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Kids join KNH for summer fun activities

Release Date: 14-Aug-2014
Boredom has been banned with a series of week-long play scheme for local kids aged between 8 and 13 in the Windybank, Firthcliffe and Wilton areas.
The sessions got a big thumbs up

The sessions got a big thumbs up

Having a blast at Fanwoods

Having a blast at Fanwoods

Activities included cake decorating, t-shirt design, loom band making, dancing and multiple sports, as well as a visit to Fanwoods in Spen Valley for fun on the low ropes, boulder wall, night line and caving. The fun culminated in a final treat at Hollywood Bowl in Bradford.

KNH funded part of the play schemes, which involved volunteers, tenants and residents associations (TRAs), Communities United Project (CUP) and Total Sports Foundation, which provided multi-sport sessions as part of the activities.

The Windybank Activities 4 All group obtained a grant of £500 from Kirklees Council’s participatory budge, ‘It’s up to you’. They chose what events they wanted in their community. The scheme was supported by four local volunteers: Debbie Aveyard, Zoe Wood, Susan Peel and Kelly Comins.

Windybank Food & Wine Convenience Store, generously provided lunches for four days. Mr Jaswinder Singh, storeowner said, “It’s a great way of supporting the local community.”

12 year old Rohaan Hawkins was one of those who took part. He said, “I think it’s a good way of experiencing different activities and I have really enjoyed taking part in the multi sports activities.”

Connor Adamson, aged 10, agreed: “It’s given us something positive to do in the holidays,” and according to 11 year old Paige Thornton:“… there was lot to do with fun packed activities every day; it was amazing.”

Shamim Ali, Treasurer of Firthcliffe TRA, who volunteered all week said, “It’s great to see positive activities organised for the children on Firthcliffe as we have not had any provision like this in the past. All the children have enjoyed the play scheme.”

In the Wilton area, the TRA made the lunches. They got funding from ‘Communities First’ and ‘Awards for all’ with support from KNH. The remaining funding will be used to deliver activities at Bleak House over the next 12 months.

Colin Priestley Chairperson of Wilton TRA said, “The children have experienced a range of activities which have got better each year; it provides something positive for the children to do over the holidays.”

KNH would like to thank all involved for making the sessions such a great success.. If you’d like to get involved with KNH or find out more about activities for young people and other community grants for estates, please contact community.engagement@knh.org.uk