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St Ives summer activities

It was a wet afternoon in St Ives but for once it wasn't the weather and nobody was complaining! 

60 young people from the Broad Leas centre visited St Ives Fire Station and learned first hand about the work of the fire crews and how hard it was to hold onto a fire hose!

The visit was part of the St Ives summer activity programme which runs three days a week from midday to 4pm for four weeks.  The programme, funded by LPSA is organised by the youth work team but involved 10 volunteers, young workers, plus family and Connexions workers.  Activities so far have included, cooking, Thai Boxing, volleyball, basketball and a ‘trash to fashion show'. 

ADeC (Arts Development in East Cambridgeshire) have also been involved running street dance and circus skills workshops as well as creating a graffiti wall.

The project has received a great deal of support from the Fire Service who have been involved for two days doing fun activities and at the same time giving some important community safety messages. A highlight of their involvement yesterday was a relay race where young people had to put on fire uniforms and run out hoses.

At Easter this year the Fire Service funded a similar programme over the school holidays and it was such a success that this summer's programme was over-subscribed.

Youth work manager Ruth Croker said “The link with the Fire Service has been invaluable and officers are now visiting the Broad Leas centre on a regular basis”. Ruth thanked Carl Bowden the Huntingdon Station Manager and Steve Carrier the St Ives Watch Manager for their support in making this possible. 

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