Lights go down on an action packed summer
YOUNG people had a blast over the summer holiday as they learned to dance like Beyonce and mix their own tunes.
Summerzone, a multimedia summer school, shut its gates this week as the new academic year started.
But organisers say because of its huge success, it will back again next year.
Harmony Youth Project in partnership with other local organsations — Muzik, Venus Project and Upbeat Media — set up Summerzone for young people aged eight to 15 to take part in a range of activities including recording, dancing, art and design, photography video and talent competitions.
Charlie Barratt, project manager of Harmony Youth Project, said: “Summerzone was a fantastic experience for everyone.
“It will be back next year 100 per cent.”
He added: “We couldn’t have done it without volunteers, particularly Donna Handley and Angela Hunt and the support of Westhoughton Rotary Club, Bolton at Home, Bolton CVS and Lankelly.
“It was a real community effort.”
About 40 young people attended each day — more than organisers had expected.
Mr Barratt said Summer-zone had raised the profile of Harmony Youth Project, with more young people coming to the youth club.
He said: “We had young people who have had positive experience of education who act as role models to those who have not.
“Some are able to use what they have done here on their university and college application forms while those who have had negative experiences of school can re-engage with education and go to college.
“It is about giving young people something positive to do rather than just hanging around. They are good kids and need somewhere to go.
“Summerzone has shown them and their parents what we do at Harmony Youth Project.”
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