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Young? On holiday? Do something exciting this summer!
Wednesday 24th July, 2013

Young people breaking up from school and wondering what's going on around Wigan this summer should visit the safe4summer website and find out about loads of fun activities happening at different locations across the borough over the next few weeks. By visiting the site they will also be in with the chance of winning an iPad.

A huge range is on offer, including sports like climbing, archery and canoeing, and other activities like dance workshops. This year sees even more opportunities with Wigan’s flagship centre, the Youth Zone, also on board, offering sport, art, drama and music, seven days a week. Many sessions are free of charge.

Safe4summer is an annual summer campaign supported by Wigan Council which aims to keep young people safe, engaged in positive activities and out of trouble over the school holidays. But it’s also very much about making sure young people have fun while spending time with their mates in a safe environment. That’s why safe4summer.com encourages young people to check out things to do – from learning new skills to taking part in free sports, activities and volunteering opportunities.

There is also a more serious side to the scheme, which is led by Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service. As well as signposting young people to activities, safe4summer encourages them to think about the impact anti-social behaviour can have on the wider community – from the risks associated with starting deliberate fires to the potentially life threatening knock-on effects of making hoax calls to the emergency services. The campaign is supported by other local partners including Greater Manchester Police and various community groups, to ensure young people right across the borough stay safe throughout the summer.

Wigan Council’s Cabinet member for communities, Cllr Kevin Anderson, said:

“It’s great that Wigan is involved in this scheme. The website’s a really useful central source of information for young people about what’s going on in the area and parents can feel confident that the sessions are well organised and their kids will be safe.

“We want to encourage parents to help us, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service and Greater Manchester Police to make this a safe summer for young people by reinforcing some of the messages to their children around safety and anti-social behaviour. There’s plenty of information on the safe4summer website to help them with this.

“And, let’s not forget, many young people spend the summer involved in positive activities and contribute to society by taking part in a range of community projects. These people act as inspiring role models for others and play a vital role in influencing the perception of young people in the community."

Visit www.safe4summer.com for more info.

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