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Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Riots inspire free events for young people

Ealing Gazette
Aug 7 2012 By Poppy Bradbury

A YEAR on from the Ealing riots, community figureheads have got together to put on a varied programme of free summer events for young people.

Conscientious adults in Greenford have been determined to engage with bored youngsters, some of whom were caught up in last Augusts disorder.

Members of Ravenor Park Residents Association and officers from Greenford Broadway Safer Neighbourhoods Team raised £2,500 through a music concert in April.

A further £3,500 from Ealing Councils youth offending team, Grand Union Village developer Taylor Wimpey and the estate's community development trust will pay for three weeks of free entertainment.

Activities aimed at eight to 16-year-olds run from August 13 to 31 at the Grand Union Village community centre in Higham Mews, Northolt, including boat trips, sports and games, arts and dance, photography and filming, DJ sessions and environmental activities.

Jackie Sear, chief executive of social action charity EASE, 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.

"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 and Harlequins Rugby Club.

Archie Ross, chairman of Ravenor Park Residents Association, 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."

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