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 days will be run in conjunction with the Town Council as part of the eight ‘Play in the Park’ family days which will be held over the summer holidays.”
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