CHILDREN in Tameside have turned to traditional pastimes to create fun ways of keeping fit and active.
Tameside Council has worked in partnership with Greenside Primary School, part of the Victorious Academies Trust, and the School Sports Partnership to produce 'Pavement Games' – designed to encourage more children and families to walk to school more often.
Inspired by the past, 180 pupils from the school created innovative designs in chalk for pavement games that they would like to play on. The Council turned the winning designs into permanent games on the surrounding residential streets.
Installing engaging and fun games on routes to school, co-created with the children themselves, will encourage more families to use active travel modes to get to school, with parents proud to see their children's work and children seeing the school journey as a chance to play.
Cllr Leanne Feeley, Tameside Council's Executive Member for Lifelong Learning and Culture, said: "The children have created some fantastic, imaginative designs that are really fun to play on. I hope they will be well used and encourage more children and families to walk to school more often and be more active."
Cllr Eleanor Wills, Tameside Council's Executive Member for Population Health, said: "Pavement Games focus on movement and play giving children an enjoyable way of keeping fit and active. It's great for community spirit, health and wellbeing and also the environment by encouraging active travel journeys to school rather than using polluting vehicles."
Both councillors visited the school to see the designs and thank everyone involved for creating the games and bringing them to life.
The initiative was inspired by children taking to the streets during the pandemic to create chalk challenges that encouraged people to move more. The school's PE Lead Michael Ellis challenged pupils to create pavement games that focused on movement and play. The children were given chalk to test out their ideas in the playground and were then tasked with refining their design and drawing it. The locations were chosen based on a parents' survey and their routes to school, with council engineers assessing their safety and suitability.
The school is also encouraging parents to organise walking buses and more active routes to school.
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TAMESIDE residents have responded superbly to a plea to make sure only clean paper and card goes in their blue bins to save money and help the environment.
The blue bin contamination campaign, jointly launched by Tameside Council and Recycle for Greater Manchester in February, is already saving approximately £14,500 per month, helping to safeguard limited funds for priority services.
From April to October, 2020, more than 340 lorry-loads of paper and card recycling from Tameside were rejected as they were contaminated with other waste such as nappies, plastic bags, polystyrene and even food. This added up to more than 1,600 tonnes and cost around £142,000 in landfill charges.
However, in the first month of the campaign, only three lorry-loads were turned down. That is a 92% improvement on the normal monthly average of 38 and represents a possible annual saving of almost £175,000.
Cllr Allison Gwynne, Tameside Council's executive member with responsibility for waste and recycling, said: "I want to say a huge thank-you to all of our residents for responding so positively to the campaign and sorting out their blue bin recycling correctly. This is saving significant amounts of public money that can now go towards vital frontline services.
"This has been a truly exceptional effort and I want to urge everyone to keep up the good work so that we can keep seeing the financial and environmental benefits."
As part of the campaign, waste services manager Garry Parker explains more about the issue with contaminated blue bins here www.youtube.com/watch?v=5H7m62B2toM
For further information visit: https://recycleforgreatermanchester.com
It may be a year of uncertainty for lots of families but one thing is for sure – Tameside's foster families are as amazing as ever.
This October, the Tameside Council fostering team are celebrating all the ways that foster siblings change the lives of children every day. Supporting the national campaign led by The Fostering Network, the Sons & Daughters campaign features children and young people from Tameside's foster families as they share what being a foster sibling means to them.
The children and young people of Tameside foster carers were asked: 'What is the best thing about having a foster sibling?' And here are some of the responses...
Freddie, aged 8 from Tameside says;
'The best thing about being a foster sibling is that they are really cute and we get to take care of them so they're safe'.
Becky, 21 helps her mum take care of her foster children and says 'The best thing about having a foster sibling is being able to be in their life and make a positive impact. Whether that be by playing, making them smile, talking, listening to them and just being there. It enables growth within the foster child and myself which is so uplifting. You can see the foster child happy and smiling as their life is changing for the better'.
While Georgia, 7 loves that she 'has someone to play with all the time'.
Tameside Council Deputy Executive Leader Bill Fairfoull says 'Here in Tameside, we value our foster families who make such a difference to local looked after children's lives. Fostering gives them the opportunity to experience a stable and happy family life and a support system to help them to achieve their dreams. It's great to hear from birth children of local foster families on how fostering is positive experience for them too.'
The campaign acts as part of Tameside's wider strategy to recruit more fantastic foster carers to look after local children in need of a loving and safe home. As the pandemic continues, Tameside is still in need of foster carers and are appealing to those who may be looking for a career change for a number of reasons. If you have worked with children before or maybe you are a nurse, teaching assistant or youth worker looking for truly rewarding role, Tameside can support you through specialist training to help you become a highly skilled foster carer.
Head to the website; https://www.tameside.gov.uk/fostering and the Tameside Facebook and Twitter pages to see the campaign video in full and hear more of what Tameside's wonderful foster siblings have to say.
You can also view the video here; https://youtu.be/nYAJT0CnAZA
Do you know someone who could foster a local child?
Tell them to call the friendly Tameside Fostering team today on 0161 342 2342 today or visit the website www.tameside.gov.uk/fostering to find out more.