YOUNG people are being encouraged to get involved in some of the many exciting opportunities on offer in Tameside as part of the Safe 4 Summer campaign.
Safe4Summer aims to reduce antisocial 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.
There are two powerful locally made videos on water safety and fire safety which people are being encouraged to watch and share on social media.
Instead of being drawn in anti-social behaviour, young people are encouraged to take up opportunities of organised activities such as Tameside Council’s pop up youth events in local parks which offer outdoor games, arts and crafts, problem solving games, BMX bikes and ramps, animation and film making.
These are aimed at children aged 6 to 16, they are FREE and run from 12-2pm as follows:
Mon 23 July – Stamford Park
Mon 30 July – Granada Park
Mon 6 Aug – Hyde Park
Mon 13 Aug – King Georges Park
Mon 20 Aug – Cheethams Park
There are also Active Tameside activities including a Junior Lifeguard course and kayaking - for further information see activetameside.com
Places are still available on the Government funded National Citizen Service (NCS) programme where for £50 participants take part in various activities together such as rock-climbing, learning to cook and how to budget, and volunteering in their communities over an action-packed four week period. For the further information see ncsthechallenge.org
Tameside Council Executive Member Cllr Allison Gwynne, who is responsible for Stronger Communities, said: “Parents, carers and the local community are key partners in this campaign - we all want children and young people to have a safe and happy summer and I’m sure everyone also wants to help reduce anti-social behaviour in our neighbourhoods.
“Parents and carers, help keep your children safe by knowing their whereabouts, keeping communication open and agreeing curfews. Encourage and support them to get involved in some of the many positive activities on offer, which will really help them to enjoy and make the most of their school holidays.
“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.”