More fun in the sun than ever
Wednesday July 6, 2011
For the first time ever, children and young people in Hammersmith & Fulham are being given the chance to attend thousands of activities this summer across west and central London.
H&F, Kensington and Chelsea, and Westminster councils have joined forces to tell children and young people aged 0-19 about events taking place across the three boroughs.
This has been done by creating one simple information and listings booklet, called ‘Summer in the City’, which has details of hundreds of events, groups and clubs happening in July and August. It is being sent to all pupils in the three boroughs – around 60,000 school age children in total – via their schools over the next fortnight.
It is also the first time a publication has been made as part of the recent tri-borough working project – which has brought together several services, including children's services, from all three boroughs – saving the taxpayer thousands of pounds.
Cllr Helen Binmore, H&F cabinet member for children’s services, said: “The Summer in the City guide is a great way to find out what is happening not only in your local area, but just across the border into K&C and Westminster.
“Nearly all the exciting activities are free and are open to young people from across the boroughs. This booklet is the first example of a tri-borough publication – not only is it saving the taxpayer money by producing one rather than three separate guides, it is also offering children and young people more opportunities to take part in fun, exciting and different activities.
I hope that all the children taking part in activities, joining groups and playing sport across our boroughs have a wonderful summer and that this guide will help make their holidays interesting and memorable.”
Activities include sports, theatre, music and dance workshops, plays, and circus skills, and are open to all children aged 0-19, and to young disabled people up to 25. Summer in the City is also available online at www.lbhf.gov.uk/summerinthecity.
This joint initiative follows an announcement earlier this year that the three boroughs would look at ways to share services in order to make back office savings.
H&F, K&C and Westminster expect combined services to save at least £33 million by 2014/15. Initial proposals are being developed in the four areas of adult services, children's services, environmental services and corporate services.