Community YoungStars activities prove popular with youngsters in Chesterfield

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A school summer holiday activity programme has proved popular with youngsters in Chesterfield.

Community YoungStars, organised by Redeeming Our Communities (ROC), has been taking place at Queen’s Park Annexe.

Activities from football coaching to street dance, craft activities and music are available for youngsters from the Birdholme, Boythorpe and Grangewood area.

On average the programme, which has been running since Monday, July 23, has attracted around 100 youngsters per week.

Redeeming Our Communities is a national charity founded in 2004 and runs more than 50 projects throughout the UK.

The charity’s main aim is to bring together community groups, churches, the police, the fire service, local authorities and voluntary agencies to work towards reducing crime and anti-social behaviour and encourage a positive change.

Volunteers from Holmebrook Valley Community Church, St John’s and Stonedge Chapel teams, Zion, Walton Evangelical and Grace Chapel have all been involved in the organisation and running of the activities.

PCSO Hannah Blockwell and PCSO Ricky Kirk from Holmebrook and Rother Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team, who cover the area where it is targeted, recently visited the project.

PCSO Blockwell said: “The project is an excellent way in which various agencies come together and interact with the community, the activities are free and it is run by local volunteers.

“The project is an excellent way in engaging with the community, it is a clear demonstration how different agencies can work together to help achieve the same goal, reducing anti-social behaviour.”

Each day includes three sessions: the morning for primary age children, the afternoon for 11-15 year olds and a youth club for 15-17 year olds in the evening.

For more information about the programme contact Christian Churches Together or visit the website: