Keeping Bracknell youngsters busy in holidays
Published: 19 Sep 2013 13:300 comments
Following a pilot programme last month, the Positive Children 4 Real Project is holding its first public meeting next week, in Bracknell, to officially launch the group.
The non-denominational group seeks to develop the creativity and cultural relationships between children of all ethnicities, promoting equality, inclusion, trust and respect.
It will run activities on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays during school holidays and half terms.
The group was started by four mums from the area – chairperson Ene Igbokwe, vice chairperson Elizabeth Nwachukwu, Chika Dickson and Mercy Appiah.
The friends had seen the need within the community for a group to bring together children from different ethnic backgrounds, and decided this was best done through fun-filled activities, in particular through arts and crafts
Consequently the group’s motto is ‘fun is better, when children are empowered’.
The costs of activities are designed to be affordable for parents, with a horse-riding session in August costing £10 per child. Mrs Dickson, who has worked with children for 21 years, said the formation of the group was partly in response to the high prices of other holiday care options for children.
She said: “Lots of parents can’t afford mainstream holiday care, which can cost about £100 a week. We wanted to have a group which was available to everyone.”
The group’s pilot programme ran in the summer holidays and was attended by 26 children, aged four-15.
The children themselves decided what activities they would like to do throughout the three weeks, and an impressive and fun-packed timetable including horse riding, ice skating, sport and dance was decided on, as well as trips to Chessington Zoo, Coral Reef and Legoland.
Mrs Dickson said: “The pilot went really well. Horse riding was the children’s favourite, and the trip to Chessington – they loved it so much. They’ve already started planning what they want to do in October half term, and we’ll be doing horse riding and ice skating again.
“They’ve also chosen laser quest, go karting and trips to Big Apple and Whoosh, as well as African cultural dancing.”
The public meeting will be held on Wednesday, Septem-ber 25, from 7-9pm, at Coopers Hill Youth and Community Centre, in Crowthorne Road North, off Bagshot Road, Bracknell. The guest speaker will be Bracknell Forest mayor Jan Angell.
As well as explaining Positive Children 4 Real’s philosophies, the meeting will give the children who attended the summer sessions a chance to showcase their work.
The group was set up without grants but the committee is continuing to apply for grants to subsidise the amount children pay to attend, and make the group accessible for more families.
For more information on Positive Children 4 Real Project, visit www.positivechildren4real.co.uk or call 07551 384600 or 07400 783333.