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Sandwell Council’s Youth Service is half way through their summer activities in parks which are attracting hundreds of young people.

Young people and families are being encouraged to come along to their local session where they’ll find some great activities on offer.

Each session will have Sandwell’s Youth Bus where older children can play games consoles, test their voices (and everyone else’s ears) on the super karaoke and learn how to make their own songs in the mini recording studio.

Some of the sessions will also have the Cannabis Awareness trailer to highlight the risks around cannabis factories, and a special Go – Kart to demonstrate the dangers of drink or drug driving. These sessions will be supported by DECCA.

On a number of sessions there will also be face painting, children can learn circus skills, and have a go at balloon modelling where they can take part in a challenge to win a special prize.  They may even get the chance to scale the giant climbing wall or take part in some team challenges against the youth workers.  All activities are free.

The Youth Service will next be visiting Brunswick Park on Wednesday 16 August and Thursday 17 August, 3pm to 6pm. The following week (Thursday 24 and Friday 25 August) it will be at Lion Farm Playing Fields. The final sessions will be held at Victoria Park in Smethwick on Wednesday 30 and Thursday 31 August.

Councillor Simon Hackett visited the sessions when they were held at Redhouse Park in Great Barr. He is encouraging families and young people to go along to the remaining sessions.

He said: “My family and I really enjoyed going along to Redhouse Park. It was great to see young people enjoying these free activities. I urge parents and carers to bring their children along to these sessions in the coming weeks.

Samantha Beesley came along to the event with her two children. She said: “I was really impressed with the event at Redhouse Park. It’s not often we go to events where the activities keep both my eight-year-old and twelve-year-old entertained.”