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North Yorkshire Kids Lifestyle Challenge

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8:51am 1st July 2013

Kids in North Yorkshire are being offered the chance to win some fantastic prizes this summer by putting something back into the community.

Lifestyle is an initiative that invites school children between the ages of 10 and 16 to take part in projects that are of direct benefit to someone or something in their local community that is being launched today by North Yorkshire Police.

Teams consist of between 2 and 5 students and they need to think of a community based project that is achievable over the Summer holiday, says Constable Suzanne Asquith. She adds that each team decides on a name, appoints an Adult Adviser and completes a registration form.

Suzanne says they are then sent out a pack with a handbook for the advisor and a log book for the team. Once they have decided on their project – for example creating a green space, raising funds to buy sports equipment, raising awareness of safety issues, arranging a day trip for the elderly – they use the log book to record their actions, put in drawings and photos, results etc.

At the end of the Summer break, all the log books are sent back in, judged and prizes awarded based on the impact and benefit to the community as well as the performance of the teams in working together and overcoming problems.

The project has been running in our neighbouring force area – Humberside – for 25 years and during that time they have seen 151,000 participants working in excess of 2.5 million hours to improve their local communities. And now North Yorkshire Police are hoping to do the same.

Constable Suzanne Asquith says: "Initially we will be rolling this out in the York area with a view to it being forcewide from next year".

"This is the first year we have run this and we are all very enthusiastic and dedicated to making it into a real success for our area. Lifestyle is such a big event in Humberside and is eagerly anticipated by thousands of eligible school children every year. It would be fantastic to get the same buzz going in York".

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