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Partnership project shortlisted for county award

The Test Valley Partnership is celebrating a second consecutive award-winning year after its ICE project received a runners’ up accolade in Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Celebrating Success awards.

The project was recognised in the ‘Innovation’ category, for projects which have made significant contributions towards making communities safer.  The project is delivered by Test Valley Borough Council, Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service, Hampshire Police and the Army Air Corps.

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. It uses workshops that discuss actions and consequences relating to topics such as fire safety, anti-social behaviour, cyber bullying, hate crime and criminal damage. ICE also provides sessions that promote good citizenship, team building and improved school attendance.

Test Valley Borough Council’s Community and Leisure Portfolio Holder, Councillor Tony Ward, said: “I’d like to thank all the organisations that have played a part in this programme. Each organisation offers a unique insight into their area of work and inspires participants to achieve goals in a wide range of topics. I’m pleased that ICE has been recognised for its contribution to young peoples’ lives and my sincere congratulations go to everyone involved.”

Test Valley Group Manager, Dave Turner from Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “To receive such recognition is a compliment to all the hard work that has gone into the project. We are looking forward to delivering the programme to even more young people in the future.”

Chief Inspector Kory Thorne, from Hampshire Constabulary, added: “ICE is a fantastic project that has benefited a large number of young people in the borough. I’m really pleased that the project has received further recognition for its positive work in helping young people in the district.”

In 2016, ICE received national recognition after being awarded second place in the Resolve National ASB awards ‘Best Project Award 2016’ category. The project is funded by the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire.