Jul 30 2012 By Poppy Bradbury
ALMOST one year on from the Ealing riots, community figureheads have got together to put on an exciting and varied programme of free summer events for young people.
A few months after yobs stormed through Ealing’s high streets, conscientious adults in Greenford were determined to engage with bored youngsters - many of whom were swept up in the moment last summer.
Members of Ravenor Park Residents Association and officers from Greenford Broadway Safer Neighbourhood Team raised £2,500 from a successful music concert in April.
A further £3,500 from Ealing Council’s youth offending teams, Grand Union Village developer Taylor Wimpey and the estates’ community development trust will pay for three weeks of free entertainment.
The Summer Activities for Youth aimed at eight to 16-year-olds runs from August 13 to 31 at the Grand Union Village community centre in Higham Mews, Northolt.
The bumper programme includes boat trips, sports and games, arts and dance, photography and filming, DJing and environmental activities.
Jackie Sear, chief executive of charity EASE - Empowering Action and Social Esteem - managing the project, said: “We’re trying to meet local needs and one of those is a lack of activities for children and young adults in the area, particularly in the summer.
“Anti-social behaviour has been a concern and we wanted to tackle this in a positive way by giving the children activities which they can engage in.
“We have made sure that there is at least something of interest for everyone each day.’’
Entertainment will be provided by local groups including Brentford Football Club Community Sports Trust, West London Floating Classroom, Cuban Boxing Academy, Quins Rugby Club.
Archie Ross, chairman of Ravenor Park Residents Association, behind the project, said: “It’s a great scheme and it gives young people something productive to do during the summer, instead of staying out on the streets. Hopefully initiatives like this will tackle the causes of last year’s riots.’’
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