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Summer Holiday Activities 2012

Lancashire County Council's Young People's Service in Rossendale put together a programme of activities for the 6 week summer holiday period at its key centre in Rawtenstall.

The aim of the activities was to engage young people from 13 to 19 years of age over the summer holidays in positive activities, which included:

  • Snooker
  • Urban art
  • Table tennis
  • Art and Crafts
  • Outdoor Education
  • Caving Ghyll
  • Scrambling
  • Hairdressing
  • Dance

Over 100 individual young people attended the sessions from all over the valley.

What worked well...

The activities on offer seemed popular and young people were keen to attend. They learned new skills. They decorated the car park at the centre, giving them a sense of ownership and interacted well with other young people from the different towns and cultures.

One key aspect that led to the success of the project was the bus vouchers. These vouchers enabled the young people to travel across the borough and engage in new opportunities.

Most popular events across the 6 week period:

  • Week 1 - A total of 125 young people attended and the most popular activity was 'snooker'.
  • Week 2 - A total of 136 attended and the highest attended activity was 'graffiti workshop'.
  • Week 3 - A total of 107 attended and again the 'graffiti workshop' proved to be a favourite for the young people.
  • Week 4 - A total of 159 attended and a visit from the snooker player Steve Davis proved to be a resounding success.
  • Week 5 - A total of 164 young people attended and joint highest attended events were 'dance' and 'graffiti workshop' again.
  • Week 6 - A total of 112 attended and a trip to Alton Towers proved to be the favourite amongst the children and young people.


Over the 6 week period a total of 803 young people attended the sessions at the Old Fire Station. This represents around 100 individuals who signed up for the activities; aged from 13-19.

These young people came from across the district averaging:

  • 35% Rawtenstall
  • 30% Haslingden
  • 20% Bacup Stacksteads
  • 10% Waterfoot
  • 5% Whitworth

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