Community event hailed a success

Archery, dance, dodgeball and football were among the activities on offer at the community event in Burnley last week.

Held at Gannow Community Centre, the event was well attended with more than 50 children banishing the boredom of half-tem holiday with sport and crafts.

Burnley Leisure’s volunteering team with Community Safety Partnership and Gannow Big Local organised the day to help local residents to find out about activities available to children and young people.

In addition to a host of activities, youngsters also had an opportunity to take part in the poster design competition throughout the day.

Partner agencies including Burnley Council, the Calico Group, Council for Voluntary Service (CVS), Ightenhill Children’s Centre and Lancashire Police joined the event to share messages about the community safety.

Waheed Rashid, project development officer at Burnley Leisure, said: “We’re committed to providing fun games and activities for children in the local community and this event aimed to raise awareness of our Friday evening sessions in the centre.

“The event was a great success and lots of fun. There was a buzz of activity throughout the day with lots of parents and children joining in.”

Gannow Community Centre youth activity sessions from April 2016 will run every Tuesday and Friday between 6pm and 8pm and are open to children of all ages.

The activities will be led by Burnley Leisure and supported by volunteers part of Volunteer Burnley initiative which is attracting 100 youngsters each year.

The scheme is always looking for young people who want to develop their skills and gain volunteering experience in sports coaching, outdoor sports, children’s holiday clubs, and project management.

It also offers opportunities for youngsters who want to develop their skills in art, video filming and editing.

For more information on how to volunteer, please contact Keiran Adamson on or call 01282 477167.

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