Space 2018 is off to the perfect beat as the summer-long activities across Lichfield were introduced with a drum roll.
Staffordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis dropped into an African drums’ session at Lichfield’s Queen’s Croft School to see a fully booked-out activity.
Space was introduced by Mr Ellis, with a view to bringing together public, voluntary and private sector organisations to help nurture, support and guide youngsters across the county.
More than 1600 activities will be available across Staffordshire during the school summer holidays.
The event held at the Birmingham Road-based school is a sensory activity funded by the PCC and delivered by Liberty Staffordshire CIC, a community organisation that offers local support to young people with learning difficulties and disabilities.
Mr Ellis said: ‘Seeing the excitement and joy of children is exactly what Space is all about and that was very apparent during my visit to see the wonderful work delivered by Liberty CIC at Lichfield’s Queen’s Croft School.
‘Space is not just about traditional sporting activities, but also about creativity, art, being inspired and, in this case, plenty of drum noise…not to mention well-being and building confidence.
‘We want Space to inspire all children, including youngsters who have learning difficulties, emotional needs and physical barriers. In short, Space is for all youngsters between the ages of 8-17.
‘Space 2018 promises to be the biggest yet – we have more than 1600 activities across the entire county. I hope we will attract 25,000 visitors this summer.’
Natalie Pearce, co-director of Liberty Staffordshire CIC, said: ‘We have had great feedback from the events so far, which is lovely to hear.
‘Bringing joy and happiness to the children is such a rewarding part of what we do.
‘And Space funding is vital for our staffing, which is key to making this work – without that we wouldn’t be able to provide this.’