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Ten young people from Wrexham have recently completed a course relating to the fire service designed to improve their confidence and self esteem.

The Phoenix Project, organised by the North Wales Fire and Rescue Service, is run to inspire and challenge young people to improve their confidence and self esteem at what can be difficult times in their lives.

The youngsters were presented with their certificates by Osian Hywel project co-ordinator after completing the course in Chirk.

During the course they took part in exercise including drills and hose running, first aid, fire safety, search and rescue and had an outdoor activity day. Part of the challenges included working in confined spaces hindered by smoke to locate bodies which demanded self discipline in difficult circumstances.

All the young people had been put forward by Wrexham’s Youth Justice Service who thought the course could be of particular benefit to them.

Osian Hywel, project co-ordinator, said: “The course is designed to challenge young people and to bring out the importance of communication, trust, respect, teamwork and discipline. I am pleased to say that this has been another great success and hope that the young people feel they have gained something positive from the Project that will help them be confident about themselves in the future.”

Cllr Mike Williams, Lead Member for Education and Children’s Services, said: “Sometimes young people just need some challenges to make them proud of themselves and to improve their self esteem and confidence. This course has provided all these things for these young people and I hope they are all very proud of themselves for their achievement and wish them well for their future.”

Amanda Briscoe, from Wrexham’s Youth Justice Service, said: “The Phoenix Project has helped many young people make improvements to their lives over the past few years. I would like to congratulate all the young people who have participated in what is a challenging and at times difficult course and thank all those involved for their commitment in providing this excellent course.”