Fun filled summer

A new, bright ideas blueprint - free to every household - could make boredom a thing of the past for young people this summer.

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

Now it's been updated for summer 2011 to include all last year's favourites - and a few new ones besides. It will be going out to every household in the borough from 18 July and be distributed through libraries, youth centres, the police and housing associations.

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!

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.

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