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Firecracker goes off with a bang

Firecracker

More than 60 young people attended this year’s Firecracker activities designed to curb antisocial behavior in Gainsborough.

Firecracker is a weekly activity night for young people aged between 11 and 16 which ran every Friday night from October 14 to November 4 and aimed at getting young people off the street and in a safe indoor environment.

The Acis owned project saw multiple volunteers from the affordable housing company turn up and host activities such as nail art, biscuit making, t-shirt designing and much more. Also helping with the event was Gainsborough Trinity FC which organised dodgeball each week and Super Kitchen which provided free food and drink to the young people.

ASB Officer and Firecracker organiser Penny Shaw said: “Firecracker has shown how partnership work between agencies and services can be effective in our community with our very own volunteers, Lincolnshire Police, Gainsborough Trinity Foundation and Bread and Roses. By working together we can provide an exciting provision which has clearly engaged with young people. We have had our most successful year yet with more than 40 attendees at every session and more than 60 young people attending two or more sessions.

 “Not only does Firecracker provide a safe, healthy and active place for young people, it has also helped us get to know the young people in our community and encourage them to get involved in other activities.”

“Firecracker volunteers and participants are grateful to the West Lindsey Community Fund and the Thonock Truct who provided funding for some of the food and activities. Following on from Firecarcker 2016 we will be meeting with our partners to review the event and plan for the future.”

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