Aninnovative diversionary project for local youths is being launched in the runup to bonfire night. The Firecracker initiative is being headed up byGainsborough based housing association Acis Group to get youths off the streetsand get them involved in fun activities in a safe environment.
Firecracker,now in its third year, aims to tackle the issues of increased crime andanti-social behaviour during this period by engaging with youngsters.
Firecrackerwill be held every Friday for five weeks, from 5 October to 2 November between5pm and 7pm. Up to 40 youths aged between 11 and 16 can be accommodated duringeach session, which will be held at the Park Springs Community Centre inGainsborough.
ClairSmith, Senior ASB Officer for Acis, said:
"Thesuccess of Firecracker during its first two years was fantastic and we aredelighted to be hosting another Firecracker event. As ever, the latest Firecrackerpromises to be bigger and better than the last. We have a whole range ofactivities on offer and some great partners involved."
Firecrackerwill be offering youngsters the chance to participate in multi sportsactivities each week, as well as a variety of other activities such as police'CSI' style scenario set ups, t-shirt printing, nail art, bracelet making andmore. They'll also get a free hot meal and a drink.
Firecrackeris a partnership scheme developed by Acis in conjunction with West LindseyDistrict Council, Lincolnshire County Council, Positive Futures, Image Skool,McDonalds, and Lincolnshire Police and Fire Services.
"Itis testament to those involved with Firecracker that we are once again able tooffer this series of events for free. The initiative aims to benefit the wholecommunity by providing a positive outlet for local youngsters and helping toreduce crime and anti-social behaviour."
Thereis a free bus service from X Church to the Park Springs Community Centre andback during each Firecracker evening. Parental consentforms are required from those attending. For more information contact Acis on0800 027 2057.