Play in the park

The summer holidays are here and children everywhere are looking forward to six weeks away from school. But any parent will tell that it doesn’t take long for the novelty to wear off and boredom to set in. Luckily for the young people (and their parents) of Burntwood in Staffordshire there will be plenty on offer during this year’s holidays. Burntwood Town Council, working with Gemma Davis, who is part of the local Asset Based Community Development Project, along with other local organisations are running eight ‘Play in the Park’ events over the summer holidays. Taking place in the parks of Burntwood, Chasetown and Chase Terrace the aim of the events is to bring the community together and build relationships with residents and improve community cohesion and pride in the area. Best of all, the events are free of charge! Jennifer Knobbs is involved in the organisation of the events and she applied to the YouCan Foundation for a grant of £300 to help to fund some activities at the events including a fairground ride, bubble machine, badminton set, and quick cricket set. Jennifer said: “This project is an excellent opportunity to build links with local community groups and in particular the young people of Burntwood through fun, engaging and healthy events such as bouncy castles, face painting, mini football tournaments, bubble football, sand pits, bubble play pit and rounders.” The eight ‘Play in the Park’ events will be taking place throughout and you can be part of the fun by going along to any of the sessions listed below: Elder Lane Park - Monday 1 August Redwood Park  - Wednesday 3 August Open House, Cherry Close - Tuesday 9 August St Matthews Field -  Thursday [...]

By |2016-07-25T15:29:48+00:00July 25th, 2016|Successful Applicants|0 Comments

Going for gold

Elizabeth Bacon and Kerry Mcabe Crowley are the lead youth workers for the Fun Club. They work with Lichfield District Council, Positive Futures, the Police, Entrust and Liberty to offer young people involved in, or on the cusp of being involved in, anti-social behaviour (ASB) a better future. Elizabeth recently approached the YouCan Foundation for a grant of £300 to go towards food and refreshments for family fun days and barbeques that are planned over the summer holidays in Lichfield and Burntwood. Elizabeth said: “By working closely with the local community, the Fun Club have already built up positive relationships with young people and their parents and these family days will help to reinforce those relationships. “Part of the SPACE project set up by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner to offer activities for young people aged 11- 17 over the summer holiday, we will be working with 15 young people from Burntwood and 15 from Lichfield who have been chosen to take part in residential and family days to support and represent their community. “The funding will support the ‘Road to Rio’ project in which the Fun club will be celebrating the Olympics with craft activities, sport competitions, and inter-sport games. “This will be supported and organised by the senior groups who will volunteer to organise the family days to be held in the summer holidays in Burntwood and Lichfield. The project will culminate in a residential at the end of the holidays to bring the senior young people together in team building and social skills activities. “ The Fun Club will be working with professionals such as the Police, Fire service, T3, Preventing CSE Team and Positive futures. The two Burntwood family [...]

By |2016-11-30T09:12:58+00:00July 25th, 2016|Successful Applicants|0 Comments