How will you be spending your autumn half term? Tidying your room? Vegging out in front of the telly? Squabbling with your kid brother over the Wii? Or even worse - visiting an elderly aunt who knits you those repulsive jumpers?! Well, if you prefer your half term to go with a bang, check out all the things you could be doing instead.
Here’s our at-a-glance A-Z of activities, and many of them are free!
Assault courses, arts projects and alcohol awareness advice…all part of the X-Zones!
Bikes! Learn basic cycle proficiency and maintenance skills or trailblaze across the borough. For more information, call the Outdoor Education team on 01942 769812 or email email@example.com
Canoe Club at Scotmans Flash – Saturdays 1.00pm – 3.00pm. £4 for young people. Beginners to intermediate. For more information, call the Outdoor Education team on 01942 769812 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme, Open to all young people aged 14-25. The award offers the chance to get involved in exciting activities, the chance to learn new skills and to gain a brilliant, nationally recognized qualification for activities you are already involved in. To find out more about the award contact 01942 769813 or email@example.com
Everybody counts, fully accessible youth club for young people with disabilities. Cookery, picnics, workshops, trips out, arts and crafts – there’s loads happening! Lowton Youth Club – Tuesdays 6pm – 8.30pm
Fire fighter experience Visit a fire station and learn what fire fighters do.You must book a place in advance and come along with a youth worker. Leigh and Hindley fire stations. Talk to your youth worker about this or call 486237/487087 for more information.
Girls Allowed! There are several girls-only groups across the borough. Meet like-minded people or get involved in activities including sports, crafts, workshops, games and cooking. Atherton Girls Group meets at Meadow Bank Sure Start centre on Formby Avenue (Wednesdays 5 - 8.30pm). Lowton Girls meet on Mondays 6 - 9pm. The Meadows in Worsley Hall holds a girls-only club on Thursdays 6.30 – 9.15pm.
Hit Zones. Youth workers will be out and about in your area during the autumn. Have a chat, get confidential advice about anything that’s worrying you or just find out about activities that are happening in your area. Hindley, Platt Bridge, Abram. Thursdays and Fridays 5pm - 9pm.
Information. Don’t be in the dark this autumn. If you want advice about anything from alcohol to sex or from skill workshops to school bullying, there’s loads of information online. But remember, take care when you’re online. Lowton Girls’ Group have produced a DVD about how to protect yourself when you’re on the internet. For more information call the council’s Voice and Engagement Team on 486237.
James Bond (Shaken not stirred!) Voices for Choices has organised a special James Bond themed celebration event at DW stadium in November to promote the achievements of young people in care. For more information or to nominate a young person for an award contact Amy Calter on 01942 487071.
Kool Zones are free workshops, discussions and activities for young people. They’re happening all over the borough: The Meadows in Worsley Hall, Borsdane precinct, Lowton youth club, Hag Fold Park, Shakerley Common and Fosters Playing field in Ince. There’s loads to do from quizzes to climbing walls.
Latics in the community. Wigan Athletic Community Trust is planning a range of football matches during Operation Treacle. For more information contact Wigan Athletic Community Trust on 01942 488 530 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Media Bus. For 8-13 year olds. Make some fun masks and frightful decorations for Halloween! Woodcock Drive, Platt Bridge, Mondays 5.45 – 8.15pm.
Non-alcoholic cocktails. Learn how to create your own fruity cocktails. Avoid that hideous hangover and stay in control! Join in the fun at Lowton Youth Club, Thursdays 6pm-9pm. For young people 13-19.
Organised bonfire displays! Don’t get your fingers burnt playing with fireworks. Get yourself along to a display – it’s safer, loads more fun and there’s usually bags of treacle toffee on sale too!
Power boating at Scotmans Flash – for more information, call the Outdoor Education team on 01942 769812 or email email@example.com
Qualifications. Get some advice on your future options and find out how to beef up your CV. For more information, visit: www.mycoursemyfuture.com
Rafiki is a youth group for kids from different ethnic backgrounds. You can get involved in a range of activities, workshops or family support groups. Kamosi is a similar group for young people from Eastern Europe. For more information on these groups, call Mehmood on 487090.
Saturday Sailing at Scotsman’s Flash off Poolstock Lane in Wigan – Saturdays 09.30 – 12.00 noon. £4 for young people. Beginners to advanced. For more information, call the Outdoor Education team on 01942 769812 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Trick or Treat! Have fun on Halloween, but remember that sometimes older people can find it very frightening to see people they don’t recognise knocking at their door. Please be considerate to vulnerable people, show respect for property and be polite when ‘trick and treating’.
Uniformed groups. There are loads of uniformed groups across the borough, offering you the chance to learn new skills, make friends and have fun!
Volunteer on an environmental project with Groundwork. Find out more at www.groundwork.org.uk/wigan
Windsurfing. For more information, call the Outdoor Education team on 01942 769812 or email email@example.com
X-Zones are happening on Friday nights right across the borough including: Norley Hall, Beech Hill, Whelley, Robin Park Sports Arena, Jubilee Park in Ashton, Dootsons Park in Leigh, Central Park in Atherton, Astley Street Park in Tyldesley, Mesnes Park in Wigan, The Meadows in Worsley Hall and Borsdane precinct in Hindley.
Youth Councils. If you want to have your say, get involved in your local youth council. Boroughwide locations. Find out more by calling Angela on 487082.
No matter how you want to spend your autumn, whatever you want to do... there's plenty going on and there's something for everyone. But if that’s not enough, here are some more suggestions to get you thinking…
Remember, remember, the fifth of November… only this year, it’s on the fourth!
Haigh Bonfire and Firework Display 04 November 2012 at 16:00
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The National Youth Agency has re-launched Youth Work Week this year to celebrate great youth work and generate positive publicity for young people locally. From 1 to 7 November 2010, youth groups cross the country will be urged to celebrate great youth work, and to raise awareness of its benefits among politicians, both local and national, as well as the general public.
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