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Summer Streetz entertains youngsters
4:00pm Wednesday 1st August 2012 in Local
A SUMMER holiday programme of activities for young people has started in the borough.
And more young residents than ever are set to benefit from Summer Streetz as the activity evenings have spread to more areas.
The scheme offers a range of free evening activity sessions for 11 to 17-year-olds, and, as in previous years, they will take place in Brighton Hill, Buckskin, Oakridge, Popley, South Ham, Tadley, Bramley, Overton, Whitchurch, Hatch Warren and Winklebury.
New areas for this year are Oakley, Kingsclere, Rooksdown, Chineham, Bishop’s Green, and Basingstoke town centre.
The expansion has been made possible due to partnership funding from Anvil Arts, along with continued sponsorship from global specialty biopharmaceutical company Shire and financial support from Sovereign Housing Association.
The Summer Streetz project, created by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, working with partners from public, private and community sectors, will run until Friday, August 31 and will include activities such as DJ workshops, football, basketball, freerunning and street dance, as well as the popular return of open access youth club sessions at various community venues across the borough.
Councillor Cathy Osselton, borough Cabinet member for partnerships, said: “Summer Streetz offers young people fun activities along with the chance to try out something new during the summer holiday evenings.
“For local communities, this can also prevent boredom from turning into anti-social behaviour.
“The expansion of the scheme this year is due to the fact that more young people and communities are getting involved and working together with our community development team.
“It is wonderful that our young people are taking a hand in setting up and running many of the activities.
“The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee has revitalised community activities in many parts of the country, and I have every confidence that this year’s activities will be a huge success.”
Details of all 15 programmes of Summer Streetz activities are available on the council’s website at.