A summer camp run by Bolton Council to increase opportunities for young people and families has proved a huge success.
The scheme, organised by the council’s Behaviour Support Service, was run over three days a week for the first five weeks of the school holidays and the drive to engage some of Bolton’s more vulnerable young people, aged 5 to 15, in positive activities primarily involved a play-scheme at the Roscow Fold Centre.
A range of workshops for the children, who receive support for their social, emotional and behavioural needs, took place at the centre, including street dance, arts and crafts, team games, and even a school of rock.
Children engaged in the scheme have showcased their talents by giving a performance to parents and family members on Thursday August 25. The audience were treated to displays from the children of street dance and rock music that had been developed throughout the sessions. Art and crafts sessions and pieces of work were also on display for visitors to enjoy.
A child who took part in the summer camp said: “It’s been brilliant! I got to meet new friends and I’ve been able to try things I’ve never done before.”
A parent, whose son attended the sessions, said: “It has done my son the world of good and we have seen a big difference at home. It has helped to keep all the kids off the street and they have had a great time. ”
As well as the workshops, outdoor activity days took place, with sessions ranging from kayaking and mountain biking to horse riding. These gave the children the chance to experience new opportunities and to build confidence.
There were also a number of days out for all the family at places such as St Anne’s beach and Moss Bank Park, which aimed to enhance positive relationships within families whose children attended the scheme.
Bolton Council’s Executive Member for Children’s Services, Councillor Nick Peel, said: “It is so important to give opportunities to young people who might not want to take part in activities otherwise, and the summer camp has done this really well.
“I hope that the children and their families learned a lot, picked up some new skills and hobbies, and had a lot of fun at the sessions, and I’d like to thank the staff who worked so hard to make it all happen.”
The Behaviour Support Service works very closely with Bolton’s schools and supports individual children and their families to improve behaviour and enhance family relationships.
The Summer Scheme was developed with this ethos in mind and tried to mirror this work that the service does with children and their families.