Friday, 20 August 2010

Water sports tasters for young people

Young people will get the chance to stick their oars in and make some waves in free taster sessions at Yeadon Tarn this summer.

Young people aged 10 to 16 will have the opportunity to try out canoeing, kayaking, raft building, sailing and off road biking at Leeds City Council’s sailing and activity centre thanks to funding from the outer north west area committee.

Each young person will have a go at one or two of the activities, to help them discover what opportunities there are on their doorstep, which could possibly lead to a long-lasting interest.

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All media are invited to the second taster session on Monday 23 August between 10.30am-1pm at Yeadon Tarn. There will be opportunities to photograph the activities and speak to young people and the coaches. Please call the press office on 0113 247 4450 to arrange attendance.

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Along with the taster sessions, there are also school packages that have been introduced for primary schools in north west Leeds, which will run until October.

Councillor Brian Cleasby, chair of the outer north west area committee said:
“These taster sessions will offer young people a great chance to try their hands at a range of water sports with trained staff at the Leeds sailing and activity centre.

“It is a fantastic opportunity for local schools to try team building activities and give just a taster to young people of the activities that are available in their local area.”

Leeds sailing and activity centre, based at Yeadon Tarn will be providing all the equipment for the sessions and the young people will be taught by qualified and experienced staff working at the centre.

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For media enquiries, please contact;
Cat Milburn, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 247 4450
Email: Catherine.milburn@leeds.gov.uk

Community-minded youngsters go before the showcase cameras

The silver screen beckons for a bunch of youngsters who are an asset to their east Leeds community, as they compete for a national accolade.

So impressed is the Northern Housing Consortium, which represents housing organisations in the north, with the Junior Wardens from east and east north east Leeds that it’s nominated them for an award.

Cross Gates Primary School pupils who are part of the Junior Wardens scheme, which is run by East North East Homes Leeds (ENEHL), will be taking part in some filming during September to showcase why they are a positive influence on their community.

The scheme has been shortlisted in the Big Society category of the consortium’s Silver Screen Awards because it works with children to educate and involve them, and help them to understand the impact of their behaviour on their communities. The consortium was also impressed with the scheme’s ‘multi-agency’ approach.

The Junior Wardens have made a unique contribution to their local community through their clean ups, work with local community groups and helping educate the children on how to become a good community citizen.

It has raised awareness amongst children about the state of their neighbourhoods and how to stay safe in their communities. Activities highlighted issues such as abandoned cars, dumped rubbish and graffiti and aimed to help children understand why these become problems and what they can do about it by completing a programme of activities including: learning about fire safety, first aid, environmental and community issues and working with elderly residents from local groups to foster relationships between the ages and reduce social isolation.

The Big Society is a government initiative aimed at getting people involved in community activities to reduce ASB and create cohesive communities.

The Awards ceremony will take place in York on Tuesday 23 November as part of the Northern Housing Summit.

Angelina Fixter, chair of the East North East Homes Leeds board, said:
"For the Junior Warden Scheme to be shortlisted for this national award is a fantastic achievement in itself and a tribute to the brilliant work being carried out by the Junior Wardens and East North East Homes Leeds.
“The government’s Big Society is about getting closer to the local community to get better results.
“I’m proud to say this has always been a priority for us and being short listed in this category is a brilliant tribute to the work we’ve done and continue doing in our communities.”

Charlotte Harrison, Director of Policy and Strategy for the Northern Housing Consortium said:
“As a membership organisation, one of the Northern Housing Consortium’s key roles is to share best practice across the region. We started the Northern Silver Screen three years ago as a vehicle for conveying a large amount of information to Members in a succinct and engaging way – you can gain a lot more from a five minute film than you can by reading a report or watching a presentation.
“Northern Silver Screen celebrates innovation by showcasing initiatives that are really making a difference at a grass roots level. This is true of the ENEHL Junior Wardens scheme, and we particularly liked the fact that the scheme works with children to educate and involve them, and help them to understand the impact of their behaviour on their communities.
“We were also impressed by the multi agency approach. We believe that many of our members are already actively delivering ‘Big Society’, and the Junior Wardens scheme is a great example of this. We are looking forward to seeing the finished film.”

Notes to editors:
East North East Homes Leeds
is one of three Arms Length Management Organisations (ALMO) which manage and maintain council housing on behalf of Leeds City Council. It is wholly owned by the council, which retains ownership of housing stock and sets rents.
East North East Homes Leeds manages 19,000 council-owned residential properties in Boston Spa, Burmantofts, Chapel Allerton, Chapeltown, Collingham, Gipton, Halton Moor, Harehills, Linton, Meanwood, Moor Allerton, Moortown, Seacroft, and Wetherby.

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For media enquiries please contact:
Michael Molcher, Leeds City Council (0113) 224 3937
e-mail: michael.molcher@leeds.gov.uk