Young people in Bolton are being treated to an array of activities this coming weekend, in a celebratory event which marks a major new drive towards improved provision on Friday and Saturday nights.
The Open Weekend campaign, supported by the Department for Children, Schools and Families, consists of a series of events and activities held all over Bolton on Friday 10 and Saturday 11 July.
It will be a key milestone for Bolton Council and its partners in the private and voluntary sectors who work together to improve positive activities for young people.
Both young people and communities have identified Friday and Saturday nights as a the time when activities are needed most, and Bolton has received additional funding and support from the government’s Aiming High fund to help ensure there are plenty of places to go and things to do for young people at these key times.
The event kicks off with a flurry of activity at the newly refurbished Willows Centre, off Willows Lane/Park View, from 6pm on Friday night. Bolton’s three mobile youth units will be there and activities on offer will include street soccer, art and music.
The Harmony Youth Project will be offering a chance to try multimedia activities, music, dancing and arts sessions, and Bolton Lads and Girls Club will be running junior youth club sessions and sports activities.
At 7pm on Friday young BMX fans are in for a treat as Sam Foakes, the current World Champion rider visits the YMCA centre on Deansgate for a special master class. Sam Foakes won the BMX Suzuki Masters 2008 and he will be showing off his skills and teaching some tricks of the trade to members of the resident BMX bike club.
More activities for young people are being held on Friday evening at a range of indoor and outdoor venues including youth centres, Zac’s Youth Bar, Markland Hill Lawn Tennis Club and the Youthopia Project.
Open Weekend continues on Saturday evening, with the mobile units moving over to Heywood Park, while Bolton Council of Mosques will offer arts and crafts, sports and more. There will be football and wrestling on offer at Westhoughton Community Leisure Centre and senior youth club sessions at Bolton Lads and Girls Club, with various other activities taking place during the evening from 6pm.
Councillor Ebrahim Adia, Bolton Council’s Executive Member for Children Services, said: “We are delighted to be able to offer more activities to young people on Friday and Saturday nights. We’re creating opportunities for young people to get involved in positive activities. In Bolton, we have been improving our provision for young people at weekends for some time now, and have already seen significant reductions in calls to the police about young people causing annoyance. We hope that many young people in Bolton will take advantage of the chance to try new things and develop new skills and interests, during the Open Weekend campaign and beyond.”
Events taking place during Open Weekend will continue on throughout the year, both outdoors and in youth centres, as well as in various partner venues.
For full details of positive activities and events for young people during Open Weekend, school holidays and throughout the year, log on to the events website (link above).