The third year of an innovative diversionary project for local youths has been hailed as a success. The Firecracker initiative, headed up by Gainsborough based housing association Acis Group, aimed to get youths off the streets and involved in fun activities in a safe environment.
Firecracker was held at the Park Springs Community Centre in Gainsborough for five weekly sessions in the run up to bonfire night, with the aim of tackling the issues of increased crime and anti-social behaviour during this period by engaging with youngsters.
Firecracker offered youngsters the chance to participate in a variety of activities such as multi sports, police 'CSI' style scenario set ups, t-shirt printing, nail art, bracelet making and music. Around 150 attended across the five sessions, with ages ranging between 9 and 15 years.
Clair Smith, Senior ASB Officer for Acis, said:
"Firecracker benefits the whole community by providing a positive outlet for local youngsters and helping to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour. It is clear those who attended Firecracker enjoyed it - 80% said it was even better than last year and nearly 100% said they would come again."
Firecracker is a partnership scheme developed by Acis in conjunction with West Lindsey District Council, Lincolnshire County Council, Positive Futures, Image Skool, McDonalds, and Lincolnshire Police and Fire Services.
"To be able to deliver Firecracker for three years is a great achievement and is testament to the organisations involved and the local youngsters who have attended. Keeping it fresh and appealing is always a challenge, especially when putting the sessions on free of charge, and we are delighted that this year has been another great success."