Local Youth’s Benefit from Community Foundation Grant

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  • October 3, 2013

Everything that is good about the young people of the Calder Valley was on show at Calder Holmes Park on

through the Fair for Youth festival.

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Fair for Youth is an event put on by the young people of Hebden Bridge for the young people of the Calder Valley.

It provides the young people of the Valley with a platform to show off their diverse ranges of skills, abilities

This year the Community Foundation for Calderdale provided the Fair for Youth festival organisers with a grant which gave festival organisers the opportunity to plan and run this successful event.and interests, as well as promoting the support services that are available within Calderdale.

As the event was run by young people, it gave them the opportunity to be a part of being involved with something positive within their community, build on their confidence and also gain key skills such as events management, budgeting, health, safety and legislation, marketing and promotions and leadership which they can carry with them through-out their lives.

There was a whole array of activities going on at the Fair for Youth festival, which has been running for the past 3 years and has grown bigger and better each year. This year the Fair for Youth festival had over the region of 500 people attending and approximately 35 young people organising the event.ffy2

This year the Fair for Youth festival 2013 had a ‘M.A.D.D Activities Marquee’ which featured a range of youth –led workshops focusing on Music, Arts, Dance and Drums for the festival goers. Workshops available included Open Mic, Tie Dye T-Shirts, Hair Braiding, Jewellery Making, Graffiti, African Drumming and Dance as well as much more!!

Other tents included a Live Band and a Live DJ tent which featured talent from a wide range of local bands and DJ’s. Support services at the festival included sexual health services, drug and alcohol service Branching Out (Lifeline) and careers advice.

The Community Foundation for Calderdale enabled the Fair for Youth organisers to purchase workshop materials and other essential equipment to ensure the Fair for Youth festival was as engaging, effective, beneficial and as successful as it could possibly be.

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