Now into its 6th year, Neath Hillside Secure Children’s Home’s, ‘Hillympics’ was once again a great success!
The Sports Day is an opportunity for the young people to take part in sporting activities designed to boost their self-esteem and self-confidence in a healthy and controlled competitive environment. MAWWFRS hosted the event in collaboration with South Wales Police, Swansea City FC Community Trust, Cardiff City FC Foundation, Ospreys, Bulldogs Boxing Gym and Dewis Housing.
Another key component of the event is to try and break down barriers between the young people and the emergency services to build up their trust in the emergency services, as opposed to viewing them as their opponents. This aims to aid the young people’s attitudes towards the Police and Fire Service after they leave the Home by demonstrating to them that the emergency service can be trusted. This is achieved by placing the young people, staff from the unit, and the emergency services and partner organisations in mixed teams together, where the groups must work together in order to achieve the end goal.
Youth Engagement Manager, Elaine Williams said,
‘The Hillympics is a great opportunity to allow the young people to shine and express themselves through sports and team working activities.
We want to show the young people that we are not the enemy, and that we want them to exceed and excel’
‘The Fire Service delivers Crimes and Consequences and Phoenix course twice a year in the Home, and assists with any additional projects that the centre requires of us.
Crimes and Consequences is an innovative project aimed at reducing the number of deliberate fires and fire related anti-social behaviour, such as attacks on Fire-fighters and hoax calls.
The Phoenix Project is a Welsh Government sponsored intervention which is aimed at young people aged between 11-25, who are classed at tier one - have offended, or tier two - are on the cusp of offending or vulnerable.
It challenges existing attitudes and promotes independent thinking in young people by using fire service activities to develop personal attributes such as working as a team, exploring physical and mental limits and promoting and educating young people about the role of the fire and rescue service’.
To find out more about the Service’s Crimes and Consequences, and Phoenix courses visit our website.