Local News | Youth project goes from strength to strength | Andover & VillagesMore young people have successfully completed Test Valley Partnership’s Information, Communication, Education (ICE) six week project.

ICE is an early-intervention partnership project aimed at young people who may be at a difficult period of their life and at risk of making choices which could negatively impact on their futures. The spring 2017 programme was the second of its kind to run in Andover and was delivered by Test Valley Borough Council, Hampshire Constabulary, Hampshire Fire and Rescue and Middle Wallop Army Air Corps.

Participants engaged in topics including anti-social behaviour choices and consequences, internet safety, the role of the military, team building and communication skills. They also obtained the accredited Duke of Cornwall Community Safety Award which was launched in response to significant flooding in Cornwall in recent years.

Test Valley Borough Council’s Community and Leisure Portfolio Holder, Councillor Tony Ward, said: “ICE continues to be a fantastic project that demonstrates a strong working relationship between organisations. I am really pleased to see that another 11 participants have successfully completed the course.”

Hampshire Constabulary Chief Inspector Kory Thorne said: “I cannot emphasise enough how valuable the ICE project is proving to be for local young people. They have all demonstrated a huge commitment to the course and I am very proud of them all.”

Mark White, Community Safety Manager at Hampshire Fire and Rescue added: “It was a privilege to host the ICE course at Andover Fire Station this spring. The participants have been a pleasure to work with and I look forward to hearing about their next steps. Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service is proud to actively support this, and other projects, to give our local young people a positive educational experience.”

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