Beating summer boredom

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A BOOK to beat the summer holiday boredom for young people is proving to be a ‘best seller.’

Last year the ‘Nothing to do - Think Again!’ brochure led hundreds of St Helens youngsters to a range of fun, organised opportunities around the borough.

Now the updated version for summer 2011 includes all last year’s favourites – and a few new ones besides and is attracting more young people to leisure activities. From live music to free swimming sessions and sports activities, the guide has it covered. It also lists what’s on offer at youth centres across St.Helens, plus events listings including art exhibitions, nature walks and fun days. There really is something for everyone!

And, don’t forget, by logging on to www.sthelens.gov.uk/whatsoninsthelens you can find out much more about the wide range of activities on offer to pre-school children through to teenagers. You can also visit the council’s Facebook page.

Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, Safer Communities and Youth Councillor Sue Murphy, said: “The brochure is packed with ideas and was a huge success last year.”

To make sure everyone enjoys themselves safely this summer, the council and its Community Safety Partners will also be re-running the successful Safespace campaign in the borough’s parks and open spaces.

With lighter nights often bringing an upturn in anti-social behaviour, particularly off road vehicle nuisance, Merseyside Police will be stepping up patrols in hotspot areas identified by residents. Helena Partnerships are also running a number of youth activities to steer young people away from potentially harmful anti-social behaviour.

“As well as causing excessive noise and making peoples’ lives a misery, these vehicle can pose real dangers for others,” said Councillor Murphy, “with reckless riding on pavements, grassed areas or play areas.”

Riding any motorbike, quad bike or mini moto off-road on public land in St.Helens is illegal. You can report anti-social behaviour or off-road vehicle nuisance by calling Merseyside Police on 0151 709 6010.