Service delivers 1,000th session

Pupils from The Blyth School Community College visit Pegswood Community Fire Station.
Pupils from The Blyth School Community College visit Pegswood Community Fire Station.

A FIRE service that is making a difference to young people in the countywith their Real Food Works sessions have this week clocked up their 1,000th session.

Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service has been working with Real Food Works for the past four years, where younsgersYoung people taking part in the Fired Up! programme learn cooking and healthy eating tips and skills.

Hosted by the fire service and run by Real Food Works, a social enterprise company based in Choppington, the event is aimed at young people not in employment, education or training.

During the session young people prepareed lunch for themselves and the fire service officers.

The ‘Fired Up’ programme is run by Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service for 16 to 25-year-olds, and covers training courses focusing on basic fire-fighting skills, interwoven with elements delivered by partners designed to develop wider life skills including healthy living – fitness, nutrition, drugs awareness and sexual health – employability, first aid, safe driving and financial inclusion.

The fire service has developed specially accredited courses (Level 2 BTEC Award - 2 weeks and Certificate ten weeks) in Fire and Rescue Services in the Community and supports progression to further training, employment or volunteering.

Real Food Works has been delivering these sessions with Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service for the past four years, and delivered its 1,000th session on Thursday.