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Get your skates on!
Tuesday 15th June, 2010

Young people in Winstanley are set to benefit from a raft of positive new activities over the summer - and the fun's already kicked off!

Last weekend, keen skateboarders and BMX-ers were invited to the Grange Community Complex on Highfield Grange Road to enjoy the facilities of a visiting mobile skate park - and another free session is planned this coming Saturday.

And that’s just the start of things….

The mobile skate park was organised by the Activities for Winstanley Working Group, representatives from local agencies and community members who have been tasked to look at how young people are engaged in a more positive and proactive way.

The initiative is part of Orrell, Billinge and Winstanley PACT. PACT stands for Partners and Communities Together… residents, businesses, councillors and agencies working as a team to achieve better results in your neighbourhood. The PACT process ensures that all the agencies delivering services in the community – from housing and leisure to health and cleansing – talk to each other and work in a co-ordinated fashion.

Nicola Robertson, PACT co-ordinator for Orrell, Billinge & Winstanley says:

"It’s important that young people have a say in what kind of activities are rolled out in their community. From previous experience across the borough, we know that young people who are engaged in positive activities are far less likely to get involved in anti-social behaviour, so it benefits the entire community."

Later in June, young people from Winstanley who attended the mobile sessions will be invited to Alexandra Park on Friday 25th June to use the skate park and enjoy a barbecue. Wigan Council for Voluntary Youth Services have also agreed to deliver a 4 week block of activities at the Grange Community Complex and on consecutive Friday evenings in July, kicking off on Friday 2nd July.

“This event has been organised to address the need for a wider range of positive activities for young people and to tackle some of the causes of anti-social behaviour in our neighbourhoods,” says Cllr Chris Ready, cabinet champion for customer service. “By engaging with young people, and finding out what their priorities are, we can empower them, give them a greater sense of ownership and hopefully inspire them to get involved in positive activities which they may not otherwise have access to.”

For further information, please contact Nicola Robertson on 01942 767947.

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