Children and young people are being given the opportunity to get involved with a wide range of events to keep them entertained and engaged. There’s a mix of free and paid for activities with something for everyone from outdoor events, arts and crafts and music to free swimming. There are also plenty of opportunities for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.
Highlights include free swimming lessons from WV Active, spooky Halloween fun at Wildside Activity Centre, arts and media activities with Gazebo Theatre and pumpkin carving at the Kingswood Trust. Budding artists can also learn all about song writing and music production with BeatsaBar music project.
Councillor Beverley Momenabadi, the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: “The Yo! Summer Festival was a great success and offered our children and young people a focus by providing them with places to go and things to do throughout the school holidays.
“At least 18,000 young people and families took part in nearly 500 events and activities and, as well as giving children and young people fun activities to keep them busy, delivering these types of programmes also had a positive effect on reducing anti social behaviour – the Yo! Summer Festival helped cut instances of anti social behaviour by 39% compared to 2018, when there was no similar programme of holiday events.
“As a council, we are building on our commitment to give children and young people the best possible start in life and, thanks to the support of local partners and funding from the Government's Household Support Grant, are looking forward to delivering another packed programme for youngsters and their families this October half term.
“What’s even better is that the activities have been chosen by young people, for young people, demonstrating our commitment to working together. I urge children, young people and their families to get involved and, most importantly, have fun!”
Full details of half term activities can be found on the Yo! website. Activities are being added all the time, so please check back regularly.
The Yo! website also offers children, young people and families support, advice and information on everything from mental health and wellbeing to education and careers.