SUMMER events are keeping young people entertained while helping reduce anti-social behaviour.
Police, fire and health services have teamed up with Tameside Council to co-ordinate activities and spread safety messages.
The latest was organised By Tameside Council’s Youth Service at King George V Playing Fields, Ashton, on Monday (13).
The free, pop up event featured football, arts and crafts, problem solving games, BMX bikes, animation and film making. Information stands included ones on community safety and hate crime and Be Well NHS. Prime Active Communities CIC conducted the animation and film making while helping entertain young people.
It was part of the Safe4Summer campaign, which aims to reduce anti-social behaviour while also increasing the number of young people taking part in organised activities over the school holidays.
The campaign – led by a partnership of local councils, Greater Manchester Police, Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue Services and Transport for Greater Manchester – directs young people and their parents and carers to the www.safe4summer.com website to find local activities taking place in their area. It also encourages people to take responsibility for their actions and promote summer safety messages, particularly around water safety and deliberately set fires.
The project also supports Tameside Council’s Our Streets campaign, which is bringing the local authority, partners and public together to create a cleaner, greener, safer borough.
Tameside Council Executive Member Cllr Allison Gwynne, who is responsible for Stronger Communities, said: “Fun events such as this help relieve summer holiday boredom, bring people together and provide an ideal environment to spread community safety messages and reduce anti-social behaviour.
“Should anyone be aware of anti-social behaviour, they should report it to help make their community a safer and more enjoyable place to live. I’d like to thank everyone who has been involved and supported these events and encourage parents and young people to visit www.safe4summer.com to see what else is happening this summer.”
The final Tameside Youth Service pop up event takes place at Cheetham Park, Stalybridge, on Monday (20), from 12pm to 2pm. Call 0161 342 3954 for more information.
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