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'Redesigned' Space scheme returns on Monday

Children in Staffordshire will again be able to take part in free activities as part of the Space scheme, but with several changes.

Space 2020 will begin on Monday (3 August) and run until the end of October half term.

But due to the Covid-19 pandemic there will be fewer activities taking place, and those that are running have to all adhere to Government advice.

Places must be pre-booked through the Space website, and youngsters must apply for a Space 2020 Registration Card, which they will have to show at each event.

And they can only take part in activities taking place locally to where they live.

The Space scheme was relaunched in 2015 by Staffordshire Commissioner for Police, Fire and Rescue and Crime, Matthew Ellis.

In recent years it has been shown to have an impact on anti-social behaviour, with more than 50% reduction during the summer period since 2016.

Mr Ellis say he was determined to see Space return this summer, with the necessary safeguards and health and safety procedures in place to ensure the safety of all participants.

He said: "Since we brought the Space scheme back in 2015 over 112,000 attendances have been recorded for young people between the ages of 8 and 17.

"These numbers show how important Space is to young people and families across Staffordshire but due to the Coronavirus pandemic the Space programme will look very different this year. Space 2020 will provide a reduced amount of outdoor activities and run over a different time period to normal with activities beginning in early August and running until the end of October half term.

"The positive activities that Spaces provides are needed now more than ever before and I’m thankful that my office, activity providers and local authorities have worked incredibly hard to ensure that all procedures are in place in line with Government Covid-19 Guidance.

"Now is the time to give something back to our young people after what has been an incredibly difficult time for us all. Let’s all stay safe but get out there and have some fun."

There is more information on how to book places, and what measures are being put in place, on the Space website: www.staffordshirespace.uk

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