Having Fun The Green Way

An environmental fun day in Ealing

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A few colourful images of the day (courtesy of A2Dominion)



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Hundreds of residents turned out for a family fun day in Ealing, organised by a group of young people wanting to raise awareness of living an environmentally-friendly lifestyle.

The Youth Task Force, a group of eight to 15-year-olds supported by local housing provider A2Dominion, staged the event at the Trailfinders Sports Club in Ealing on Saturday (August 21).

With the help of A2Dominion’s Community Involvement Team, they came up with the ideas for a host of activities including:

* An exhibition of artwork made from recycled materials
* Arts and crafts sessions using recycled materials
* Football training sessions and a football tournament run by Queens Park Rangers football club
* Street dance workshops and performances by Ghost Dance Troupe
* Free barbecue
* Adult gardening activities
* Family sporting events such as egg and spoon races and wellies throwing
* Bouncy castle
* Face painting
* Gladiator duals

Lorna Anderson, A2Dominion’s Director of Customer Services, said: “The Youth Task Force organised a fantastic event, and we’ve had brilliant feedback from those who came along.

“There was a great choice of activities to suit people of all ages, from face painting and a bouncy castle for children, to arts and crafts exhibitions and information and advice about training and employment opportunities for adults.”

As part of the event, an initiative called ‘Ask Coach’ took place, allowing people to sign up for their own personal skills coach. People were able to find out about a range of volunteering, training and employment opportunities, including those related to the 2012 Olympic Games, as part of the 2012 Employment & Skills Outreach Programme funded by the London Development Agency.

Krishna Dasani, an A2Dominion resident of Emerald Square, Southall, attended the Youth Task Force day, and said: “The event was good to keep the children busy in the holidays with all the activities that were available. I also signed up at the ‘Ask Coach’ stand for some help looking into employment which has been great.”

Ealing's Environment Cabinet Member Cllr Bassam Mahfouz, who attended the event, said; "Young people are passionate about the environment and it showed through the enthusiasm on their faces.

“Linking issues such as recycling with fun activities for young people alongside vital advice for parents is innovative and I'd like to see more events like this in future."

A2Dominion, which is a not-for-profit organisation, has thousands of residents across London and manages more than 3,000 homes in Ealing; more than 1,700 homes in Hammersmith & Fulham; more than 2,000 homes in Hounslow; more than 1,000 homes in Westminster.

24 August 2010

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