Following the success of the Yo! Summer and October half-term events, the City of Wolverhampton Council is planning a festive treat for children and young people. It is lining up a packed programme of events and activities for youngsters and their families throughout the Christmas holidays, many of them free, with something for everyone from sports activities and festive arts and crafts, music and dance workshops.
There will also be plenty of opportunities for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities ranging from Christmas scavenger hunts and canal boat trips to den building. The full programme will be available on the Yo! Wolves website, www.yowolves.co.uk, in the near future, so please keep an eye out for updates.
Thousands of children, young people and their families have enjoyed Yo! events over the summer and October half-term holidays, with providers saying the activity programmes provide real opportunities for youngsters to build their confidence and get involved. Joseph Jackson from NPV Football Development said: “It’s vitally important that we work at grass roots level and that grassroots organisations and groups deliver services like this.”
One young person said: “They’ve come up with quite a few fun activities that you normally wouldn’t be able to do. It’s a good opportunity for me to try something new and get out of the house.”
Councillor Beverley Momenabadi, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: “We know how much children and young people benefit from having these opportunities to play, learn new skills and to meet other young people and with the help of local providers, we have been able to deliver a two fantastic Yo! programmes already.
“Our commitment as a council to deliver these opportunities continues and we are delighted that by once again working with city partners and funding from the council and Department of Education, we can deliver another fun-packed programme during the Christmas school holidays. I would encourage families and young people to keep an eye on www.yowolves.co.uk for all the latest events that will be taking place”.
Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, Cllr Mike Hardacre, added: “The Yo! activity programme is really building momentum, bringing new and exciting opportunities for children and young people to access, including youngsters with special educational needs and disabilities.
“Having a range of things to do during the school holidays gives them the chance to get involved, learn new skills, keep active, boost their self-confidence and, most importantly, have fun.” The www.yowolves.co.uk website offers children, young people and families support, advice and information on everything from mental health and wellbeing to education and careers.