Free programme of activities gets off to great start

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HUNDREDS of young people made the most of the glorious summer weather and took part in free activities.

The three-week long Access All Areas programme got off to a great start with a day of fun held on Cams Alders Recreation Ground, in Fareham, yesterday.

There was an assault course, driving lessons, DJ workshops, hair braiding, laser quest, archery, and much more, all topped off with a free barbecue.

Police and crime commissioner Simon Hayes opened the event, along with mayor of Fareham Cllr David Norris, by spinning a few tunes on the decks.

Mr Hayes said: ‘We know that young people are tempted to commit anti-social behaviour when they get bored or frustrated or angry.

‘The idea of these events is to give young people something to do so they are not bored, they use their energy in activity and are less tempted to commit anti-social behaviour.’

The Access All Areas scheme is in its fourth year and last year the area saw a 10 per cent reduction in anti-social behaviour.

All the events are free for 11 to 17-year-olds and will take place every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at places across Fareham, culminating in a free festival called Whestival held on the Meadowside Playing Fields, in Whiteley, on Wednesday, August 13.

Tutoring Mr Hayes and Cllr Norris on how to mix on the decks, was Paul Crocker, also known as DJ Small Paul.

DJ Small Paul, of Gosport, is a regular face at youth discos and it is his fourth year at Access All Areas.

He said: ‘Events like this are amazing – it’s growing and growing.

‘It’s all free and gets young people involved with all the right charities and the right people and gets them to try things that they’ve never tried before instead of just sitting at home on video games.’

Amy Kershaw, 16, was enjoying the activities, with her friend Georgina Barker, also 16, both from Fareham.

She said: ‘If we weren’t here we’d be doing nothing. Because we’ve finished school there’s not much for us to do. These events get you out and doing stuff.’

Yvonne Dunning, 16, from Fareham Heathens rugby club, was helping out on the assault course. She said: ‘This is great, it gets kids out the house and it’s free.’

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