Oxford City Council is supporting summer activities for children and young people this summer with £130,000 of funding for holiday programmes.
Free holiday activities for 11-19 year olds have been organised by the Council and more activities for children age four and upwards are delivered by partners.
The City Council’s Youth Ambition team is organising activities for 11-19 year olds in Rose Hill, Littlemore and Northway, providing a wide range of free activities from arts to cooking to sport, day trips to activities and non-formal education visits. For the first time this year, the Youth Ambition team are working with the City Council’s Green Spaces team to organise trips to Shotover Country Park, providing the opportunity for young people to engage in outdoor activities.
As well as the programme organised and run by the Youth Ambition team, the City Council is funding a further 15 holiday activity programmes for children age 4-19.
This year six young people will join the activities as Young Leaders, to gain an AQA accredited qualification at the end of the three weeks of activities.
The free activities organised by the City Council for 11-19yrs run from 29 July to 23 August at:
- Littlemore Community Centre, 11am-5pm, Monday to Friday
- Northway Community Centre, 12 noon-6pm, Monday to Friday
- Rose Hill Community Centre, 11am-5pm, Monday to Friday
The following partner activities may charge a small fee.
JSC: Primary programme (8-11yrs) runs 22 July to 29 August at Barton Neighbourhood Centre
- JSC: Secondary programme (12-19yrs) runs 22 July to 29 August at Barton Neighbourhood Centre
- EMBS Community College programme(12-18yrs) runs 22 July to 29 August at EMBS Community College, Templars Square
- East Oxford United Football Club programme (8-19yrs) runs 22 July to 16 August at Marsh Park
- Parasol Project: Teen Programme (13-19yrs) runs 29 July to 30 August at East Oxford Community Centre
- Parasol Project: Children Programme (5-12yrs) runs 29 July to 29 August at The Tower Playbase
- Dovecote programme (4-12yrs) runs 29 July to 22 August at The Dovecote
- Blackbird Leys Adventure Playground – BLAP programme (8-13yrs) runs 29 July to 23 August at Blackbird Leys Community Centre
- Leys CDI programme (9-19yrs) runs 29 July to 23 August at Blackbird Leys Community Centre
Lye Valley and Wood Farm
- Inspired Young People’s Project: Junior Programme (8-12yrs) runs 29 July to 23 August at Bullingdon Community Centre
- Inspired Young People’s Project: Senior Programme (12-17yrs) runs 29 July to 23 August at Wood Farm Youth Centre
- Rose Hill Primary School programme (8-13yrs) runs 29 July to 16 August at Rose Hill Primary School
- Rose Hill Junior Youth Club (10-16yrs) runs 27 August to 30 August at Rose Hill Community Centre
- Cutteslowe Community Association programme (8-13yrs) runs 29 July to 2 August at Cutteslowe Community Centre
- Cutteslowe Community Association programme (10-15yrs) runs 6 August to 23 August at Cutteslowe Community Centre
- Wolvercote Young People’s Club programme (8-19yrs) runs 6 August to 30 August at Wolvercote Young People’s Club
The Parasol Project’s Children and Teen programmes are designed to support children with additional needs within the groups. Other providers are able to consider additional needs on request.
At Rose Hill the City Council is providing facilities to support free sessions run by community groups for younger children age 2-11. The programme provides 2 hours of activity Mon-Fri throughout the six week summer break, and features a different activity every day.
Councillor Marie Tidball, Cabinet Member for supporting local communities, said “It’s really important that our young people are able to participate in summer activities, and we’re committed to removing some of the barriers that can stop kids taking part, overcoming these barriers by basing the activities in local centres and making them free or very low cost.
“It can be challenging for young people to find positive things to do in the long holiday, so by providing free activities in their local areas we want all our kids to have something they can join in on. It’s not just about activities, but learning new skills, gaining confidence, improving health, helping them make the transition to adult life and getting to know other parts of our City.
“As well as the free programmes for teenagers, we’ve partnered with other organisations to make sure younger children also have activities to join. There’s a great mix, mostly in community centres and local schools so they are local and easily accessed. We want all our children to feel there’s something fun they can get involved with while school’s out for the summer.”