Saturday Night Live
Consultation with young people in Chorley highlighted the need for more things to do/places to go on Saturday evenings. Chorley Children and Young People's Trust commissioned Active Nation, the operator of the Council's leisure centres, to organise open access sessions at All Seasons Leisure Centre on Saturday evenings. The sessions are known as `Saturday Night Live'.
The sessions included structured physical activity, for example trampolining, archery and basketball as well as informal spaces to do activities or sit and chill and chat with refreshments and music. The sessions are taregted at 13 - 17 year olds. The sessions attract 80 young people per week , on average. The sessions involve Active Nation staff, Chorley Council coaches, staff from the Young People's Service and the local Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs).
What worked well...
The range of partners involved has made the scheme a success. No one organisation felt confident in delivering the sessions on their own. The mix of centre staff, sports coaches, youth workers and PCSOs has ensured the right mix of skills and experience were available.
The young people are involved in setting the programme. The activities change regularly and the activities provided are what the young people have asked for.
Eightly young people per week are attending the sessions at All Seasons. Feedback from the young people has been extremely positive, this is evidenced by the high numbers regularly attending.
The evaluation of the project has been so positive that it has resulted in the project being rolled out to other areas of Chorley, for example, Clayton Green. The evaluation also helped Chorley Council secure external funding for the Streetgames project in Chorley that has delivered more positive activities for young people.
The Chorley Children and Young People's Trust has listened to the views of the children and young people and has included things to do/places to go as one of their priorities for 2011/2012. Some of the activities plasnned include:
- Holding an annual event for children and young people. The purpose of the event will be to promote a positive image of children and young people as well as listen to their views.
- Maintaining the Youth Council to encourage voice and influence in decision-making around key areas of concern and develop links and involvement from schools to ensure cross district participation
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