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North Yorkshire Lifestyle competition: Make a difference in your community



A new competition to give young people the chance to make a difference in their community during the summer holidays is being launched in North Yorkshire.

This is the first time the competition, which is called Lifestyle, has been run in the county.

It has been a huge success in Humberside, where children have been participating for the past 25 years.

Lifestyle is open to kids aged between 10 and 16, who must get together in teams of up to five people to work on a project which shows they care about their local community.

This may involve the environment – in the broadest sense – and can include neighbours, the disabled or elderly, the young, promoting healthy eating and sporting activities, safety campaigns, clearing a park, creating a community vegetable garden and anything else which can help make a difference to local people.

After registering for the project, entrants receive a log book, to record planning, progress and notes on the teams achievement and a team handbook to assist in planning their work.

Completed log books are then submitted to police headquarters in September where they are assessed by a judging panel. Everyone who completes a project and submits a log book is awarded a Lifestyle certificate.

Each team must provide an adult advisor to oversee the safe running of the project – usually a parent or a relative.

At the end of the competition the submitted log books are carefully assessed by a team of judges who look at various criteria, including the positive impact of the project on the community and the ability of each team to work together and overcome obstacles.

All teams submitting a log book will receive a certificate of completion and there are some fantastic prizes for the winners.

Officers have been visiting schools ion North Yorkshire and the City of York to raise awareness of the competition and hope that as many children as possible get involved.

PC Ben Pepper, of North Yorkshire Police, said: “This is a fantastic competition which has been really successful over a long period of time in Humberside.

“We hope this will be a refreshing and interesting to challenge for young people to help keep them occupied over the summer holidays.

“It is also hoped that it will promote social responsibility and community spirit and show young people how they can make a real difference in their local area.

“In time, it would be great if Lifestyle could become well established in North Yorkshire and I urge young people to embrace the challenge and get involved. There are some great prizes on offer and everyone is in with a chance of winning.”

For further information about the competition, contact the North Yorkshire Police Lifestyle Team at lifestyle@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk

Or, visit the North Yorkshire Police website www.northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk/lifestyle

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