AF&RS team up with South Glos Council for Reach Programme

Avon Fire & Rescue Service (AF&RS) has teamed up with South Gloucestershire Council for a free health and wellbeing programme.

The programme, aimed at children aged four to 16 above a healthy weight, aims to promote physical activity, boosting mental health and wellbeing and improving nutritional intake.

Reach does this by providing fun and interactive activities to boost confidence and wellbeing and a weekly physical activity session with lots of games, movement and fun.

It also aims to educate children and families on preparing healthy snacks, how to use nutrition labels when shopping and ideas on how to improve sleep.

Ten of the sessions will be run from Yate fire station, where children will get to try fire drills and hose running, keeping fit with firefighters and get hands-on with firefighting equipment.

These will run from Thursday 24th January at 16.15, with participants taking part for 10 weeks.

Kurt Hunt, Crew Manager for Risk Reduction at AF&RS, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for us to have a positive impact with children in the local community.

“We hope that by hosting the sessions at Yate fire station, we can give them the opportunity to try new things, help them reach a healthy weight and boost their mental health.

“As a Service, we always love to get involved with the community and activities like this are just one way we can help out.

“Our firefighters all train to a very high fitness level so to be able to pass that on is fantastic.”

Cllr Erica Williams, South Gloucestershire Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health, added: “It's great to see this partnership between our Reach programme and Avon Fire and Rescue Service taking place in the local community.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for families to take part in fun activities and learn about nutrition, health and wellbeing in an exciting environment.

“Our Reach programme has been running weight management courses and supporting families in South Gloucestershire for several years.

“This course in association with the Avon Fire and Rescue Service is a great way to continue this work in a new setting.”

To sign up to Reach or to refer a family please complete a referral form from www.southglos.gov.uk/reach. You can also contact us for more information on 01454 864005 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.